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The constant ache throbs through my being,
Pain dragging me down into despair and depression.
Knowing there is a solution but being made to wait.
Impatience at a system that doesn't care that your in pain.

While waiting could cause more problems as it grows inside.
A cyst, non malignant, but getting bigger and causing havoc.
Head aches that knock the strongest to there knees, desperate.
Exhaustion mentally from trying to go on normally, fight the pain.

The pressure on the body is unbelievable, hard to stand or to sit.
Not an emergency, considered elective surgery, but I am suffering.
Hard to digest food, hard to go to work, and hard to sleep.
Frustration builds with each day as it gets worse and still waiting.

Over four years before properly diagnosed, not imagination, real.
Eight months from diagnosed to see specialist, and then for cure?
A simple surgery to remove the problem, not important enough.
What if it bursts? What if they say not going to fix? Am afraid.

A medical system spiraling down, to many abused the system.
Now those who need help sit in desperation and frustration.
Trying to live as if all is well, going on with daily jobs and routines.
It is not okay, and gets harder with each passing day, am so tired.


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  1. Date: 10/10/2010 3:54:00 PM
    Dear Doreen.I feel for you with complete understanding,not empathy.Living with illness of any kind is distressing and can pull us down.Being in the dark about your problem makes things worse.The only consolation you have is caring sensitive people to share your feelings with at Soup Also suffering- I speak from experience of many years-can be good for the soul in that the heart understands and truly feels and you can express these feelings through poetry. Take care,Keep strong luv June(Sylvia)