Surely, someone has a poem, I don't, but I'm not the poetic type. Hang on, someone will come along and drop a rhyme on you, (insert your rap beat here).
Maybe Karen can pass this along and spread it a little more?
Cancer Fighter Poem
I'm currently working on a fundraiser here in my office for a friend battling beast cancer. I have someone that is going to make a blanket that will be donated to the fundraiser. She is trying to find a poem that she can embroider on the blanket. Anyone have some good poems they can share?
I wrote this poem when I was going through Chemo -- I was a little lost but I was expressing my desire to stay strong and positive -- and my faith that God would guide me through the storm as He well did.
I am not sure if it would be of the nature that your friend is looking for but I thought I would share it anyway.
O’er the years …. During my life
Woe would visit …. Bringing the strife
Strength my virtue …. Not to be heard
My release .,.. the written word
A new crisis …. Beyond any release
Totally lost …. No words to rid this beast
Dark times …. Heart wrenching disbelief
Love & Support …. Temporary relief
People pray …. Such as I have …. For those I see
How devastating …. It has now struck me
No words describe …. This journey I trod
Known only to the affected …. And our dear God
Each day a challenge …. Positive is my goal
Searching for hope …. In my uphill roll
If not for myself …. for my family so dear
Not mine …. But their worthiness is clear
Not from God …. I know it is true
From God …. The means to get through
Guidance …. Through this storm
A future …. Sunny and somewhat norm!!
Here is the Poem What Cancer Cannot Do, Author unknown.
Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
I was given this poem 24yrs ago when they thought I wasn't going to make it and it gave me the strength to keep fighting, I don't know who wrote it or when?
"Jesus Heard You"
Jesus heard you when you prayed last night.
He talked with God about you.
Jesus was there when you fought your fight,
He is going to bring you through.
Jesus knew when you shed those tears,
You did not weep alone.
The burdens you thought too heavy to bear,
He made them His very own.
Jesus Himself was touched by that trial,
You could not understand.
Jesus stood by as you almost fell
And lovingly clasped your hand.
Jesus cared when you bore that pain,
Indeed, He bore it too.
He felt each pain,each ache in your heart,
Because of His love for you.
Jesus, Your Savior, will always be with you,
No need to be anxious or fret.
Wonderful Love, He will be there all the time,
He has never forsaken you yet!
I hope this will bring encouragement for those that read this for it has brought me thru many dark nights and days.
I wrote this right after I heard I had Stage IV Ovarian Cancer... 7 years ago. After surgery they upgraded me to a IIIC. I know It's helped some of my fellow cancer patients, as we were walking the road together. The last two lines I generally leave out.... but doctors are hand in hand with God helping us fight!
©2006 by Carol Notermann
I know that I’m not in control… But Thank God that He is!
I know that I’ve no need to plan, for the best plan is His.
I know that I am not alone. Friends walk the path with me.
I know that yes, I must be strong, find out what waits for me.
I know that as in "Footprints" there's only one set in the sand.
and I know that I am clinging, very tightly to His hand.
Today, I'll see what doctors -- can do to help me stay
here with all my loved ones, cherishing each day.
This is a rather long poem but a very good one...perhaps you can take parts from it and shorten it to where you want it to be. I hope it serves your friend as well as it has served me over the years in my battle with cancer.
This Is My Time…My Moment
There are many moments in my life when I forget that I am battling cancer. I love those moments. They are my shield...my blanket...my umbrella. When I'm laughing with my family or friends, I love the freedom of that moment and what it means to me at that time. This Is My Time…My Moment
It allows me to move without the emotional web entangled around my thoughts. I like being in denial. It is the way I cope. It is the way I get out of the rain. Even though my normal will never be the way it used to be, and the glance in the mirror is often a stark reminder of the path I'm on, I still love life, and am grateful for every second of my cancer free thoughts. This Is My Time...My Moment
I cannot look too far into tomorrow...I don't like the piercing reality of what tomorrow may hold. I LOVE NOW....this moment! I want to hold on to this childlike attitude. I am getting good at skirting the weight of statistics, and the gut-wrenching pain of thinking too much about my future. Immaturity is a good thing. Denial can be a blessing. There are paths ahead that I don't want to know about...or think about. I like the scenery of now. I will think about tomorrow...tomorrow.
This Is My Time…My Moment
I will live my life, and take each path as it appears. I will be naïve, irresponsible, and do my best to keep a light heart today. I will tell someone that I love them today and not wait until tomorrow. I will flitter away many carefree moments today. I will treat today as a gift, and tomorrow as a mystery. I will see something breathtaking today, and I will say I love now, and I will let tomorrow cover me in its own time and not a moment sooner. This Is My Time…My Moment
I don't know if this is considered a poem but I love it:
What Cancer Cannot Do:
Cancer is so limited
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit