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    Posted: Oct 01 2009 at 5:04am
As everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of my sister, Gai,l Iwould like to share with you a poem I wrote for her after she completed her treatments for breast cancer 15 years ago. Thank you!
 

"Pink Ribbons"
 
What a precious little girl
Standing shyly over there
Adorned with ruffles and lace
With pink ribbons in her hair.
 
She's just a young child
With many years to live,
Rosy cheeks, twinkling eyes,
And so much love to give.
 
She grows a little older,
A teen without a care.
It's long hair in ponytails
That hold pink ribbons there.
 
She lives her life so busily,
Rushing here and rushing there.
Her time packed full of fun things,
Living life without a care.
 
The years pass by so swiftly,
A career and family for which to care.
Now she has her own little girl
With pink ribbons in her hair.
 
She knows there are important things
That she really needs to do,
Like breast self-examinations
And regular check-ups too.
 
She went to see her doctor
And heard these words that chilled the air,
"I am so very sorry,
But I'm afraid there's cancer there."
 
She took the news as anyone would,
Then gathered her dignity.
She looked at him across the desk
And said, "This will not beat me."
 
The months went slowly by,
And chemo took its toll.
It ravaged her body,
But couldn't touch her valiant soul.
 
A few years have come and gone,
And she's as strong as ever.
God has surely blessed her.
She's what's known as a survivor.
 
As she travels on through life,
There are pink ribbons everywhere.
But now they're not just pretty things
To adorn a child's hair.
 
They are a symbol of faith and courage
That she and others have shown,
Pink ribbons to remind her
That she is not alone.
 
So when you see pink ribbons,
Remember why they're there
And silently whisper
A special little prayer.
 
Please God, take away this dreaded thing
And make us all aware.
The only reason we need pink ribbons,
Is to adorn a small child's hair.
 
Carol French
 
St 2 Gr 3, A/C/T, DD
Radiation x35
Rec chest wall 07/09
Radiation x28
NED 10/24/11
NED 10/5/12
NED 03/15/13
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thanks Carol  that is a beautiful poem.
I'd like to print that and put up on my fridge for everyone to see.
If thats alright
God Bless
Ruth
IDC TN dx Dec 12 2008
Had lumpectomy on 01/2008
0 Node involvement
Clear margins. After second surgery
6x A/C & Neulasta 6x Taxol & Neulasta
5 weeks rads. about to start
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Please feel free to use it in any way that might be helpful. It's not mine like all the others that God lets me write. They are HIS!
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Dear Carol, this is a beautiful poem....

Wife Dx: Jul/09. Age: 37. Size: 3cm. BRCA: -ve. Lumpectomy: Aug/09. Micromet 1/9 node. Chemo Start: Sep/09. E5103. DD ACB-> DD Abraxane (Taxol reaction). Zometa (S0307). Canadian Fraction Rads.
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Carol,
Thank you for sharing your poem with us.

God has blessed you with a very special talent.

Take Care,
Barb
dx-1/2/08 @ 42 yrs.old
lumpectomy w/close margins/ 1/14/08- no nodes/stage 1/gr.3
1.5 CM IDC
chemo-AC-3 Dose Dense
Taxol wkly 12- 2/21/08-7/17/08
Rads-33 w/8 boosts
8/6/08-9/22/08
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Carol,

Beautiful!

Donna
DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
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Thank you for sharing this most beautiful and poignant poem, especially as we head into the dreaded month of October.
 
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Carol,   Thanks for sharing.  It is a beautiful poem.  Julia
TNBC IDC BRAC 1/2 neg- lymp neg- 9mm stage 1 grade 3 diag 4/9/09 TCx4 every 3 weeks finished chemo 8/31/09 rads start 10/12/09
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What a lovely poem!  Thank you so much for sharing it
Sister DX'ed 11/08
Lumpectomy & SN biopsy 12/08
1.1 cm tumor, node neg (0/2)
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absolutely lovely, Carol...

thank you for sharing...

all the best,

Steve
I am a BRCA1+ grandson, son and father of women affected by breast/oc-my daughter inherited mutation from me, and at 36, was dx 2004 TNBC I am a volunteer patient advocate with SAGE Patient Advocates
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