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Poem: Weathering The Storm

My boyfriend is diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Everyday we encounter new details on this life changing nightmare. The road is not easy.

Poem Summary

Weathering the storm is a poem about facing a battle with a terminal illness. Her voice cries to the heavens to dry their tears and comfort their bleeding hearts. Together they stand strong like an old oak tree weathering the storm.

"We'll Never Stop Fighting (Cancer Fight Song) by Never Stop Fighting 2018 Robbie & Dylan Knowles"

Weathering The Storm

Her voice silently cries to the heavens,

for sunlight to dry up the rain

hidden in unspoken words.

Her heart tenderly bleeds

touching the palm of his hand,

barricading herself

in the shelter of his loving embrace.

Facing this wicked battle

waging war within his body,

they stand strong like an old oak tree

weathering the storm.



Last Day Of Chemotherapy

The results of the last CT Scan sound promising.

The doctor says the cancer is shrinking! The battle is far from over, but it is moving in the right direction.

His next treatment will consist of only Keytruda. This a an immunotherapy drug. It works with his own body's ability to help kill the cancer.

He has already been taking this drug along with two chemotherapy drugs each time he has a treatment session, so we will not need to worry about additional side effects.

His sessions will be reduced to every six weeks instead of the usual twenty one days. This should give him time to gain his strength back between each one.


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.

— C.C. Scott

"Strong Enough - Matthew West



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 28, 2021:

Facing an illness is much like a storm

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 16, 2021:

When illness strikes together you must stand

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 10, 2020:


Thank you so much for the wonderful prayers.

It would be quite a relief if the cancer disappears for good.

May you be blessed with a Merry Christmas!

Take care.

Vanita Thakkar on December 10, 2020:

So happy to know that the cancer is receding. We all hope, wish and pray that it goes off altogether, never to be back. Both of you are brave.

Loved your poem.

Take care.

Merry Christmas !!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 09, 2020:


Thank you for your heartfelt comments.

I do try to be there for him but some days I think I am a thorn in his side.

But hey...I guess cancer is not a ball of fun. He has his bad days.

For the most part though he has been doing really great.

We finished decorating the Christmas tree yesterday.

Take care and enjoy today.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 09, 2020:


It does me too! But I am not overly anxious after reading reports.

The tumors are still there but at least they are shrinking.

I must believe that God will guide the doctors in their choices for treatment.

I'm glad you liked the poem.

The sun is shining today so maybe a bit if Christmas magic is in the air.

Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 09, 2020:

Your poem is heartfelt and this time it brought relief as well. I am happy to read that things are getting better. You have been strong and a constant support.

May God bless you both, and I wish for his speedy recovery.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan on December 09, 2020:

It delights me so much when I hear that your boyfriend's cancer is shrinking. May the doctors guide him the right way always. And may God bless you both always. I loved your poem, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2020:


Thank you.

It is a devastating disease.

We see many people at the treatment center.

We are hoping that indeed the tide has turned for the better.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

Have a Merry Christmas!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2020:


Thank you.

I am glad the doctor says the tumors are shrinking.

I try to support him the best I can, but there are moments when I feel this is his fight to battle.

He must be the strong one.

As for the kitties..not too bad so far.

We had only put the tree together with lights and an angel on top.

We ran into a few days where he didn't feel up to finishing the decorations.

The kitties have been curious, even biting a limb or two but nothing drastic.

We finished decorating it today so time will tell.

Guess I need to start writing and gather me a collection of sweet kitty pics.

Have a Merry Christmas!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2020:


Thank you.

I am happy that the tumors are shrinking, but I hope the doctors are trying to rid the cancer and not just make it tolerable.

Glad you liked my poem.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2020:


Sorry about your best friend friend. Losing someone so close is always hard. But I think he described that feeling on target.

There are days he seems great but other days where he wishes it would just go away. Those days are quite terrible for him.

I am hoping the doctors are steering him in the right direction.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 08, 2020:


Thank you.

I am glad to hear your sister is in good spirits.

It sounds like that is her way...to treat life naturally.

She sounds amazing.

To look at Ron, one would never know he has cancer.

We had no idea until he suffered strokes while at work.

Still he is fine. Walking, talking, living each day but some days do hit him a bit harder where he doesn't feel great & sleeps alot.

I will see if I can find that book also.

I am a bit tired right now though.

Take care & thank you for the blessing of healing.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2020:

That is great news about the cancer shrinking. Hopefully, the tide has turned. It is a tough battle with all of the side-effects of treatments, and way too many people are on that same path. I will keep you and others I know in my prayers.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 08, 2020:

Brenda, it's a relief to hear Ron's cancer is shrinking. I wish both of you the best in this journey. You've been a tremendous form of support to him all along.

Merry Christmas to both of you! BTW, how are the kitties doing with the Christmas tree?

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 08, 2020:

Brenda, I am so glad to hear that the tide has turned. i realize the battle isn't over but the fact that things are getting better is wonderful news. I like your poem also.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 08, 2020:

A year ago today I lost my best friend to cancer. I asked him, the last time I saw him, what it was like, living with a terminal illness. He said it's like walking around with a large, dark cloud always overhead. Sometimes he doesn't notice the cloud is there at all, until he does, and then it seems like the sun will never shine again.

Blessings to you always!

manatita44 from london on December 08, 2020:

What can I say? Hugs ... may healing and compassion keep flowing his way.

Yes, fortitude is a very crucial one at this time, as current external forces do not help. Read less. There's a very beautiful book I used to give to cancer patients. I have just looked and cannot find it. I'll search again for you later, as every single patient of mines loved that book. It's motivational.

Sharing briefly, my sister in Texas is the opposite to most cancer patients. She has stage 4, but you would think she was fine! Laughing, chatting, working and even partying with the family sometimes. She helps people and saying it's just her nature. Much Love, Brenda.

'Something' Murphy, on Amazon. Will check again.

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