Something inside’s not been right for a while,
I have good days and bad, off days and hell,
More toughies than not, I do my best to smile,
But now I’m in the hospital, very unwell.
The results are in, and the news is, well, bad,
They say that it’s terminal, the timer’s been set,
While I still have life in me though, I will fight back,
It’s not over ‘til I say it is, so cheer up Pet!
So they say no news is good news, well a week ago, I received news that my Step Dad has been diagnosed with terminal Cancer of the stomach. He is nil by mouth, they are feeding him by drip and operated yesterday to bypass the tumour, so he can start eating again soon and be treated at home.
This second cancerous growth of his is too big to remove, so they want to start Chemotherapy soon. I decided to write this piece to detail his journey so far, but also to speak for the countless others that have, are currently, or will go through something as challenging and life-threatening as this.
I can’t comment on his inner thoughts and feelings, but I hope and pray that he takes on the attitude of the character I’ve portrayed in my poem. The worst thing you can do in these situations is give up hope, shut everyone out, and not try everything you can, for as long as you can to beat it!
I still whole-heartedly believe he can turn things around (if he wants to that is), he’ll need to make many lifestyle and dietary changes, but it is totally possible, even though they’ve given him a year to live.
When you’re in this type of situation, it’s best not to cut corners, you also need to be honest with your loved ones and talk openly, and most importantly you need to find enjoyment in, and make precious memories with, whatever time you have left, be it days, or decades!
Love and Respect always,
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