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Cancer Guilt: A Poem

by Jennifer AnandSurvivor, Hodgkin’s LymphomaAugust 9, 2020View more posts from Jennifer Anand

I feel guilty

Waking up with all of my natural limbs.

Getting ready unassisted

Complaining about a bad day at work.

Paying exorbitant medical bills


I feel guilty

Yelling at my caring sister

Seeing my family pictures ruined with my bald head

Watching my brother evaluate his faith

Hearing my mom demand nurses take health symptoms about her children more seriously


I feel guilty

Talking to my best friend who lost her brother

Celebrating milestones with her bereft parents

Combing my hair

Surviving, and not thriving some days


I feel guilty.

I had the good cancer

My transplant worked

My family is supportive

I have amazing doctors


I feel guilty because I am alive


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