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HEALING Dear Cancer,
Dear Cancer,
I know you shouldn't be here.
I know a healthy 37-year-old breast
should not have a lump. I know you
are uncontrollably dividing and
spreading, causing chaos to the surrounding
healthy tissue.
I understand the fear. I won't google
the statistics. Some people are too
afraid to even say your name.
Hey, I saw your nickname is Emperor
of all Maladies? That's intense.
I know that you are going to create
a whole lot of trouble. Anxiety, limited
mobility, night sweats, allergic
reactions, infections, dry mouth, hair
loss... to name a few.
So, I get it. People want to fight you.
I've seen the " Kick Cancer's A$$ "
t-shirts, mugs and novelty socks.
But, I am hesitant to put on my boxing gloves. For me, I am
not sure I want my journey to be a violent confrontation.
You see Cancer, I'm a mom. And I know that the louder and
angrier I get with my boys, the more they push back. Raising
my voice and stomping my feet, rarely gets me what I want.
Especially in the long-term.
I'm also a teacher.
So Cancer, I would like to tell you my version of how this
ends. Let me tell you the story.
You are throwing chairs and swiping books off of the shelves.
You pick up a scissors and start to scream. There are other children
huddled in the corner of the classroom, scared and crying.
The door slowly opens.
In walks our heroine, Mrs. Treatment. Dressed in a sensible
and chic Ann Taylor Loft ensemble, she enters the classroom.
She stops, places her hand over her heart, and takes three
deep breaths. This catches you, Cancer, off guard. You lower
the scissors.
Mrs. Treatment takes her cue and gradually makes her way
closer. She is now within arms distance. Your body language
changes. Fists relax. Chin lowers.
Mrs. Treatment gently places her arm around you and using
her multi-tasking superpowers, simultaneously reassures the
rest of the children, " You're safe. "
You lean into Mrs. Treatment and, as one, you begin to walk
towards the door. She whispers, " Time to go. "
So Cancer, here I sit. Day after day, recovering from surgeries.
Day after day, receiving chemotherapy. And I think of you often.
I imagine Mrs. Treatment, the culmination of the people,
medications, and surgeries, together working hard to, with
minimal violence, remove you from my body.
You see Cancer, for me, I choose to heal.
STEPH KENNELLY
ELEPHANTSANDTEA.COM
JUNE 2021
17
" I am hesitant to put on my boxing
gloves. For me, I am not sure I want
my journey to be a
Violent confront
at
ion.
You see Cancer, I'm a mom. And I
know that the louder and angrier I
get with my boys, the more they push
back. Raising my voice and stomping
my feet, rarely gets me what I want. "
http://www.ELEPHANTSANDTEA.COM

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