What do you do when
your own body turns against you
and you find yourself battling
a true homegrown terrorist?
When your cells and tissue are
changing into things that
can kill you
and your life is in the hands of people
you’ve never met before
What do you do to survive
your own body?

You turn to something else inside you
like your spirit
your Faith
your inner strength
Things that may have been silent
in the past
but now raise their voices
to comfort and guide you
through the darkness and pain
And things outside yourself
like strangers battling their own bodies
who don’t stay strangers
very long
People who promise to pray for you
friends and family who cook and
clean for you
The beauty of a sunset
that reminds you that you’re
not alone
And the innocent embrace of a child
that gives more comfort
than any medicine ever could

This is what I did
when my body turned against me
And I realized
that I am more
than my physical threats and
I am spiritual
I am Faith-full
and I am grateful
to live more
to love more
and to be

-Sonia Convery, 2013

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