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A Year

Post Published: 20 June 2011
Category: Dear Thyroid Letters
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How fast your life can change

when you weren’t even looking.

Regular ol’ life,

Being mommy, cleaning, cooking.

One lump was all it took

to stop me in my tracks.

Endless nights, endless questions

searching for the facts.

Tests and needles,

stitches and bleeding

Did I do something bad to deserve this?

To God I’m conceding.

A slash on my throat draws stranger’s eyes near.

“Just a little radioactivity”, doctors say, “really nothing to fear”….

“The best cancer to have” is not running through my head alone in isolation, waiting, waiting, waiting.

Are these cancer cells all dead?

“Did I catch Mommy’s cancer?”

hurt me more than any knife.

You shouldn’t have to deal with this

in your seven years of life.

A year and it’s not over,

but what I’ve come to know,

patience and forgiveness

and when you need to just let go.

Prayers and love

Good people they surround me.

I’m one lucky woman

even though cancer came and found me.

~Charity Sampson~

5 May 2011

(Back-story) Had written this poem at midnight on the one year anniversary of my surgery. I found a lump in my throat and within 6 weeks it had grown. A biopsy proved it was papillary cancer and when they took it out it not only had spread to my lymph nodes, but was the size of a nectarine! RAI in August and waiting for my thyroglobulin to go down and more testing so I can hear the words “cancer-free”. What a long road.

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8 Responses to “A Year”

  1. Melissa Travis says:

    Beautiful and real. Thank you for sharing this poem.

  2. Charity says:

    Thank you so much for posting my poem. I haven’t cried in a long while with regards to my thyroid, or lack thereof, and seeing my words posted here just flooded me with emotion. What a wonderfully different and inspirational place for thyroid issues! Thank you!!

  3. Anna says:

    Beautiful..Love it.


  4. Really amazing poem. Thank you for so bravely sharing your journey with us. When you do hear “cancer-free,” please share the news with us!


  5. Mary says:

    Well done and thank you for sharing. My prayers are with you for the “cancer free” to be said soon. Hugs Mary

  6. Auntlello1 says:

    Beautifally written Charity! You had me tearing up as well ~ it is hard enough to deal with on our own, but so hard for children to understand. Keep your chin up, and take strength from watching the “not so little” one enjoying the world through innocent eyes 🙂

    Someday I want to ask a doctor, “If you were hit by a car, and broke every bone in your body, is it still considered a “good” accident because you didn’t die?”

    So very glad you have good people around you, and we are here for you too!

    Best Wishes!

  7. Jazmine says:

    What a beautiful poem. It’s sad that these words have to be true and it’s even more upsetting that these words come from my beautiful sister. Charity has always helped me fight my battles and be a rock for me. Now at a time when i would love more than anything to be able to help her fight this battle and take her cancer away i cant do anything but sit by a phone and wait to hear how she is feeling. Many miles between us doesn’t help. I wish i could wrap my arms around her and tell her that everything will be ok. That right now i am her rock.

  8. Charity says:

    Thank you for your comments. I just came back to read this again, and found these beautiful comments and one from my SISTER. Thank you Jazz for this. Now I am crying at the kitchen table! You just being there is all I need. xoxoxo

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