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I Don't Want That - A Poem

Updated on July 5, 2014

I Don't Want That

I don’t want that poison running in my veins

You’ll have to tie me to my bed in chains

You must remember what we talked about before the big C

I can’t believe now you want me to have chemo-therapy

I don’t want that, it’s not good for me

And it’s not fair of you to demand this of me

The decision is mine you can leave if you must

I’m not doing it, not ever. I know what I trust

I’ll take my chances, change my diet

No more additives and big greasy fry ups

Organic veggies, lots of clean living

I’m definitely ditching the chemical cleaning

My life was once full of stress, cigarettes, and wine

Yoga and meditation will be my new pastime

I can’t argue no more I’m just so tired

I don’t want that, it’s just fighting fire with fire

I said I don’t want that, now leave it be

I’ve listened to your side but you are not me

The chemo will get me one way or another

I know it will just like it did your mother

What prompted me to write this poem?

Well I don't have cancer. However I have had the discussion with lots of family and friends about their view on chemo and cancer and the general feeling is that most don't like the idea of filling their bodies with harmful chemicals in order to try and kill the cancer. A lot of us feel that sometimes doctors and specialist only offer this avenue of treatment and a lot of us know of others who have agreed to have it because they have been scared not to. I have stated categorically that in no way would I allow these chemicals in my body I would much rather take my chances, change my diet and way of living (which I have already done to a large extent anyway) than feel so ill with the side effects of chemo. Plus I think it is important that we not blindly trust another with the health (or death) of our bodies.

Wishing all my readers good health :)


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      Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia

      So sorry for your loss jujubees and thank you for taking the time to read my hub and leaving a comment. :)

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      jujubees 5 years ago from Rhode Island

      My husband died of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He decided to go with the chemo....I tried to help him incorporate good nutrition, supplements and exercise. We had what was considered the best hospitals and doctors on the east coast. He also had, what they termed, 'the good cancer'....if that makes any sense. He wasn't supposed to die, but his chances were excellent to be cured or at least keep it in check. It didn't happen. After many months of chemo, a stem cell transplant and radiation his body could take no more. I firmly believe the "cure" killed him. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront. Health care is big business....sometimes it succeeds...sometimes not.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i don't blindly believe anything :-)

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      It would be nice to see more people taking responsibility for their own health rather than them just blindly believing what doctors tell them they should do.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      yes. I agree. It reminds me of people using and getting hooked on methadone in order to get off of heroin

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for reading my hub KaraokeGuy, I agree. Most patients experience terrible sickness. Chemo is not the solution. It may kill off the cancer cells in the area/s treated but often it causes secondary cancer to show up in other areas, sometimes years later.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      chemo is almost worse then cancer. It is poison. I hope I'm never faced with that decision. Good work!

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      Christine P Ann 6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for reading my poem pennyofheaven & cat on a soapbox, really encouraging to get feedback :)

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      No one should feel pressured into accepting chemotherapy.

      I know many who have had success, others did not fare well. It depends on age, attitude, and sensitivity to things. I think that it is most important to understand options, procedures, side effects and expectations. Good communication with your health team is paramount. Thank you for your hub.

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      If ever I got the big C I too would take my chances the natural way. After watching my mum suffer for 9 months, I watched the chemicals and drugs strip away more than the bodily functions. Blindly trusting is how many choose. Not me. Awesome poem. Thanks