Cancer Poem

My sister dealt with breast cancer with the utmost dignity and courage we all admired.

My Special Sister Vicki

© Barbara Looney
My special sister, I want you to know how much you mean to me.
My special sister has strength and courage her whole family can see.
My special sister showed us all how to handle life's blows.
My special sister took it all in stride, smiled, and said, “That’s how it goes”.
My special sister, through all her pain, never once gave up or complained.
My special sister has dignity, warmth, and inner beauty that can't be explained.
My special sister, with all she was going through, always thought of others.
My special sister always took time to give of herself to friends, sisters and brothers.
My special sister was always there with her kind thoughts, deeds, and caring.
My special sister is well known and loved for her capacity for sharing.
My special sister needs to know how much she means to those who love her, especially me.
My special sister's strength, courage, and beauty are a shining example for all to see.
My special sister has carried a heavy burden for quite a long while.
My special sister would not allow us to share any of her pain but always her smile.
My special sister is surely a guardian angel sent from above.
My special sister, these heartfelt words are for you, from all of us who care, with all our love.


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Published: Jun 2007

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  • Your poem was lovely :) Really touched me. I lost my sister 4 year's ago and my granny 6 year's ago due to cancer in the liver! My sister was just 16 and I was 12. My life just hasn't been the same ever since. I always think about them everyday day and night. Sometimes even cry myself to sleep. Me and my family had been invited to a weekend retreat every month down to Newcastle as they have dealt with children with cancer and helped other's cope with the death of family and friends. it really helped us a lot, So now we think back to all the good and bad memories with my sister and it help's coping with the death also. :D

    Melissa,- Coalisland Submitted Sep 2010
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  • My sister is battling Cancer and this past year has been really tough. This poem describes her to a tee. She has shown such strength and courage even when she gets bad news nearly every time she goes to the doctor. My sister won't be with us for much longer, and I want her to know how much she is loved.

    Nicole, Australia Submitted Dec 2010
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  • I lost my sister, Lorie Ann Greene, to cancer a few months ago. She was my big sister and my best friend. I am the youngest of 8 kids. Lorie was more like a mother to me. I was with her the last few months of her life night and day. We had a lot of late night talks...we cried together and most of all told each other how much we meant to each other. I love my sister and miss her every moment of the day. She had more strength, courage I have even seen in anyone. She had a smile that would light up any room. When anyone would come see her she always had a smile....never let on how bad she was really feeling. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her or miss her. I wish I was half the person my sister was....and will always be to me. I love you Lorie. Till we meet again.

    Paula, Virginia Submitted Feb 2011
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  • I've been looking at a lot of wordings that I will be able to share with my family. This one is very important.

    Reason: I have brain cancer, the oldest of 12 children, and my name is Vicki. I feel this was telling me something, because everything in this message is true. I would like to thank Barbara Looney for this great message.

    I love family and friends and enjoy life as I would enjoy it everyday. I'm not thinking about cancer but the fun times of love, laughter, and friendship. I'm not scared because I have cancer for I know God is by my side. I love to talk to family members and friends about my cancer if they want to know. I feel it makes life a little easier to handle to them to understand. So "thank you" for the greatest message.

    Vicki Hale, Allegan Mi Submitted Jul 2011
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  • I have a sister in law just diagnosed with cancer last wk and I also have a friend who is battling cancer. I feel that is a bad word. words can't express how I feel my heart goes out to you and all who have suffered from this (word) cancer.

    Jacintha, Nunavut Submitted Aug 2011
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  • Found out recently that my sister has lung cancer. She has had a rough life but she is an excellent mother. Whatever her challenge or storm in life was..she always made it through to the other side. She is a God person. Miles keep us apart but she is always in my heart. I love you Marsha...

    Marilyn, Beaver Falls, PA Submitted Feb 2012
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  • Thank you so much for your poem. It brought tears to my eyes. I have just lost my brother in law to cancer. My sister has been amazing through out this short battle. Her and Ted had been together for 39 years and she is finding his passing very hard. This poem describes her to a tee. I am going to spend the weekend with her and will show her this poem. She means the world to me. Thank you again it's a truly beautiful poem.

    Nelson, New Zealand Submitted Jun 2012
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  • My friend suffered from a brain tumor for to years and she never complained in October last year we were told that there was nothing they can do it got worse and worse. She died on January the 11th this year she was nine and her name was caitlin!!!! I miss her so much but she's in a better place oxoxoxo R.I.P caitlin love you xxx

    Devon, Stocksbridge Submitted 3/10/2014
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