30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 28 | Untitled by Fay Chiang

September 28, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic

The months fly by
   from last November
      until September;
these past ten months
    I’ve been admitted and discharged
         from the hospital six times
The cancer metastasized
      into both lungs
and then the brain:
   radiation in February
        to a mass by the right temple
neurosurgery to the top of the brain
      in July and last Friday
  the last radiation treatment
      to the tumor
             in the frontal lobe
A cancer survivor for twenty three years
   diagnosed when my daughter
         was only four years old,
I feel blessed having seen her grow up
   feeling blessed to still be here
          and to still be standing
Fay Chiang is a poet and visual who believes culture is a spiritual and psychological weapon used for the empowerment of people and communities.Working at Project Reach, she is also a member of Zero Capital and the Orchard Street Advocacy Wellness Center. Battling her tenth bout of breast cancer, she is working on her memoir.Seven Continents Nine Lives (Bowery Books) is her most recent collection of poetry. And she is the mother of the inimitable Xian.

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