by Ann Favreau
Step out of the frame of fear, my dear
Though cancer fills your mind.
Step out of the frame of dread instead
And leave your cares behind.
Step out of the frame of helplessness
And see your options through.
Step out of the frame of hopelessness
And look at life anew.
Step out of the frames and stride away
From cancer’s gripping strife.
Advance with hope for a better day
Step forward and on with life.
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Ann Favreau is a 21-year colorectal cancer survivor and freelance writer. Her travels have taken her around the world. She is a past president of the United Ostomy Association, currently serves as Secretary of the International Ostomy Association, and is a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
This article was originally published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, November/December 2009.