One year, post-diagnosis,
First follow-up mammogram.
Due to continued tenderness in
External and internal surgical sites,
Mostly concerned about possibility
Of increased squish-factor pain.
Another in long chain of wonderful
Outcomes: less than a week prior to
Mammogram, tenderness and swelling
Abated, resolved, disappeared.
This time, no waiting due to need to slow down,
Clarify, increase diligence, take a closer look,
Enhance careful screening, make certain, be sure.
Within 10 minutes, with smiles and reassuring pats,
Good news: no sign of cancer; clean bill of health.
Medicos and treatments did the job: extra cells, gone!
"See you in a year for next follow-up!"
Exhaled relief; broad grin of exhilaration;
Jubilating spring in my step; rapid phone calls
To relay positive results; continued celebrations.
As always, deep gratitude to The Divine, The Family,
The Team of Friends, and The Medical Folks one and all.
Ann B. Blake
(c) May 8, 2014