Chemo-hangover and steroid withdrawal, like icy prods, seek deep sadnesses and chase them to my surface.

Robbed of my fortitude by these chemicals, I writhe.

But I’ve learned, these months, that this darkness will fade.

‘Til then, apt words from Phyllis McGinley…

Sticks and stones are hard on bones
Aimed with angry art,
Words can sting like anything
But silence breaks the heart.

Phyllis McGinley, “Ballade of Lost Objects,” 1954

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • laurabergen

    I'm thinking of you and sending good vibes your way.

  • Thank you, Laura.

  • Dear Andrea,

    Despite your perception that you've lost your fortitude, the view from this end casts you in a soft light with a steady flame. I'm sending love and a gentle hug across the miles from my home in Seattle to yours.

    To Andrea; to life!

  • Thank you, Jenny!!

    Hoping it's sunny in Seattle and that Faith and your entire family are all well.

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