There is No Before Cancer
by Jeffrey L. Taylor

Surgery or chemo does not
mark the beginning
of the fight
against cancer.

Human immune systems routinely
eliminate up to a million
traitorous cancer cells
every day.

You have always been fighting cancer
and, up until recently,
winning. But now
reinforcements are called for,
bring out the heavy guns, and hope
for good targeting and little
collateral damage.

After they declare
“Mission Acomplished,”
thank them,
thank your body too
as it continues solo,
the fight against cancer.

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