Treasure Island

Elaine Macfarlane

(East Kilbride, Scotland)

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Cancer Diagnosis


The shock of diagnosis
was etched upon her face
Her eyes and mouth wide open
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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/7/2014 4:42:00 AM)

    Cheer up, Elaine; I can understand how you feel; but with strong will power, it is possible to survive...your daughter can be one of them... (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (4/6/2014 4:33:00 PM)

    Powerful. I have tears in my eyes thinking about the reality of this story for many families. You crafted it well, with truth and sensitivity. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/6/2014 4:31:00 PM)

    Warmest thoughts of compassion goes to the one going through this shock. It is just such a heart touching piece of writing. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/6/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    It is really a shocking experience in once life that comes like a thunderbolt of statement and diagnosis from an expert doctor that his or her patient is at last in the dreaded disease where suffering is high recovery is partial and unsure in certain cases. Though scientific and medical solutions are coming most of the incumbents are fearful about the disease just like a warrant to the ultimate destiny and sorrowful emotions of a particular case is expressed in perfection by the learned poet which is apt and correct in such cases. (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (4/6/2014 9:03:00 AM)

    This poem held me from the start by conveying the shear shock of the fragile hold we have on life. It's the news we all dread, just like the unexpected knock on your door late at night. Brilliant composure. I wish anyone in this position godspeed in their recovery. (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (4/6/2014 4:09:00 AM)

    I, like everyone had to wipe the tear after reading that last line. Such a heart wrenching poem but yet so beautifully written. If this is based on a true ordeal of said persons then my very best wishes to all involved. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (4/6/2014 12:19:00 AM)

    These words expressed so well full of shock, sadness yet Hope. Hope and support are so valuable at this time and I Hope the outcome has been positive.I wish you well. (Report) Reply

  • Titi Dale (4/6/2013 5:03:00 PM)

    Wow...just...wow. This is a very inspirational and tells a very mportant story to us all :) (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (4/6/2013 9:06:00 AM)

    A poignant poem which rent my heart. The shock of hearing that one is afflicted with the Emperor of maladies is really too much to bear! - The words - They 'll make me better, Mummy- - -is the positive part and I wish with all my heart that it turns true.! My very best wishes and may God bless her! (Report) Reply

  • Jayne Davies (4/6/2013 1:33:00 AM)

    This brought tears to my eyes! It explains exactly how I felt when the Doctor told me the devastating news that I had Breast Cancer! That was over ten years ago now, but the experience will never leave me! A very emotional poem! I wish you all the best xxx I have written a poem called My Angel and Silver Lady, please feel free to read. They relate to my experience xx (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (4/8/2012 4:09:00 AM)

    If this poem is autobiographical please accept my best wishes and love for the future. Friends of ours had the same experience when their 11 year old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I was heartbreaking but the whole village rallied round in an outpouring of love and help.
    I recently had to go in for tests to see if my symptoms were cancer related but thankfully I got a clean bill of health. I wrote a poem in the hospital on the back of a napkin whilst waiting, called it The Appointment. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (4/6/2012 12:44:00 AM)

    Elaine, I pray that you get better; not all cancer patients go under and often courage brings them round, just like my own mother... (Report) Reply

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