Change of Plan

By Jane Wilder


Life mapped out
Going to plan
Thinking about retirement
Then I’m sent for a scan

Probably a cyst
Nothing to fear
Then the dreaded news
It’s going to be a hell of a year

The nightmare begins
A mastectomy planned
Followed by chemo
Sick bucket manned

Tiredness and pain
Hair falling out
“Will the nightmare ever end”
I just want to shout

Three weeks of radio
An undignified time
Prodded and poked
Don’t breath – it’s a crime

Finally over
near normality returns
The physical scars heal
But the mental pain burns

Glad to be alive
Spend time with my man
Just enjoy every minute
And back to the plan

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