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Topic: "The Night Before Chemo"

Forum: Chemotherapy - Before, During, and After —

Regimens, side effects, and support from others going through chemo.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2009 11:11PM - edited Dec 20, 2009 11:13PM by FitChik

FitChik wrote:

This poem appeared in Coping magazine in the November/December 2005 issue, just as I had finished chemo, and I just loved it! It was written by a sister survivor. Oddly, it actually puts a little "merry" into a chemo patient's holidays! I hope that you all like it as I did....

The Night Before Chemo

                             ~Heather Warrick

T'was the night before chemo, when all through the room

Not a patient was stirring, from Ativan I presume

The chemo bags were hung on IV poles with care

In hopes that a cure soon would be there

The patients were nestled all snug in their lounge chairs

Sipping Ensure and hugging Relay teddy bears

And the nurse in her scrubs and I in my wig

Had just settled down for another chemo gig

When out in the parking lot there arose such a clatter

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the blinds and threw up on the glass

Soothing my nausea with the fresh cool breeze

The wind took my wig and it flew with such ease

When what to my wondering eyes did I see?

Eight tiny nurses giggling with glee

Leading the pack was an oncologist so sweet

With a mission of cancer that they would beat

To help with side effects from chemo we blame

Was his arsenal of drugs that he shouted by name

"Now Xanax!, now Ativan!, now Zofran! and Compazine!

Let's offer comfort with bonbons and magazines

On Vicodin!, on Darvocet!, on Tylenol! And morphine!

Let's make them loopy and make a big scene!"

To the top of Mt. Courage, to the top of Mt. Hope

Now dash away, dash away so we can help cope

With tumors and lesions and lumps it is clear

We must make their cancer finally disappear!

So up to the clinic-top, they flew and flew

With a sleigh full of drugs and the doctor too

Then with a jingling I heard from their purse

Was the prancing and pawing of each little nurse

As I drew in my head and was turning around

In through the vent the doctor came with a bound

His eyes how they twinkled - his dimples so merry

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry

He was dressed all in white with an ugly plaid tie

He preached to the patients, "Do not ask why"

Have courage, choose hope and just think positive

Live, love and laugh and your life will be lucrative

Never forget that you are heroes in my book

Conquering cancer without a second look

With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head

He soon let me know I had nothing to dread

A bundle of drugs he had flung on his back

He looked like a drug dealer opening his pack

He spoke not a word but went straight to work

Making me feel sick, so I called him a jerk

A human pin cushion, I had become

So multiple pokes, again I succumb

But then I remembered, my life he was saving

So I realized I better start really behaving

"What comes around goes around" I always say

And a bad attitude might haunt me one day

I thanked him for fighting with me side by side

With two against one, cancer cannot hide

Then laying his finger aside of his nose

And giving a nod, up the vent he rose

He sprang to his sleigh, gave the nurses a sign

To travel the world fighting cancer like mine

The sleigh was our hope and he was the driver

Bringing strength and good cheer to every survivor

I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

~Marin

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ~Nora Ephron
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Dec 20, 2009 11:25PM jillyG wrote:

thank you for sharing that.....very cute.

Dx 11/3/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Dec 22, 2009 09:19PM maryannecb wrote:

Too funny fitchick...i just did a search for this as I remember it that yea too!I was going to bump up the post. And here...you have already doneit!

LOL...must be read aloud to be truly appreciated.

Fists up! Dx 9/20/2005, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 2/14 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 22, 2009 09:37PM Hattie wrote:

sweet! thanks!

life is good
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Dec 22, 2009 09:49PM pip57 wrote:

That is great.  I am going to take a copy to my onc at my next appointment.   Thanks and Merry Christmas!
PIP - multi focal, FEC100/Tax, rads, dble mast with no recon, ooph/hyst, arimidex Dx 2/1/2007, DCIS/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 9/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 22, 2009 10:03PM GramE wrote:

This is priceless.  Thanks for sharing.   

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Dec 10, 2010 03:20PM FitChik wrote:

BUMP......

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ~Nora Ephron
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Dec 10, 2010 07:18PM hdangelbaby wrote:

i love this!!  Laughing
staying cancer free is my new full time job!! Dx 10/14/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, 2/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 23, 2013 01:01PM FitChik wrote:

BUMP...

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ~Nora Ephron
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Dec 1, 2015 07:40PM FitChik wrote:

BUMP...

"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ~Nora Ephron
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Dec 1, 2015 07:51PM Spookiesmom wrote:

An ugly plaid tie!! LOVE IT!!!

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Dec 7, 2019 04:14PM 5graces wrote:

So cute, thanks for sharing!

5graces Dx 2/14/2006, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 12/21/2015, DCIS/IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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