Copyright© By Linda Nielsen
I was given a gift,wrapped shabbily, it was non-returnable,non-refundable!Reluctantly I accepted it.
In it I found courage I never knew existedand a patience far beyond anything ever experienced.I was given the ability to trust a stranger with that mostdear to me, and an endurance for the unknown.I was given unconditional love of family and friends,always there, never stopping, never faltering.I was given many prayers from far and wide,and the warmth of knowing I am truly cared about.I was given a fond farewell of my modesty and vanity,and the acceptance and love of an imperfect body.I was given a strong shoulder to lean onwhen that shoulder had once grown distant,and laughter and good times, more special than ever before.I was given many new friends,wonderful, courageous women I am so very proud to know.I was given warm sunshine and beautiful green grass,blue skies, and sparkling city lights.I was given things to see,that once before were ignored.I was given the chance to wake up,instead of sleepwalking through life.I was given every glorious day to enjoy,every month to savor, every year to rejoice.I was given the gift of life,I was given breast cancer.
I am so glad that you all liked this poem. I felt so much better after reading it. I gave this to my onco and surgeon and they are making copies to give to their old and new patients. We are also going to have a copy framed in our Community Breast Cancer House (due to open Oct 1, if we get all of the renovations completed) as well as place a copy in each notebook that we give to women that come to us for help.
We are a remarkable group of women that belong to a sisterhood that we didn't chose to have membership to. But, we share a bond and strength that will keep us strong and looking towards the future, no matter how tough things get.