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JoelJosol

It started with a simple disclosure:
'I have a tumor in my lymph nodes.'

I looked at you, calculating my words,
their tone, their weight, to match yours.

'It is not even Stage 1.'
I thought I saw something in your eyes

that reminded me of mornings after my wife and I
had quarreled- a search for hope, a different life.

'The chemo is not working. One gallon of liquid
was taken out of my lungs.'

So you and this went on like husbands and wives do,
except from this you couldn't divorce.

I heard your violent coughing,
echoing the pain I never knew.

Today, a brief statement was sent out
to all of us friends,

that you passed away 8:30 am-
the moment when death did us part.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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JoelJosol

Juris, Judi. Thanks for the appreciation. So many of my friends and family succumb to cancer. I am glad that I was able to articulate the emotions of pain of the cancer patient and the ones they left behind.

 

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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Tony, thank you for reading, for allowing me to share the humanity of seeing friends lost to cancer.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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David W. Parsley

Coming along late to this piece, Joel, experiencing the immediacy of denial in the struggle to recover, the ultimate failure and loss.  My feelings are much like Tony's.  There is no hiding from the pain, it just takes the reader down to the mat of his soul without fanfare.  Thank you for finding the clarity and courage to write this.  And for sharing it here.

Sympathy,
- David

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JoelJosol

Thank you David. The cancer victim here is a close friend of mine. I tried to capture my personal witness of his journey.

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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