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Dear Cancer,
Dear Cancer,
I'm not sure when you entered my body, but I started to feel your
presence in November of 1993. I remember that day well. I was in
the eighth grade and at basketball practice. I was kneed in the back
and instantly felt a sharp pain. What I didn't know was that it was
you causing my pain that night. I had to sit out the rest of practice
and missed school the next day because the pain wouldn't go away.
You made my life miserable and unbearable for the next two months.
YOU were the cause of my misery.
You, yes, you caused me to feel pain in everything I did. It
hurt to laugh, sneeze, move quickly, sit on the school bus, sit
in the car, and sleep in a bed. I never knew how much pain you
would make me feel and where I would feel your presence. The
pain could go from a deep, aching pain to a sharp, stabbing
pain at any minute. One minute I felt you in my lower back
and the next my upper back. You were constantly there, but I
couldn't see you...no one could. X-rays couldn't find you, and
you stayed hidden and continued to spread throughout my body.
You are why I couldn't focus in school and lost all desire
to hang out with my friends. You prevented me from being a
normal teenager. You caused me to be isolated from my friends,
all before knowing who you were.
You also showed me miracles can happen. I woke up Christmas
morning without pain. A day without pain was all I asked
Santa/God for. For one day, I didn't feel your presence; I move
freely and felt normal. Unfortunately, you didn't stay away.
You caused my friends to laugh at me when I couldn't straighten my back because you had
spread into my bone marrow. While I was miserable, you and your friends were having a
good old time spreading throughout my body. You were trying to kill me. But I stopped you
in the ninth hour.
I was told your name when my bone marrow was 99% cancer cells. It was only
then that I became aware of your name...Leukemia.
At the time, I didn't hate you, and you didn't scare me. I was relieved to know
your name, to know you were the one who caused my pain. You were real. And
real meant I wasn't crazy; I wasn't making up the excruciating pain I was in
like everyone thought I was.
Real meant I would be able to get rid of you. You had been hiding in my body,
HATEFUL/THANKFUL
It's been 27 years since I
learned your name, and
today, I want to say
but now you were caught. For the next two and a half years, we battled, and I won. I kicked you
and all your cancer cell friends out of my body for good. That battle took my hair, metabolism,
left me with scars (emotional and physical) and long-term effects, but I won. I was the Victor!
It's been 27 years since I learned your name, and today, I want to say thank you. You showed
me I could be stronger than I could have ever imagined. You showed me that prayers work, and
miracles do happen. You allowed me to take a once-in-a-lifetime wish trip to Disney World
with my family and meet so many friends through camp and other amazing experiences.
Now I've written a book about my battle with you, so others will have the courage to fight
you too. You might have thought you were powerful, but my faith was more powerful than
you. I trusted my doctors, and I trusted God; together, you were defeated. You tried to destroy
me, but in the end, you only made me stronger.
Sincerely,
CAROLYN KONCAL BREINICH
ThankYou.
You showed me I could be
stronger than I could have
ever imagined. You showed
me that prayers work, and
miracles do happen.
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JUNE 2021
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