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Post-Chemo Blues

Post  mikeschultz on Sun Apr 13 2014, 05:05

Post-chemo, tired, yet reveling,
Now unfettered at last  
And free to begin my healing,
Free of cancer’s death mask.
With chemo, maybe ten or more,
One year, without treatment.
I make my choices or ignore
God’s whispered Heaven-sent

Still small voice, the sole connection  
Between His Soul and mine,
Each word a sweet susurration
Of faith in truth divine,
Marvel at the healing power,
God’s ancient creation,
Who once tried to build a tower
To bridge the sky’s ocean.

One last time I sat in the chair.
My chest port was accessed,
A larger vein with more pressure
That better stands the drugs.
The cancer was first targeted,
But soon good cells were too.
My hair all fell out – forget it.
My naps began at noon.

No dental work during chemo;
Numb feet; and grey vision,
Cataracts, reparable though,
With treatment’s completion;
Breathing tests, and one more PET scan;
Eye exams; medical,
And psych visits to Freud’s divan;
Then I’ll know after all.

Are the cancer cell’s lights still dark?
Will I have ten more years?
Was this cancer on Noah’s Ark?
Many questions and fears.
With a brave face and peaceful heart,
I set my fears aside
For the prayers offered on my part
That ease the tears I’ve cried.

Happy relief before the fact?
I know I will be fine:
F – ked up, Insecure, Neurotic
And Emotional – FINE!
I’ll be just fine without cancer
And finer for the strength
Gained for being a survivor.
Life’s quality for length,

The decisions and decisions
We make praying for remissions.


Michael Schultz ©️ April 11, 2014 (2240)


I completed my 12th and final scheduled treatment in a year-long bout with Stage Three Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma at the Columbus, Ohio VA Medical Center, at 1300 on Friday, April 11, 2014.  Thank God.  

&

Watch for my metamorphosis.
Watch as Yoda’s caterpillar
Sheds its skin to feel the sun’s kiss
Warm and dry my wings of color.

Michael Schultz ©️ April 11, 2014 (2312)


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Re: Post-Chemo Blues

Post  Lucie on Mon Apr 14 2014, 08:40

you tell your story so well. Your courage is amazing. I feel truly blessed to have you still, my friend.
God bless you and keep you well. group hug 
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Re: Post-Chemo Blues

Post  mikeschultz on Tue Apr 15 2014, 18:47

Thank you, Lucie. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Mike
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