7 February Life Changing EncountersHeart and Humanity

Seventeen Days Since My Veins Were Filled with Poison

Seventeen days
Since my veins were filled
With
Poison.

Funny how you need
Poison
to kill
poison.

Chemotherapy –
The Mother
Of all
Duckers.

Thirst,
Sweat,
Heart palpitating,
Throat closing,
Vomiting,
Gut wrenching,
Belly swollen,
Cracked lips,
Crashing,
Unrecognizable
Self….

Hopeless,
Tears,
Zombie skin,
Sunken eyes,
Anxious,
Dehydrated,
No taste.

Lifeless.

Crawling back
To reality….
Slowly,
Steadily.

A magenta-hued sky
over a bronze meadow,
The soft brush
of a cat’s whiskers,
The aroma of a caramel-scented
sugar cookie candle,
The gaze of a
saw-whet owl
penetrating your soul,
The Snoopy and Woodstock
animated mailbox –

These are the medicines
of life…

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Sheree K. Nielsen

Sheree K. Nielsen is Author/Photographer/Poet of 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner Folly Beach Dances (inspired by the sea and her lymphoma journey), Midnight the One-Eyed Cat (a picture book), and Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets. When not writing, she’s usually discovering new beaches and coffeehouses with her goofy dogs and patient husband. Four content cats complete her family that resides on three acres in Missouri.

6 Comments

  1. So very powerful, this so overwelmingly and accurately explains the experience better then I’ve seen or heard! Thank you for share and given words to those of us who have experienced this and don’t them!!

    1. Debra, thank you so much. I am sorry you had to go through chemotherapy, and I hope you are healing well. My friends tell me that these words help them understand a little better the chemotherapy experience, where they couldn’t imagine what cancer patients went through before. Have a blessed day!

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