There's No Before Cancer Surgery or chemo does not mark the beginning of the fight against cancer. Human immune systems routinely eliminate up to a million traitorous cancer cells everyday. You have always been fighting cancer and, up until recently, winning. But now reinforcements are called for, bring out the heavy guns, and hope for good targeting and little collateral damage. After they declare "Mission Acomplished," thank them, thank your body too as it continues solo, the fight against cancer.
First published in Illya’s Honey, Summer 2017 issue, #25. To reach, go to the Website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Summer 2016 (typo) link. Again scroll down to #25 and click. Illya’s Honey is a Russian folktale about a miraculous healing potion.
I long thought cancer somehow managed to hide from your immune system. I mean, they are your cells, right? Turns out not to be the case. So I wrote this poem, probably for myself and maybe other cancer survivors. There are a lot of cancer survivors. 40% of the US population will have cancer sometime in their life.