Maybe I wanted to protect
My friends and family
But now I realise
This was harming me.
I was missing out on being part
Of a supportive community
Due to my reluctance
To face reality.
It seemed more acceptable
To say blood disease or disorder
Rather than use the words
So my message this September
(Blood Cancer Awareness Month)
Is let the truth be heard
And don’t be scared.
You will be helping others,
Making them aware.
So whether you have myeloma
Leukaemia or lymphoma
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) or Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS),
Be brave and say
“I have a blood cancer”
And nothing less.
Wow, @Willow how thoughtful of you and you have certainly done your bit to raise awareness of Blood Cancers this month
Every word is so true and resonates with me in such a lovely poignant way.
I am in one of my ‘could burst into tears at the least thing’ phases due to fatigue, but it certainly started me off!!!
Thanks @Willow you are always so thoughtful and so, so talented.xxxx
Thank you @Erica, as you always do for others I am sending you a hug. Hoping you can have a restful sleep and wake refreshed although it is very hot here for sleeping. Thinking of you. Willow x
Great big hug received with many thanks @Willow xxx
Well done Willow great poem and one to be kept - how we all need to say blood cancer - like many I have only done this in recent few years - so often it is the only way for friends family employers etc etc to stop and take notice
Great poem as always you are talented
All the best
Hope todays been a little easier Erica as we all appreciate how those days and times are - you often say here be very kind to yourself - which helps many and is so true to give ourselves what we need even when it is stare into space time for a while when fatigued - so be very kind to yourself as we all appreciate you
Really nice @Willow thank you so much for sharing
You take care @Erica and be kind to yourself. Sending lots of love x
As always, written so beautifully. Words which resonate
With us all X
Leaves In Autumn
Shedding moods during
blood cancer awareness month
like leaves in autumn.
My haiku and self are totally inspired by you as ever, @Willow
Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and @Duncan, your photo and haiku are both amazing. I haven’t tried writing one of those yet! Thank you for sharing. Warm wishes Willow x
So, so true and I like your thinking @Duncan I was only thinking yesterday how the leaves had started falling and I am just out for my walk now, after a breezy night, and expect to see more down.
Love the picture.
My walks also help me shed my moods and clear my head, thank you. Take care
Aww thank you, dear @Willow. I really resonated with your poem’s reflections, protecting loved ones especially. You inspired me to not only write and share it here but to reach out to a best friend who I’ve unconsciously avoided due to me not wanting her to have to deal with all this… What you wrote is so true—sharing our diagnoses can only benefit others, and ourselves if we let it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing
Aww thank you, dear @Erica! I really love autumn, this year especially for some reason. Smells amazing out in the woods too, so mulchy!!! So sensory. Looking forward to wearing my cardigans again!
Oh and I hope that dratted fatigue has faded by now. Currently cwtching up to appease mine
Hi @Duncan yes, thanks dratted fatigue subsiding and I am starting to feel better.
I prefer the autumn and winter for walking in as I can always add layers or cardigans