Cancer Poem

Losing My Parents

First I lost my Mum to Lung Cancer and then exactly 1 year later my Dad passed away to Bladder Cancer. The loss is killing me inside, but to know they are together again and not suffering is some kind of ease. Now I just hope and pray that every tomorrow will shine brighter than yesterday.

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My mom died in Nov 2014 from colon cancer and my dad in Sept 2015 from liver cancer. This poem sums up how I feel at this moment. Thank you.

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Signed...Your Little Girl

© more by Ranja Kujala

Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

You were there for my very first breath,
And I was there for your last.
The time we got to share together,
Went by too quick...Too fast.

For life or someone took you away from me,
With that hateful, horrible disease.
The cancer struck you hard and fast,
We weren't even given time to sneeze.

You were gone, and we were left,
To struggle through this life.
The pain struck more when we looked in Dads eyes,
As he dreaded to continue without his wife.

Continue he did, for a while,
How proud we were of he.
Times were tough, as he missed you dearly,
But he was always as strong as can be.

Then came along in not much time,
More horrible and sad news.
Dad was sick, the same as you,
The cancer had got him too.

How could this be, its not even a year,
Since we lost our beautiful Mum.
I hated this world for what it's doing,
Why do we have to be that someone?

It stayed with Dad for a while,
Eventually making him quite sick.
Then it was time to say goodbye,
When his heart could no longer tick.

Exactly a year since we said goodbye to you,
We had to say goodbye to Dad too.
I wish it was a dream and I could wake up,
But this nightmare is horribly true.

And so we continue, each day different to the next,
The pain still so real and sore.
Still trying to accept and understand,
Why did this happen to our family for?

I now sit and pray and try to picture you two,
And I hope that you are both together.
This world we live in is not the end,
And your love was to last forever.

Until it's time for us to meet again,
Please be there watching over me.
Help me continue through this life,
And give me direction that I can see.

Mum and Dad you are my entire world,
You are both as precious as a pearl.
Everyday I love you with all my heart,
Signed...Your Little Girl.


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  • Louise M Kirchner by Louise M Kirchner
  • 7 years ago

My mom died in Nov 2014 from colon cancer and my dad in Sept 2015 from liver cancer. This poem sums up how I feel at this moment. Thank you.

  • Caryn Philadelphia by Caryn Philadelphia, PA
  • 7 years ago

Thank you! I've been looking for ways to put my experience into words, and you nailed it. 374 days apart, I had to say goodbye to my parents. Way too young to be on my own.

  • Chari by Chari, Philippines
  • 7 years ago

I lost my father in 2011 and then my mother in 2013. Both had lung problems. I was only 23. It was painful (and still is). And to think that I am an only child. Got no siblings to share the same grief. Literally I am alone and waking up everyday to that fact seems kinda hard. We gotta keep strong and put our hopes to God alone.

Keep smiling because one day, we are going to hug them again. :)

  • Jennifer by Jennifer, Jacksonville
  • 9 years ago

I can understand the pain. Sometimes it seems too much. I lost my wonderful father to leukemia when I was 19 years old and then my best friend (mother ) to ALS (a neurological disease) just before my 24 birthday. It's so... Difficult to only have them exist in only our memories not in our lives. But sometimes even after death they can still guide us with lessons that they have taught us. Sorry for all of your losses. :(

  • Lisa by Lisa, Dunnellon
  • 9 years ago

I lost my mom in October, 2012 from breast cancer. Now my dad has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. We are just at the beginning stages of coping with the news. I just have to take it one day at a time, the same as I did with my mom for 5 years. Thank you so much for your poems. You are not alone in this grief.

  • Bridie Nash by Bridie Nash
  • 10 years ago

This poem is like my life. I lost my dad and mother in less than 11 months both to cancer. They both had the same cancer and we found out that my mum had it the week after we lost my dad. Not a day goes by that I don't miss them or think of them. It doesn't get easier it's only been 2 years with my mother and it will be 3 with my dad next year, still seems like yesterday though..........

  • Jo-Ann Grammatico by Jo-Ann Grammatico
  • 10 years ago

My father was diagnosed with bone and prostate cancer and a few months later my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Mom died first in December 2009, and dad a year and a few months apart in March 2010. Losing two parents at once has changed my life, I am not happy as I was once prior and the world, my world is not the same without my mom and dad. I have constant reminders
of them each day that passes and since my moms death I find a penny a day everywhere I go, no matter where I travel a penny will be laying there in sight. There is a saying they are pennies from heaven. I have never in my life found pennies every single day since there passing. I believe it is a sign they are near me and present.

  • Carolyn by Carolyn, Fort Mill
  • 11 years ago

As I look back, each of us that have lost loved ones to cancer, we share a common ground. It is as a thief in the night that comes upon us and steals from us the most precious gift - LIFE. I lost my mom over seven years ago and it was the most difficult day of my life. I still miss her and wish I could just go get her and bring her back today. It truly is never easy, and there are times that are more difficult than others. The most recent was as I visited her grave just the other day, the snow had fallen, the grounds were all white, and all that was left to be seen in sight was a tree that I had placed and a beautiful red poinsettia. As I drove through that old cemetery, all I could see was a blanket of white, with red poinsettia just in sight - there was a reminder of pureness, renewal and healing, but the memories live on and she has been gone -too long. Yes we must hang in there and things do get better, but the pain and hurt never goes away.

  • Gina by Gina, Palm Coast Florida
  • 12 years ago

Wow...I can sooo feel your pain exactly..We lost my Mom to lung cancer in Jan 2010 she fought it hard for 18 months but she lost her battle, then 4 months after she passed my Dad was also diagnosed with lung unreal, we lost him on Nov 7,2010. It is so heartbreaking and painful to lose both parents within 1 year and I really can relate to how you feel. I am angry because this happened to our family and I am also lost without them they were the best parents anyone could ever is terribly difficult especially since we lost them both around the holidays..really makes me not like the holidays anymore..hang in there it is comforting to know I am not the only one going through this nightmare..

  • Ashleigh Powell by Ashleigh Powell, Michigan
  • 12 years ago

Wow, I know how you feel. Its hard. My father died of lung cancer on October 25th 2009 a day before his 77th birthday and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2010. I am only 25 and to lose one parent already... Hang in there, they are pain free and together

  • Eunice by Eunice, Ohio
  • 12 years ago

I lost my father to pancreatic cancer January, 2008. In November 2008 my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. My mother passed away in February, 2010. Sometimes it feels like I lost both of them at the same time because I spent so much time with my mom after my dad passed away. I guess I always thought they would live forever. Although sometimes I do wonder why both my parents had to die because of cancer. I was raised in a very religious home and will never question "why". Everything does happen for a reason. I was with my parents at the time of their death and I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with each of them. They were not here to see my first grandchild...although I know they are with me everyday.

  • Debra Haraden by Debra Haraden
  • 12 years ago

I lost my husband to a very rare form of cancer in 2002. He was perfectly healthy and thought he had just pulled a muscle playing hockey. We received a diagnosis of Angiosarcoma on April 23, and he died 9 days later. He was only 38, and we have three children. In 2007, my brother died in June, my father died in September of liver cancer, and my mother died in November of cancer of the liver. We have lost so many important, wonderful people and we miss them terribly. I truly understand loss and how hard it is. Just know that everything happens for a reason. Stay strong and positive. Please hang in there, tomorrow is a new day!

  • Beth by Beth
  • 13 years ago

My mother had breast cancer when I was five and my father got sick and is now wheelchair bound and completely reliant on us. I understand how much pain you had to go through. I am still going through this pain. You are not alone.

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