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Six Lettered Word

In a second my life changed like i could never imagine
The world was all Topsy turvy 
and i a floating object in the turmoil
A simple six letter word
Thats all it took to take my stable world away
Upon that fateful day I was 15 and the date was May 12 2008
My diagnosis Hodgkin's lymphoma stage 2 B
My freedom was stolen from me
School i could no longer attend
People i could no longer see
The world was shut away from me
Chemo and Radiation were my companions
Aiding me in my time of need
But the truth in that was they were killing me more than saving 
Strong of heart was I
I would not be taken down
I tried to show no fear or sorrow
And now am thought a strong young lady by many others
The most glorious day was when the cancer went away
September 28 2008 i was told
After I regained the freedom i had lost
four months later did my true story unfold
January 12 2009 I knew something was wrong
I was right I had not yet won the fight
Hodgkin's lymphoma was back to greet me
This time worse stage 4 B had me captured
A junior in high school i had been
But now once again I could no longer attend
Chemo my friend, we were reunited
I guess it missed me
This time a new component was introduced
Bone-marrow transplant, Auto stem cell
After tackling these feats I met radiation again
September 2009 i was said to be free
 it was like history repeating itself
But this time i was wary
now it is July 4 2010
I am heathy, I have graduated
but the damage my six lettered fiend has reaped upon me is still here
An immune system i no longer have
My life still on pause
But i do not care
Because i know what its like to have your life dissipate without warning
Life is like a flame it can be snuffed out in a second
So remember my words
Please
Dont let any regret into your life
Dont pass a single moment by
Live love and try


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  1. Date: 7/5/2010 5:16:00 PM
    Oh my, you have me blubbering like a baby in crowd of people Chrissy just reading your fabulous poem. I'm so happy you are here and you are alive. I loved your poem.

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 3:22:00 PM
    Hello really enjoyed this poetry today and also will read more... Hope you will enjoy my poem/ story: Criminal-- part2 have a great day

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 1:55:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading your poetry today.. I'm new to the soup so I hope you have an open mind as far as poetry. Enjoy ya day.

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 1:14:00 PM
    Welcome to Poetry Soup... so enjoyed reading your creative write tonight ...with luv from the "Sweetheart" in Hawaii on vacation.. AlohA..

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 1:13:00 PM
    It took a lot of courage for you to share that in poetry. I'm happy to know you are winning the fight :)

  1. Date: 7/4/2010 2:58:00 AM
    really inspiring with a message to enjoy every moment of life.i enjoyed.nice work.