“Not No News”

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,

Following Whispers.

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Author: Following Whispers

Hello, I'm Following Whispers, an English poet and author who has been writing for around two decades. I'm a self-professed geek who can get deep sometimes, but I personally don't take myself too seriously, I just love to have fun, plus inspire myself and others. In my early twenties, I realised that beauty can be born out of not only love, but also pain and other motivations. The more I used writing poetry to make sense of my busy mind, the more it helped me to find a silver lining in even the darkest emotions, experiences, observations and topics; find positivity even in the face of extreme negativity; find strength when I was being forced to feel weak; and find hope that my tomorrows would be brighter. I began publishing my writing in 2018 and currently have two books available Worldwide, including my most recent release "Confront The Shadows". I have bared my soul in each and every one of my poems, and I'm confident that you'll get just as much from reading them and relating them, as I did from writing them. Please feel free to look around my site and read the free poems I've shared here, after which, why not grab a book of mine, drop by Instagram, connect with me and say hello!

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