Fran, from Dorset, tells us how writing helped her move forward after treatment, and gives her top tips for starting to write. I'd always been good at going to routine mammograms, but nothing had appeared in my last one, about 18 months before. My friend is a GP, so I could chat through my decision to her, and ended up having a mastectomy.
Prior to FBCpoetry and I were akin to oil and water. All of a sudden poems started giving me goosebumps. Not all of them, mind you.
Prev Poem. Next Poem. I am a two time cancer survivor.
Countless poetry books fill the mantel over the fireplace in my living room. Some of the books stand upright; some stack up sideways, titles facing out, to save precious inches of space. Others spill over into colorful woven baskets set on the floor for that very purpose. My pink ribbon poetry collection started shortly after my breast cancer diagnosis in the fall of and has been growing ever since.
There are three sequences of poems in Wristwatch, and the central sequence, Risky breastscontains sixteen poems about my treatment for breast cancer in I was reeling. Some of these poems were written at the time.
Surviving Breast Cancer. Both sides of my family have suffered from various types of cancers. I lost my mother to cancer, I lost my father to cancer.
When breast cancer cells spread through the body, they do so mainly through the lymph system that normally removes excess fluid and waste products from our tissues. Now, scientists from the group of Professor Massimiliano Mazzone VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology identified a novel subset of immune cells, called Podoplanin-expressing macrophages PoEMsthat change the tissues near a tumor in a way that promotes the spreading of cancer cells. Getting rid of these PoEMs in a mouse model strongly reduced the ability of breast cancer cells to move to other parts of the body.
We are very grateful to all of you who have made such an effort to share your personal and poignant poems about cancer with us. We had so many we had to move them over to this site which is easier to upload and manage so any new submission will be loaded up much more quickly. Please feel free to send more via email to us health-education clara.
When Kyle Potvin learned she had breast cancer at the age of 41, she tracked the details of her illness and treatment in a journal. But when it came to grappling with issues of mortality, fear and hope, she found that her best outlet was poetry. How I feared chemo, afraid It would change me. It did.