Over on the Awesome Cancer Survivor blog, Alicia discusses her decision not to have reconstructive surgery after her double mastectomy in the post, "8 Months Ago".
I can definitely relate. After several major chest surgeries for my cancer, I know in my heart that I will NEVER have cosmetic surgery. Today I wrote this poem about my body. As always, any criticism is welcome.
Look at me and know
that I have overcome.
I have SURVIVED.
This body chronicles my battle,
A struggle that should not be erased.
This body is resilient.
This body is unique
And it is all my own.
No Renoir could compare.
These serpentine scars form a map
Tracing my personal hegira.
Thick hills and grooved recesses
Seam altered organs
And cracked bones.
I owe this body loyalty
for it has served me as best it could.
It is no vessel for my soul.
It is my soul.