Saturday, March 25, 2023

What Cancer Cannot Do

Several months ago, shortly after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I received an e-hug via facebook from a complete and total stranger, in a response to a post I put on a facebook page regarding my cancer.  The e-hug I received contained a poem titled What Cancer Cannot Do. The person I received the e-hug from was sharing this with me as her mom had just lost her 11 year battle with lung cancer.  Like so many cancer survivors do, this woman kept her head held high and remained compassionate about life. She lived her life and didn’t let the cancer diagnosis live it for her. She had several plaques around her home with this poem on it to remind her of just what exactly cancer can not do.  In the same spirit that this was shared with me and with the impending new year coming in, I share it with all of you.  Some of you may have heard of it before, but I think it’s a great reminder of what can not be taken away from you when it seems like so many things are.

Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot part true friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit

Happy New Year!



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This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Joan Penfold

    Keep fighting and being a WINNER! Fight like a girl and kick butt!

    • Katie

      Thanks, Joan! Happy New Year to you!

  2. patty fenton

    I’m fighting like a girl, staying strong and keeping my faith…

  3. Lori

    I love this poem. I recieved it in the same package as my first “fluffy” or soft prosthesis from the Canadian Cancer Society. I hung it on my fridge so I would see it every day. It was so important because my mother was fighting terminal lung cancer when I found my breast cancer. It seemed too much for us to bear. The poem helped me keep it all in perspective. I am done treatment and working on reconstruction my mother has out lived her prognosis by 10 months. Life is good 🙂

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