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Monday, February 24, 2014

GOODBYE, LEFT BREAST (ODE TO A MASTECTOMY)



If this is posted, it means I had my surgery this morning.  I asked my son, Blake, to post it after the operation was finished.  I'll be in the hospital a day or two.  I'll get back to posting as soon as I can.  So many of you have sent lovely notes & I appreciate every single one.  The poem below describes how I feel about the whole thing.


GOODBYE, LEFT BREAST (ODE TO A MASTECTOMY)

I just thought I’d like to say goodbye
As you go to that medical waste disposal in the sky.
Say hi to my tonsils and have no fears.
We’ll all get back together in a few years.

You’ve known me the seventy-nine years of my life.
You saw me as a teen, and then a wife.
Your first job was attracting men
And next you were a breastaurant for my children.

When the doors of the milkbar finally closed
You went back to a purely decorative mode.
Which was fine, until that week
When you (and other parts) became antique.

I no longer attract young men of twenty,
But that’s all right, because I’ve had plenty.
And as for that other use, well, we all know
The odds of me nursing again are low.

But it’s in my nature to be a little sappy,
And with or without you I’ll keep on being happy.
Most would count this a loss when it comes to my score.
Will I miss you?  A little.  Do I need you?  No more!

I will be losing some symmetry,
On this I think we can both agree.
I may tilt to one side as I walk through town
But I’ll try to adjust and not fall down.

Yet I’m not through having fun
And lifting my face to the warmth of the sun,
And being with friends and laughing (I’ll show you)
So ta ta, left ta-ta, it was nice to know you!

Be careful what you wish for--you may get it.  I always wanted smaller breasts--but I assumed they'd match each other!!----fishducky


 
(It'll be a little while
 before I can do this again!)

33 comments:

  1. You are a Pip, Fran, and as Mrs. C would tell you, I mean that in the best way!

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  2. Dear Fran
    Loved your poem. It's very good and so much like you to be able to do the joke about it. So many women could not. Survivor you. I wish you a very speedy recovery.

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  3. It's always sad to part with bit of the bod but sometimes it's the only way.
    Merle.................

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  4. They can take your body parts but not your sense of humor. I'd argue that in a lot of cases the later is more important (especially if you're referring to 79-year-old out of warranty parts).

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  5. Hugs. Gentle cyber ones.
    And I love your poem.

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  6. Healing thoughts for a good recovery. Rest and take it easy.

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  7. Dear friend, I must have been more worried than I knew because as I read the poem for Errol, tears started choking me up. I am so glad the surgery is over with and you can now begin on the path of healing and recovery. I looked for ducky cards when I went to town today, but guess who get them? Only children, or so it seems. Love you, Inger -- Errol sends love.

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  8. Haven't been reading in forever so I didn't know.
    But sending love and prayers for healing.
    Your poem was perfection!

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  9. Sending hugs and best wishes for a quick recovery. Wonderful poem that I intend to share with my survivor group.

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  10. It is your mind I am in love with. You have given me a lot of early morning chuckles and so many laughs when I have been glum.I can always count on your writing.
    My family and I have been praying for you to recover and am soo glad to read this poem.
    Hugs _ Munir

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  11. Wonderful, witty, inspiring poem, Fran.... indeed you are a pip.... sending you a heartfelt empathic cyber <<<<<>>>>>> I also want to share your poem on a post which I'll link to here...

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  12. Superb poem that I shall share too. You are the most inspirational person I know (apart from your twin sister who sends her love) so look forward to having you back here and am sending you my love xxx

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  13. You're an amazing lady, Ms. F. Ducky, and I'm thinking of you as you recover!

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  14. That poem is outstanding. Kudos!

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. I'm sooooo glad the surgery to the front of you is behind you... and that your sense of humor is still intact. Get well soon. LOVE your poem.

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  16. That was wonderful. They should post this on a wall in the hospital.

    Hoping your recovery is quick.

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  17. Good to know you're better, Fran (I like the name fishducky). Love that poem, we do have to learn to let go and get on with life. Laughing cures so many of our ills.

    New follower, I learned about you from your friend Inger, but I have visited your blog before when you featured some of your drawings.

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  18. What a great poem! I laugh so much I had to stopped several times just to dry my glasses... I read it from Carolyn blog (amigoingsomeplace)!

    Last November, my wife Christiane had also a complete mastectomy of her left breast, we decided that we will live with this little lump in our road and pretty much just keep moving forward smiling (what are the alternative?).

    I'm adding you to my Blog list, a courageous, positive, funny women, how could I resist?

    Speedy recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    I would have send you hugs but I know that for a little while, it is not something you will welcome.

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  19. Letting go is one of the hardest things we learn to do in life. I'm still working at it. Inger's words sent me here. Your sense of humor and resilient spirit will keep me here. :-)

    Your poem is wry, witty, and wise -- things I aspire to but all so often miss. May your recovery be swift and burdened with as little pain as is possible. You are in my prayers!

    May the coming weeks be great ones for you.

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  20. Oh this is wonderful your sense of humour my dear will get you through anything I really do believe in that power. Take care and know everyone is laughing and wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery. Hugs to you and thank you for showing the strength and humour some are not as lucky to see they have. Hugs Buttons

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  21. Susan S. sent me over, and I'm so glad that she did! I LOVE this poem! It speaks volumes about your positive outlook, inventive sense of humor, and immense courage. Wishing you a speedy recovery with minimum discomfort. Looking forward to following your adventures, when you're feeling up to it.

    Julie

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  22. What a fabulous tribute to your left breast!
    I love your positive outlook, I had similar feelings when I had my hysterectomy.
    I've read blogs where women have moaned about being less of a woman, but really, they're not.
    I hope recovery is quick and easy, there will be therapy and things will be a little difficult as you adjust, but I know you'll be fine with all of that. We're all thinking of you out here.
    xoxoxo :)

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  23. Thank you, EVERYBODY, for your comments & good wishes--I'm going back to bed!!

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  24. What a wonderful poem. It's all about perspective and how you look at things.

    Glad you came thru it all ok and I hope for a quick and flawless recovery.

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  25. Oh, that is too funny. So glad they did not remove your funny bone! You are in my prayers.

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  26. Love the poem!! So glad it all went well and you will be in my prayers...

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  27. Nice to see you back from wonderful recovery. Lovely poem!!

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  28. I realise the surgery is now over and you'll be recovering. I hope everything went well and I'll be sharing your poem with a friend who has the same diagnosis.
    Very best of luck, you have amazing courage.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  29. Hi, Fran.
    Excuse my abruptness, but I'm in love with you and your poetry.
    Susan S. introduced me (and Julie) to your poems and blog.
    I'm so glad she did.
    With your sense of humor, you'll heal just fine.
    Take care,
    xoRobyn

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  30. Loved the poem, you still have that humour you are known for in the blogesphere even in a difficult time. I am glad to see you blogging more, and I hope you are feeling ok and recovering fine. Thinking of you and sending lots of love and well wishes, Hayley-Eszti

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    1. I'm doing great, Hayley--how about you?

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