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THE JOY OF BRAIN TUMORS

Posted by O'Maolchaithaigh on March 14, 2011

I didn’t know I could find joy in
a brain tumor
I never really felt love before
the brain tumor
I never felt such fear
a brain tumor!?

We joke about it
It’s not like you have a brain tumor
We compare headaches to
brain tumors.

It’s my step-daughter that had
the brain tumor
I never knew such fear
– the all-day brain surgery
– the chemotherapy
– the radiation.

I never knew I felt such love
this young woman I’d known
thirteen years from girl to woman
I never knew such joy
– after the operation she survived
– still needed chemo she survived
– still needed radiation
gamma knife
– a high-tech magic bullet.

Damn brain tumor
fuckin’ damn brain tumor
dead brain tumor.

She survived
She’s alive
She’s healthy
She’s whole.

My chest loosened
I can breathe
My heart
is beating.

I never knew such joy before
the brain tumor.

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4 Responses to “THE JOY OF BRAIN TUMORS”

  1. LetterzToNoOne said

    “I never knew such joy before the brain tumor.” Makes you look at things in a whole different light.

    • Yes. I truly had never experienced such tremendous joy as when Maya survived. Didn’t know I loved her that much; didn’t know how painful it would have been to lose her.
      Thank you for commenting.

      • LetterzToNoOne said

        We lost our precious Tatiana to cancer when she was only three and a half years old. I think I understand, not only with my mind but with my heart, what you are saying. So good to hear your daughter is well.

      • Sorry to hear about Tatiana. I can only imagine the devastation you’ve experienced. It is good that so much effort is now being directed towards pediatric cancer. ‘My child’ and ‘cancer’ should never appear in the same sentence.

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