Sunday, January 20, 2008

My Mother's Optimism

My Mom had two bouts of cancer in her last years.
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First, she had breast cancer and a couple of years later she had ovarian cancer. For about five years, it seemed like all of her life was surgery, radiation, and chemo-therapy.
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While she was recovering from the second cancer, I wrote a poem about her experience, and it appears in my book about my parents, Lighning and Ashes.
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Recently, the poem was republished by The Survivor's Review, an online journal for and about cancer survivors.

I thought you might like to see the poem and maybe take a look at some of the other poems and stories there.
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Here's the link:
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2 comments:

Christina Pacosz said...

John, too bad your mom and my mom never had a chance to meet on this earth. They had much in common with their particular brand of optimism.

Karen J. Weyant said...

Hi John, I read your book about six months ago, and just now found your blog through a link on Mary Biddinger's page. Having just recently lost my mother, I admire your poems about your parents and the ease (although, for you, it's not that easy, I am sure) you talk about them. I hope someday I can write about my mother with the same love and understanding that you do with your parents' stories.