Shortly, and I mean very shortly, after I finished my treatment in 2012, my partner was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer.  Several surgeries later, she should be getting her radioactive iodine treatment in a month or so.  I wrote the following letter to cancer on behalf of my family.

A Letter to Cancer


Dear Cancer,

No, that’s too nice –

To: cancer

First, I’d like to say – screw you. Then, I’d like to say thank you.  The “screw you” is pretty self-explanatory and I’m sure you’ve heard that, and worse, before. The “thank you” might seem a little confusing at first, but I’ll get to that later. It’s been exactly 2 years since you invaded my life, and I have a few things to say to you.

Now, first things first –

You are a mindless, soul-less beast. You take away people and pieces of people and leave so many scars, on skin and on souls.  You disrupt and destroy lives and tear families apart.

You are a monster.

You put my family through hell. You terrorized my mother and made her fear that she might outlive her only child. You ambushed my partner, essentially turning her into a single parent and bringing the weight of our world down on her shoulders, while I was fighting like hell to get rid of you.  Then, you gave my daughter nightmares – making her ask, at 5 years old, “Is Mommy going to die?” HOW DARE YOU

And now, you’ve set your sights on my family again – on my partner. She, the patient now, and I, the caregiver. Just when we thought we had seen the last of you, here you are again. I wasn’t angry when you came for me – although I had every right to be – but now, I’m furious.  You have attacked and terrorized my family, but you have not won. And, you will not win. I’ve learned many valuable lessons, thanks to you. I’ve learned that I am stronger and braver than I ever knew – and the same goes for my partner, my daughters, my friends, and my mother.  We are all amazing.  I learned that with each new day brings new challenges, but also many blessings, big and small.  That, with God and the power of prayer, all things are possible.  And, if I just let go, God will provide. I learned there can be moments of joy, even when there’s not much to be joyful about. And that courage, grace and humor are powerful weapons against you.  I also learned I look fabulous bald.

Thank you for these lessons.

So, cancer, I have beaten you.  I have survived you. I hope and pray I never see you again – but, if I do, my family and I will be ready for you.  And we will beat you – again.

-Sonia Convery, 2013


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa Lambert
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 09:51:14

    Your strength is amazing, Sonia! You set a wonderful example for those who have already walked in your footsteps and especially for those who may have to do so at some point in their lives. Zetti will also win her battle and you both can stand tall as cancer survivor warriors! Jada and Kayla are blessed to have you both as inspirations. Continued success to you and Zetti as you move forward…. Xoxox Lisa Lambert


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