The Side Effect Tango

“I have attended a few events at Wellness Within and I admire the work you do. I’m currently getting chemotherapy, and the side effects are tough to take, as I’m sure you know… I’m experiencing some recovery (especially from the cancer). One area of recovery has been in my creativity.


The Side Effect Tango

Sometimes I dance
Sometimes I moan
Sometimes I laugh
Sometimes I groan

Sometimes I’m joyous
Sometimes I’m sleepy
The energy swings
Are silly but creepy

When the trap door slams shut
So my brain cannot function
I’m stuck in the gridlock
At Chemotherapy Junction

My tummy can’t tell
If it’s hungry or not
My body can’t tell
If I’m cold or I’m hot

The best times are happy
And blessed with good cheer
But they fade in the face
Of the doubt and the fear

I’m tired of playing
This grim Victim role
Let the cancer be vanquished
All cells loving and whole

Let it all be successful
Let it be worth the fight
Let me walk through the Valley
Into the Light

Let me dance past the precipice
Sing past the dirge
Let the challenge of ebb tide
Become a great surge

Blessings and Love,
Susan Nichols

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