Once a Survivor, Forever a Fighter

December 21, 2011
My Grandma was once a survivor.
She was determined; knew what she was fighting for.
But cancer has more plans now. It has struck once again.
They say it’s worse, and this time, she cannot win.
After radiation fails, she returns back home.
Cancer definitely taken its toll, and it just doesn’t seem fair.
She looks so fragile, as if my slightest touch could shatter her
I gently kiss her bald head, and as if sound would hurt, I whisper,
“Hey Grandma. I love you.”
She seems confused. Rather fazed.
I carry on my own conversation about my days.
She sits and she listens. She is so quiet, so weak.
Then she looks up at me and smiles, ever so slightly.
A tear runs down my cheek, and I touch her hand lightly.
Everyday, she slowly starts to fade away.
But still, I pray for her every single day.

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Ruby-Paige-Rose said...
Sept. 3, 2012 at 11:48 am
You must be an Angel. I almost cried reading this. Great work!
Shmelmo said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm
TO WHOMEVER IT MAY CONCERN: My grandma celebrated her 74th birthday today. Everyone says that she is a miracle. There is no way that anyone expected her to live this long. She is living on pure willpower, strength, and the grace of God. Happy Birthday, Grandma! :)
Shmelmo replied...
Jun. 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm
God took his angel on June 3, 2012. She is no longer suffering here on earth, but rather living happily among her loved ones. <3
SilverSun said...
Apr. 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm
This is beautiful. I cried, i had goosebumps, and ur description was all the more touching. I love the title, the poem, and I feel like i know u and ur grandmother. I love the whole thing. This is soo beautiful and I am a million times sorry for you. thanks for writing this.
compassion said...
Apr. 6, 2012 at 3:47 am

Awww thats such a heartbreaking story!you have put that very well.

that title gripped my heart.both of you stay strong.in god you wil always be together.


Seaheart said...
Mar. 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm
Brings emotions and memories back for me <33 It's beautiful
LizAndujar said...
Mar. 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm
I really love it :) Soo deep.
Aphrodite84 said...
Mar. 23, 2012 at 8:42 am
sad story hope u feel better about this now im going to fight for breast cancer.  Good job keep writing
Kitty.Meow.Daly said...
Mar. 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm
This is very sad, I'm sorry you lost her, or are losing her. That can be very hard to go through, just know you are not alone. <3 There will always be friends and family supporting you
DreamsOfGold said...
Mar. 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm
I've known a few people that's had cancer. My great grandma was one. I can really relate to this story. It shows emotion beyond years. It shows that, no matter what happens, you will never fully go away. Keep writing. You're really good at it. You have the makes of a inspiring-if you're not one now-writer.
Swims.M.V. said...
Feb. 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm
That was a very touching poem it is crazy what we have today yet so many people have to fight for their lives against something they never put themselves up against. 
NHTKquicklook said...
Feb. 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

great poem loved it


AngelsKiss This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm
This poem is very touching, and can relate to so many poeple, my grandmother, also fighted this... I think that's why I like it so uch, I can really relate to this, so must keep writing like this, and please read some of my poems and comment
Shmelmo replied...
Feb. 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm
Yes, I can :) Thanks for the comment
MiraStorm This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Your grandma would be so proud of you for this poem =) i loved it.
. said...
Feb. 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm
This is was so well writen. My grandmother just passed away from Colon cancer at the beginning of this year, and i saw her a week before she died. This was exactly how it was. You descriped it perfectly. please keep up your beauitful writing!!
holyblondecheerleaderbatman said...
Feb. 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm
wow this is really really really really good keep writing
Donahue8 said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm
wow.. this is really powerful! apsolutly captivating!! I really loved everything, and not just the content, but the phrasing and imagery! I feel so bad though :( my grandma recently passed away. She lived with us since i was born and I was always really close with her, a lot closer than my brothers. I can really relate with this, I'm so sorry I hope she stays strong!!
Donahue8 replied...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm
I'm so sorry I didn't reply. My server timed out in the middle of typing back to you.
B-Artistic said...
Feb. 6, 2012 at 7:12 am
all i can say is.. the poem is made up of true emotions...great work...!
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