Cancer Poem

Thoughts On Being Diagnosed With Cancer

I'm a 63 year old grandad and I'm married to wonderful lady. We hope to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary in May 2012. We have two children adopted as babies, a boy and a girl, and a niece who we treat and regard as our daughter, we also have a grand-daughter and another on the way.
My poem, reflects my thoughts, feelings and emotions shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps it may help some other sufferers or their family members to read it, and I offer it on that basis.
John Kehoe - 24th. November 2010.

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I just love this poem. I have lived through so many of these phases, as though I was the one writing it. My name is Sharon Gross. I’m 55, and in 2015 I was diagnosed with Adeno Carcinoma of...

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A Stranger Comes To Call


Published by Family Friend Poems November 2013 with permission of the Author.

Some weeks ago through medical doubt
I met someone I'd heard lots about
I never thought our paths would cross
Our meeting left me at a loss.
I'd had no contact with this guy
He picked me out...... I wonder why?

He's very sneaky, changes disguise
I've made small payments towards his demise,
But he moves about with sadistic glee
And now he takes revenge on me.
He's never redundant nor on the dole
He violates your inner soul.

He's sometimes slow and sometimes swift
But the net result is Satans' gift.
What can I do now he's moved in?
He's hurting now my next of kin.
He's no compassion no fear no shame
It's no surprise cancer's his name.

World-wide great efforts attack this thing,
And wondrous improvements this will bring
They'll drain his strength give him the sack
Once beaten he'll have no way back
It may be too late for you or me
But we'll fight our corner as best can be.

With help from family and friends
With medical treatment and new trends
We'll do our best through smooth and rough
To stay real positive ....... hang in tough.
And maybe before our final breath
We may rejoice at cancers death.


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  • Sharon Gross by Sharon Gross
  • 4 years ago

I just love this poem. I have lived through so many of these phases, as though I was the one writing it. My name is Sharon Gross. I’m 55, and in 2015 I was diagnosed with Adeno Carcinoma of the sigmoid colon. You instantly hear the word and you figure you're done for. Cancer? No, how can that be? You have it wrong, doc. I know nothing about this disease. I haven't been around that stuff. Then in the very next instance I was like, “Oh my! My kids, my grand babies. My sisters, my nieces and nephews. Oh, dear Lord, please, I can't go anywhere. They need me, and I need them. Then reality sets in. Yes, I'm gonna fight this thing with all my might! But it is what it is. Is it my time? Is my number being called, and he's just giving me a heads up sorta thing? Is he trying to tell me? Sister, better start turning your life around for the greater good. It's just endless of what our own minds will put yourself through! Very, very nice words. I just love this poem!!

  • Brittany Rivera by Brittany Rivera
  • 8 years ago

I love this poem. It touched me. Great rhyming and I really like the title.

  • Madiha by Madiha, Pakistan
  • 9 years ago

Superb...amazing poem. It truly touched my heart. One day for sure cancer will be treated. This poem reminded me of my dear little sis whom I considered my daughter. She was a victim of blood cancer and daily she suffered lot of pain and one day left me. But still today she is with my heart.

Your beautiful and sensitive words have touched my inner most soul. I have suffered from cancer 3 times, and each time I had had it removed. I have also had 3 heart attacks. All of the 6 times I thought that the end was near. I am now 56 years of age, and although all of my family have passed on, and I have suffered from absolute grief and loss, for some reason, I am still here. Many days I wonder why. I am not religious. I gave those possible beliefs up many years ago. You are here for an absolute purpose. To be the loving partner of your lady, and the offspring that you have so much put your life into. You never give up. Never. You fight all that is against you until the very end that we will all meet one final day. Keep going on, not only for your very own utmost important self, but for the everlasting memories that all of your loved ones, will have now, and then, and for always.

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