Cancer Poem

To My Mother Who Died From Cancer

A poem from a daughter to her mother written the morning after she lost her 48-year-old mom to a 5 year battle with various cancers.

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I am now nearly 16, and I lost my mum to a 3 year battle of Secondary Glioblastoma when I was only 9. She was 39 when she passed. This poem has quickly become more important to me than any of...

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Published: August 2008

It's not fair, I just can't let go.
I sit here and plead, why must she go?

She is my everything, my mom and my best friend.
Now that you have taken her, where do I begin?

Mom lived her life for others, giving until no end.
She's the one who told us to stand up and defend.
Defend our truths,
Defend our rights and live as we dream,
Defend the right to live our life
Any way we see.

You taught me life's lessons
And undivided love
Right from the beginning
When you told me not to shove.

Cuts and scrapes, bumps and bruises
Required all your love.
Calming me when I was upset
About who stole my favorite gloves.

Fresh baked bread in the morning,
Cookies in the afternoon,
Watching mom cook and bake.
There's nothing I'd rather do
To have that chance, to have her back,
Even the smell of her perfume.
A mother's touch, her soothing words
To hear her say, "I love you."

You lost a strong fight against cancer.
Let it be what may.
Even on your hardest days, you'd say,
"I'm just having a no hair day."

Someday I will see you again.
Not soon enough, I know.
I do my best to look past the how, look past the why.
Why so soon must you go?

You came, you loved, you conquered.
This I hope you see
The only question I ask of you is,
Are you proud of me?



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  • Hieda Hazniessa Hasmadi Muniandy by Hieda Hazniessa Hasmadi Muniandy
  • 1 month ago

I lost my mom in just 3 months of battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma Stage IV which spread to her whole body, including her brain causing her to be put into a coma state for the last 3 days of her life. She just passed away last month. Still grieving, I must say, but I have to put a mask on, pretending to be okay in front of others. 3 months - from few tests, to diagnosis, to chemo, coma and death. Too much for me to accept this. I'll just let time to heal me. Miss you, mom. Miss you so much it hurts.

  • Tugba Ahiskalioglu by Tugba Ahiskalioglu
  • 1 year ago

I lost my beautiful mother to stomach cancer on June 16, 2017, on the day my son turned five. She loved her grandson so much. My mother was a fighter and did not want to leave us behind and was always worried about her children. She was never selfish and helped everyone around her. She never put herself first, always her children. She was the best mother anyone can ask for. I love you, Mommy, more than I can explain. Only God knows my love for you. I know you're in heaven watching over us. I will and do think of you every day until we meet again.

  • Mikey by Mikey
  • 1 year ago

I am very new to losing my mom, which just happened 1 month and 3 weeks ago. She wasn't just my mom. She was an angel in the shape of a mom. She had been battling breast cancer for 12 years or so, a very long battle I'd say. But in the midst of her going through all this, she still had a beautiful heart! She would still put others first. It's like cancer never existed in her life. Sadly she said enough was enough, which we all agreed. She was tired and ready to see the Lord. I'm still in shock that my mother, who lived 73 years, is now gone. She was an angel who adopted me, and I will miss her forever. I miss you, Momma.

  • Paige Barlow by Paige Barlow
  • 2 years ago

I am now nearly 16, and I lost my mum to a 3 year battle of Secondary Glioblastoma when I was only 9. She was 39 when she passed. This poem has quickly become more important to me than any of my favourite books combined. She was exactly like this. I feel a special connection to this poem - almost as if I wrote it myself. She was a sweetheart, a lovely human being. A time I will always remember was when I was in third grade. My mum signed my reading journal, but because her handwriting was so shaky, my teacher had thought I'd forged it. Dad had to call the school. She also once poured chocolate milk all over frozen garlic bread! I laughed about these situations in the past, but I really think hard about what had happened and it saddens me beyond words. I notice that the best people are the ones that go. All she wanted was for my older sister, my little brother, and me to succeed. My sister is getting her doctorate degree in law, and I plan on getting a doctorate degree in architecture.

  • Mahima by Mahima
  • 2 years ago

I lost my mother on October 19, 2016. I still don't believe this has happened and happened this quickly. She was my supermom. A mom whose whole 45 year journey was dedicated to her 3 daughters. An associate lecturer in Economics, she was diagnosed of breast cancer 2 years earlier after which she had undergone chemotherapy and radiology. She soon started to become sicker and sicker. It was in September when she found that cancer had spread to her lungs, liver and bones. She didn't disclose it to anyone....not even to me. She enjoyed even the very last moments of her life with us. On September 26, she was put on life support. Even then she wrote and read. After 22 days of her constant struggle and fight, cancer took away my mom from me forever. I know this is a phase of life everyone suffers, but I didn't expect it coming this quick. I love her and I know she is free from pain forever. She is and will forever stay with me. I love you, Ma…always.

  • Ifeoma Kwentoh by Ifeoma Kwentoh
  • 2 years ago

I am overwhelmed with the loss of my mom from colon cancer on November 14, 2016. She went to bed and never woke up. Could this be real? I am in shock as I spoke with her the night before and she sounded OK. My heart is faint, and I wish I could buy more time. If only I knew that time was running out...I could have spent some more quality time with her. Oh, I am so numb, and this may be the beginning of depression.

  • Melinda by Melinda
  • 3 years ago

I lost my mom two weeks ago to lung cancer. She was diagnosed with it in 2008 and they only gave her 6 months to live. My mom told the doctors she will tell them when she is ready. She passed July 9th 2016. It was the hardest day ever. I never thought it would happen to my mom or our family. I feel so lost, its like am in a world of hurt. My mom was an amazing woman and the best mom anyone could have. How do you get through it because I surly do not know.

  • Jackie by Jackie
  • 3 years ago

I also just lost my mother on July 5, 2016. She had non Hodgkin's lymphoma. She was diagnosed in 2010. I feel the same. I feel I'm dreaming. I keep thinking she's going to come back any day now. I don't think it will ever get easier or better but I believe we'll be able to cope. I hope.

  • Giovanna by Giovanna, Sutton Uk
  • 3 years ago

I lost my mum last month to lung cancer. I was so anxious to go back to my hometown in order to see her after a long time and update her with my life in the UK. When my brother called me from Italy talking about metastasis my brain stopped and my stomach squeezed in sorrow. I was studying because I wanted to be a teacher, just like her. I wanted her to be proud of me: she was my inspiration, my motivation to fight hard for what I wanted. I miss her soothing words, I miss her kind smile and her being good in every occasion. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem, thanks for sharing your stories. I hope our mums will listen to us.
I hope I could speak to her once again.
I love you mummy.

  • Laurie Moreno by Laurie Moreno
  • 4 years ago

Hi, my mom died when I was thirteen. It is eleven of us kids, the oldest kid is 24 the youngest is only two. She had stage four breast cancer. She had it for two years it spread to her spine, lungs, and brain. I was the one that showered her, cleaned her feet, cut fruit for her, cleaned up her shit if she didn't made it to the bathroom, dealing with her 24/7. I would miss school twice a week taking care of her. The last day I was with her she was really sick she couldn't open her eyes she peed on herself kept vomiting everything she ate she screamed in pain saying that her head hurt, to make the pain go away until they took her to the hospital. I was pretty sure she would come back a few days later like it always happened. But I was wrong that was the last time I saw her I didn't even say goodbye. Three days later my brother told me that she was gone. It turned out that she had a brain tumor. I was devastated I didn't say goodbye or that I loved her. I was angry at god why did he do this to me why did she had to go away. But then I realized that my mom is in a better place she no longer suffering. To me I feel that my mom was a beautiful angel that god needed. I just can't wait until I see her again.

  • Gallatin Co Ky by Gallatin Co Ky
  • 5 years ago

I lost my mother to breast cancer in July she was the best mother in the world

  • Mary by Mary, Long Island Ny
  • 5 years ago

This was a truly touching poem, almost like this girl knew me and how I felt, and still feel. I lost my mom after a 2 and a half year long battle with Lymphoma which spread to her brain causing her to go into a coma for the last week of her life. She was 62 when she passed 6 years ago in January of 2008. I have been able to make some peace, but I still miss her every day, some more than others. My father also passed from cancer 5 years prior to my mom. I have no immediate family close by and it is very difficult at times to even get out of bed. Today is my mom's birthday and she would have been 69. I still celebrate for her and with her in my heart. Thank you to Amanda for sharing this poem and being brave enough to put your feelings to words.

  • Erica McAllister by Erica McAllister
  • 7 years ago

I just lost my mother 2 months ago. She was 50 yrs old, I'm only 21. I have 2 daughter one is 7 the other is almost 5 months. this poem really made me cry this is exactly how I feel. I just don't understand why this happens. Along with losing my mom I also lost my grandparents to cancer. I haven't seen my dad in 14 years so I'm stuck here with my 2 girls all alone with no family :/ I guess it can always be worse.

  • Michelle by Michelle, Tx
  • 7 years ago

I lost my mother Christmas morning of 2010 to breast cancer as well as brain cancer, liver cancer, and spine cancer. She had to start all over again, couldn't walk and she didn't have control of her hands. She was such a positive women always had a smile on her face till the day she passed. I was 7 months pregnant with my second child and it was a girl, my moms first granddaughter and she was so happy she just wanted to live 5 years to see my kids grow but sadly she didn't get to meet my daughter . But I make sure my kids know who there grandmother was!

  • Thande-Mellissa Rhoades by Thande-Mellissa Rhoades
  • 8 years ago

I've experienced loss from these heartless diseases. Reading all of you ladies comments and this poem truly touched me. I have a mother who is terminally ill and thoughts dwell within my mind day in and day out. I just want you all to know that you are always bigger than tragedy. Your parents lived to see you all live the best life and do what they never did. I'm sure they are all very proud of you just as you were of them. Love live life proceed progress..everyday gets always hurts but pain can never defeat long as you never let it..your parents are happy as you are being the best person you can be for yourself and the rest of the world..

  • Amanda by Amanda, Ohio
  • 8 years ago

I lost my mom October 3 2009 do to Renal cancer I was 15 when she passed. she was told in Feb. of 2008 she had a tumor but was told if they took it out she would be fine well the doctor missed a big part of the tumor and it turned into cancer as the months went bye she got worse and worse. she tried to be so strong for me but I could see she was in pain I have 6 months until I graduate from high school and her not being there in the stands is going to kill me I'm only 17 I'm to young to take on the world with out her :(

  • Michelle by Michelle, NC
  • 9 years ago

Your poem truely touched me. I lost my mom in 1994. She fought a long hard 4 year battle with breast cancer and finally could not fight any more. I was 19 at the time which did not seem fair at all to loose your mother "just as your life begins". I am now a mother of three wonderful girls and I wish all the time that the girls could know my mom. It is still hard so many years later. I wish that she could see the woman I have become and the mother that I am. She lost her fight at such a young age of 42. I am just a few years shy of her age when she was diagnosed and I think often of my girls. So because of that I made them a promise to make sure to always be aware of my body, to the best of my ability and make other women aware to examine themselves!

  • Danielle by Danielle, New York
  • 9 years ago

I came on this website looking for a nice poem for my mom, what I found was a lot of people that have went through the same as I am now. this poem really touched me a lot. My mom was diagnosed 3 years ago with breast cancer. after many treatments including chemo and radiation she won that battle for a year. exactly one year later we found out the cancer came was stage four... she has been fighting this for the past two years. Things would begin to get better and then get increasingly worse. She has had it throughout her whole body. It has now spread to her lungs and she is on oxygen. the doctors say she's too sick for chemo now. I am scared that this is the end. she can't even go to the bathroom without loosing her breath. She is so strong though, she is still matter what happens she has won this battle with this evil thing. she has won for 3 years...everything good in me is from her. thank you to all the great poems

  • Liz by Liz
  • 9 years ago

I lost my mom to breast cancer in Oct 2009. It's not fair, but her favorite saying was "no one ever said life was fair". I still miss her, does this get easier?

  • Katrina Bower by Katrina Bower, VA
  • 9 years ago

I lost my mother to lung cancer in Nov. 2009. These poems are wonderful. Thank you!!

  • Andrea by Andrea
  • 10 years ago

I lost my mom 6 months ago after a 5 year battle with lung cancer that spread to her brain. I was 7 months pregnant with my 3rd child when she passed. I'm only 33 yrs old and too young to lose my mom. What's worse is my kids will grow up without her. My oldest still cries for her grandma. This poem reflects many of my own thoughts and feelings.

  • Monique by Monique
  • 10 years ago

I'm 18 years old now and when I was 15, I lost my grandmother to cancer. it started out as breast cancer but as the years went by it moved throughout her whole body. I always think about her and how life would today if she was here. She is my rock and my salvation.

  • nicole by nicole
  • 11 years ago

My mother died August 2006 after a six year battle with breast cancer. She was 55 years old. She was my best friend and I feel lost without her. She devoted her life to making others happy. When she would go to Chemo she used her time to talk to the person next to her about God. She wanted them to feel the love and happiness she was feeling even through this devastating time. She was always concerned with how others were feeling and refused to dwell on her sickness. I strive to be like her ever

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