gdc
Poetry

Emotional Rollercoaster of Cancer

In this heartfelt poem, Priya Kalra writes about riding the challenging waves of emotions after being diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017.
June 2021 Vol 7 No 3
Priya Kalra
Chandler, Arizona

Where do I start, I asked my heart?
Oh, what is it that I can say?
Cancer came and took over my life,
And just left me with dismay.

My world changed, oh so fast,
I didn’t know how long it would stay.
It was like being trapped in a wrath
And I kept losing my way.

I showered you with my teardrops,
And you bathed in it like rain,
You clipped my wings and told me lies,
And left me with so much pain.

There were days that I felt weak,
And didn’t get out of bed.
But then there were days that I would freak,
And rather just be dead.

Being trapped, all by myself in a cage,
Finding it hard to breathe,
Looking at cancer with so much rage,
Asking it to kindly leave.

Losing myself amongst the changing leaves,
Just staring above at the sky,
It reminded me of the times,
When everything was just fine.

I didn’t want to let go,
I really held on tight,
For I was in the front row,
So, I held on with all my might.

I just rode the waves,
And went with the flow,
As there is so much still,
That I really need to know.

Emotions are just words,
That are so hard to describe,
But if you walk with me,
I know it’ll be just fine!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017.

Share this:

Recommended For You
Poetry
The Big “C”
By Faye Harvin
The poem by Faye Harvin, who was diagnosed with HER2-positive breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ, illuminates the all-consuming aspects of a familiar, but surprising, “C” word.
Art TherapyPoetry
The Body I Need
By Sharon Chappell, PhD
Sharon Chappell expresses her experience with breast cancer through typography, art, and poetry.
Poetry
It Affects Us All
By Amir Steinberg, MD, FACP
Dr. Amir Steinberg uses poetry to deal with his cancer diagnosis and the cancer experiences of other family members.
Last modified: June 21, 2021

Subscribe to CONQUER: the patient voice magazine

Receive timely cancer news & updates, patient stories, and more.

Country
Gender
Race or Ethnicity
Profession or Role
Primary Interest