Ribbon Tied

Written by: Vicky Tsiluma

And what do you know? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO FIGHT WHEN THOSE AROUND YOU BLAME YOU FOR YOUR WARS?!!! Do you have any idea how hard it is to plummet your body and rise to find the strength within when your body withers and betrayal beckons? But that’s what she had to endure…. Flashback Her struggles: Pain coarsely wrapping itself round her heart The doctor’s diagnosis having hit its mark The instinctive denial springing from her lips Her fights: Consuming pills trying to curb the cancer’s appetite Battling depression, despair and feelings of unworthiness Struggling to keep her wits when her husband treacherously turned to another. Her determinations: Going through chemo to give herself a fighting chance Working despite pain to feed her offspring Building memories and support groups to help others cope Tying a pink ribbon as a symbol of hope, endurance and survival Lessons learnt In a land where ‘fine’ is the only acceptable answer to ‘How are you today?’ In a land where cancer is classified among the ‘foreigners diseases’ In a land where counseling and support groups is an unheard of concept … Those that endure and rise above their woes to impact on others lives are those whose lives we are fortunate to have a share in. Thank you for impacting my life.
For N.K., the one whose life cannot be summed up in words.