Suddenly, many friends, acquaintances, relatives, friend’s friends seem to be afflicted with this scary desease. This is for all of them. Chin up! Be brave! And no – I am not afflicted.


The frequent urge to pee
was irritating you see;
felt a bit bloated too.
PMS? feeling blue!

Was my diet plan working?
Three kilos per week I was losing.
Abdominal pain was a bother;
indigestion, another!

Loose motion plagued me;
tiring it turned out to be.
Was I really sick, I wondered,
as to a doctor, I wandered.

A CA-125, other blood tests,
ultra sounds -real pests.
Finally, the result was declared.
“Ovarian cancer – be prepared!”

The first shock left a scare.
The doc was kind and full of care.
The grade needed to be gauged.
Then, it had to be staged.

Chemo is a definite option,
but I need to tread with caution.
At least 6 cycles I’m told,
“Face it bravely, be bold.”

That’s what I’m gonna be.
I’ll get over this, just wait and see.
Positivity works, pray for me.
I will never let this cancer get me!!

Elizabeth Kuriakose
14th Jan.2016

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About Elizabeth Kuriakose

A hectic career as a banker and looking after family kept me busy for ages. Quit my job to look after family. Once the children were old enough to take care of themselves, I discovered my love for writing in late 2014. Words in poetry or prose have been my constant companion thence on.

5 thoughts on “Cancer

  1. pramilakhadun

    Very touching, I can understand the pains of those afflicted by this disease and the agony of the near and dear ones.However, it is believed that all diseases are curable, only man is incurable.

  2. VijayNair

    Employing the monologic form,Elizabeth eschews morbidity in her treatment of a cancer patient’s reaction to shocking news.The positive vibes are felt by the reader in the last stanza.One recalls Hemingway:”Man can be destroyed but not defeated”.

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