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IS IT CANCER?

July

A cough, a sneeze.
It is normal? Or is it
a side-effect of chemotherapy?
or is it
CANCER?
A headache
different from others I've had.
Is it sinus? Or is it
a side-effect of chemotherapy?
or is it
CANCER?
A skin mole
not of importance before the diagnosis
of breast cancer.
Now it looks suspicious; yet,
too petty to mention.
Still a worry.
Is it CANCER?
Will I think this way the rest of my life?
Or
after chemotherapy ends
will I relax?
The unanswered question still remains-
Did I have cancer?
or
Do I have CANCER?

From Journey Unknown (Journey Press, 1994)
© 1994, Margaret Phalor Barnhart


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