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To the Atypical Node on My Thyroid

by Mary Jedlicka Humston

So, you think you can
just come in uninvited
and not be noticed?

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You think you can
attach to one of us
and that we’d not rally?

You think you can
invade our space
and not be ousted?

If you’d come to
co-exist in peace,
we’d have accepted you
like we have with
Fatigue, Arthritis,
Headaches, Menopause,
Plantar fasciitis
and the other physical
disruptions to our body.

But, no, not you.
Not a potentially
cancerous node.

We just won’t allow it.
My body and I are prepared.
We’ll fight you.
We’re at the ready.
We’ll go through
pain and discomfort
to get rid of you.
Hear that?
We’re not afraid of you.
If you’re here to cause trouble,
then so are we.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Mary Jedlicka Humston is a thyroid cancer survivor, a published writer, and a poet living in Iowa City, IA.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, January/February 2010.