Our Herd submits poems that help them get through the day when fighting cancer. Some are inspiring while others are just to express how they are feeling.

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Dear Cancer, I am Still the Author of my Own Story

by Rachel Mihalko June 15, 2022

I am learning that while I may not be in control, I am still the author of my own story

You, cancer, are lurking in the shadows,
Waiting for a moment to appear again
in the tender skin on my clavicle.


Dear Cancer, Thank You for Helping Me Find Myself

by Niya Kight June 3, 2022

Dear Breast Cancer,

Thank you.

Thank you for helping me find myself.
Thank you for releasing toxicity in my life.
Thank you for restoring my smile.
Thank you for forcing me to set boundaries.


Night Vision

by Madeline Bennett April 26, 2022

Some years are a dark tunnel / claustrophobic with exhaust / Some, an open field / the biggest sky and the slightest breeze / And I suspect some years / fall somewhere in between / But my memory lately / is of the extremes


Business As Unusual

by Madeline Bennett April 5, 2022

It is hard to resume
business as usual
when you’ve watched the clock’s hand
move toward midnight
as flesh


No Fear

by Erin Phillips November 17, 2021

There’s a tattoo inscribed on my side. / It has today’s date -September 14th / 2001 / Twenty years ago. / Underneath the date are two words written in beautiful cursive / No. Fear. / I don’t know why I followed that date with that phrase.


Letter to my Unborn Children

by Arely Acuna October 15, 2021

I always knew having you was a long shot, a thought, a wild dream / Yet night after night I prayed over my womb asking God to bless me with the gift of Life / I had dreams of feeling your every movement from within my womb / Hearing your heartbeat for the first time


I’m Tired

by Jennifer Anand August 25, 2021

I’m tired. / Tired of 7AM dentist appointments so I won’t miss work. Every week, the receptionist asks me where I’m going afterwards, and I wearily say “to work.” / Tired of virtual doctor appointments during my lunch breaks. 


Dear Cancer, I’ll Keep Winning

by Natalie Hilton July 2, 2021

You have taken away so many lives,
You even tried to take mine.
You have caused so many cries,
But God gave me a sign.


Dear Cancer, Your Fingerprints Are Everywhere

by Marloe Esch RN, BSN, OCN June 11, 2021

What an unforgiving companion you are.
So nonchalant,
          so willing 
          to hollow out dreams.


ABVD – A Poem

by Rachel Ford November 10, 2020

My life is fleeting. Lullaby songs turn to buzzes to the nurse, How deceitful a body such as mine, Hiding this horror so that. My life is fleeting, Red poison, fire spilling. Flooding into my veins so brutally beautiful. The scars on my body are reminders that.