I knew you were set to come after me. I mean you went after almost every other female in my family, so why wouldn’t you come after me?
I tried to do what I could to try and stop you before you would wreak havoc on me, but I failed. The health insurance I had at that time was not what I would call health anymore. If it were, it would have taken my health into consideration and allowed me to remove my breasts like I wanted.
All of that is in the past now.
You managed to squirm your way into my life, and you put up a good fight. I will give you that. You constantly kept me on my toes, but little did you know how strong of a woman I really am. You tested me, pushed me, and eventually lost to me.
Although you are no longer physically here—at least from what my doctors can see—you are still somehow able to weasel your way back in from time to time. Don’t get your hopes up though, I am making sure my mind stays just as strong as my body.
As much as I want nothing to do with you anymore, we are now forever intertwined. You will always be a part of me, but not for the reasons you would like.
I will always remember how you showed the true strength I have within me, the beauty and grace I have for myself, and I will always remember how amazing this body of mine is.
You might be lurking in the shadows of my mind, but you will never be able to have control over me. I am a phoenix who only burns brighter each time I fall into the ashes.
Thank you for coming into my life, and for showing me who I really am.
This article was in the 2022 Dear Cancer issue of Elephants and Tea Magazine! Click here to read our magazine issues.
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