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Poem: Daily Struggle

I was diagnosed with a menogioma brain tumor in 2006. I had Gamma Knife Surgery in October of 2018 which is radiation to shrink tumor.

Poem Summary

Daily struggle is a poem about the struggles one faces each day when diagnosed with a menogioma brain tumor which is affecting his quality of life. One tries to pretend as he goes about his day that he is normal but the struggle is real while many are unaware that he even has a problem.

"Overcomer" by Mandisa

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Daily Struggle

A constant turmoil
from the time your feet hit the ground,
not certain if you can take a step
or walk a normal stride.

The agony of moving forward
when your head is spinning
in a world of it’s own,
beating to the sound
of unfamiliar noises,
no one else can hear.

The excruciating pain throbbing
at different pinpoints
on your skull,
your eyes shaking for undetermined brief seconds
like a volcano erupting
with no warning.

Keeping a smile on your face
pretending to be fine
when you really want to cry,
feeling trapped like you are in a rat maze
you keep stumbling forward,
praying you will make it
with no one noticing.

Trying to sleep
when the touch of a pillow
hurts your brain,
hearing echoes of strange music
playing static in your ear,
with a million thoughts running
out of control.

With no complaints,
except for a few
that squeaked out when you were unaware,
you make it through the day
without hiding in your bed,
feeling blessed you are alive
to try again tomorrow.

"Fight Song" by Rachell Platten

© 2019 BRENDA ARLEDGE

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