Hot Tea and Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Please get your mammogram.
Support those women fighting breast cancer.
Donate to American Cancer Society or other Cancer Association.
A battle with cancer always remains a part of you. These are my thoughts and feelings evoked from a Facebook posting recently.

My Mother, a breast cancer survivor, and me in March 2006.  I was diagnosed Oct. 27, 2005.

My Mother, a breast cancer survivor, and me in March 2006.   I was diagnosed Oct. 27, 2005.

It’s a.m. ten to three,
I’m sitting in bed,
Drinking hot tea,
Currently cancer free.

I don’t think about it that much,
New battle with Parkinson’s Disease,
Put away, like tea cup in hutch.
Hot tea with honey, please!

Why thinking about cancer tonight?
Friend posted photo “Stupid Cancer,”
Opened the wound, Hope now less bright,
Sipping a cup of memories.

Memories of those who lost their battle,
Fortunate ones who wear label “survivor.”
Survivor yes, until day you are not,
Another fight; armed, but still defenseless.

Time is not on your side,
Sorry to disagree, Mick.
Hands on clock pull you inside,
Time passes on. Tick, tick, tick.

It’s not time on “life support,”
It’s your life on “time support.”

Lynn Martin McHale 10/1/14 Copyright All Rights Reserved

Dedicated to those who lost their battle to breast cancer and were loved and are missed; my Mom, Claudia, Judy, Mary, Barb, Celia
Dedicated to those who are survivors of breast cancer; Myself, Barb, Tracy, Lee, Jane, Rose
And to all women who have battled breast cancer or are in the trenches right now.

2 thoughts on “Hot Tea and Cancer

  1. My dearest Lynn.. you are a survivor through and through. You have so much fight in you……a naked eye could easily be fooled. Those who know you are truly blessed to share your thoughts, your caring ways and your strength. You are an example for us all. On a personal level, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your experiences and your knowledge. In my moments of fear and frustration, you were there on the sidelines….. cheering me on yet knowing when to lay low. You are truly an inspiration to me and my family. We are blessed to have you. Thank you for sharing your challenges as watching you overcome them, gives all of us courage and hope. Much like you, we are here for you……just a phone call away. OXOXO


    • Rose – I have spent a day thinking how to reply to your heartfelt, moving comments so eloquently expressed. They moved me to tears as I kept reading. I am the fortunate one to have you and your family a part of my life! I’m grateful that we have been able to let each other in and share feelings and experiences. I still feel my reply is inadequate, please know the depth of my gratitude for your support and caring friendship.


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