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Inevitable Change

by Jennifer D. JamesSurvivor, Triple Positive Breast Cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma)February 1, 2024View more posts from Jennifer D. James


Auburn leaves fall to the ground.

Magenta skies fade to black.

A lotus thrives in muddy water.

A caterpillar transitions.

Gulls molt winter plumage.

The wind shifts from north to south.


We watch.

Easy to observe.

Difficult to embrace.

What will it be like?

The unknown.

Terrified, we ask, “Why me?”

And yet, it is tragically inevitable.


But then, it’s time.

Cancer left me drowning in a sea of it.

Too tired to fight the current, I began to swim.

I became one with the flow.

Accepted it.

Relinquished control.

As I began to walk in its footsteps.


My teacher.

When I fell, I told myself to rise.

Out of the dark, the sun began to shine.

Possibilities were cultivated from the impossible.

My powerful wings unfolded.

“Embrace the journey” became my mantra.

The same wind that rattled my existence was the force that allowed me to grow.



From cancer, a better me was born.

For that reason, I am grateful.

Grateful to begin.

To begin again.

And again.

And again.

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