what cancer cannot do

What Cancer Cannot Do

I found this poem and I believe it is the perfect poem for anyone who can associate with cancer. The poem, titled “What Cancer Cannot Do,” was written by an an unknown author. Here is the poem:

What Cancer Cannot Do

Cancer is so limited… 

It cannot cripple love.

It cannot shutter hope.

It cannot corrode faith.

It cannot eat away peace.

It cannot destroy confidence.

It cannot kill friendship.

It cannot shut out memories.

It cannot silence courage.

It cannot reduce eternal life.

It cannot quench the Spirit.

I love everything about this poem. Everything that the author states is very true. Cancer “cannot cripple love;” it only strengthens love and brings people together. Love is strengthened when a person has cancer, despite the stress and pain that goes along with cancer. You don’t know how long you have with that person, so you will love them as much as you can for as long as you can. Cancer “cannot shatter hope.” Cancer causes people to have more hope that they will beat the cancer. Having hope and faith can help battle the cancer. Cancer “cannot kill friendship.” Just like love, cancer strengthens friendship. Cancer brings people and friends together. Without a friend’s support, battling cancer would be very difficult. Friends come together and strengthen their relationships to support the cancer patient and be their rock. Cancer “cannot silence courage.” Everyone who has cancer is very courageous. They will fight the cancer no matter what and will do anything to beat the cancer, even if it seems scary to them. 

This poem is very inspirational. I really wish I had seen this poem earlier. I would have told my uncle all about it. I am sure he would find inspiration in it and would agree with everything. My uncle was one of the most courageous people I know. He never gave up and never lost hope. Cancer did not quench his Spirit; it set his Spirit on fire. The love of his family and friends was strengthened by his cancer. Every cancer patient and friends and families of cancer patients can relate to this poem. I’m sure they agree with everything in this poem. This poem gives cancer patients hope that they are greater than this cancer and will beat it with help, hope, and courage. 

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Here is the website where I found the poem: http://www.scrapbook.com/poems/doc/4878/403.html

Here is the website I found the image of the poem: http://www.zazzle.ca/what_cancer_cannot_do_poem_poster_print-228935306289537886