Cancer Sucks and Is Mean As Shit

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Anthropomorphising cancer?  Right now it’s working for me.  The world lost a beautiful young woman today, way way too young.  She had a beautiful family, a wonderful husband, an adorable one year old daughter.  She lived less than a year from her diagnosis. Cancer sucks and is mean as shit.

My daughter, however, is awesome and very kind and wrote a beautiful blog post about this terrible loss.  Check it out:  Too Short.

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About Grace Mattern

Grace Mattern is a poet, writer, mother, grandmother, partner, friend, family member, gardener, triathlete, hiker and for 30 years was the Executive Director of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She resigned her position at the Coalition on June 15, 2011 in order to concentrate on her writing, while continuing to engage in the movement to end violence against women as a consultant and advisor. Her chapbook Fever of Unknown Origin was published in 2001 and her full-length poetry book The Truth About Death was published in 2012.
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4 Responses to Cancer Sucks and Is Mean As Shit

  1. Barbara Rath says:

    Grace, you are tapping into my own sadness right now. Thank you for sharing your daughter’s poem.

  2. nancy durborow says:

    Thank you Grace and thanks to your daughter. I lost a childhood friend to cancer many years ago and she left 4 young children. Their lives have not been easy. Lost another friend to lung cancer 10 years ago. She left behind a 2 year old granddaughter. They adored each other. There are four more grandchildren who will never know her. Two are named after her. Another, who was a fierce domestic violence advocate to ovarian cancer 3 years ago, just when she had moved in with the love of her life. She passed away shortly after learning that gay marriage was legal – made her very happy. My sister had colon cancer within months of losing her husband – she is well. Have 4 friends currently fighting cancer. All good people who have advocated for others their entire adult lives. Makes no sense. Three who had breast cancer but twenty years later are doing well. Cancer Sucks and Is Mean As Shit

    • Grace Mattern says:

      There are so many people we’ve loved who we’ve lost to cancer, so many we love living with cancer. It’s everywhere, children growing up without parents, people dying before they get to meet any of their grandchildren. We keep Eric alive for my grandkids by talking to them about their grandfather they didn’t get to meet, by telling stories, by having photos all around. I’m so glad your friend got to live to see gay marriage made legal and that your sister is well. Blessings among the pain. And I’m glad we’ve been able to stay connected. We make sense by connecting.

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