Gambling with the Cat Scan Machine

 

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“CAT SCan Machine: Just my attempt to apply humor to my Cancer experience.

 

Cancer day is this Wednesday. I have my annual lung cancer checkup on that day. Lung cancer was my second cancer. My first was Lymphoma. I spend the year between cancer checkups thinking of myself as cancer free. It’s not really true.

Cancers seem to breed future cancers. At least the chemotherapy does. One thoughtless oncologist relieved himself of his own guilt by calling this, ‘the price of staying alive‘!

There is more cancer living for me. My chronic illness of Common Variable Immunodeficiency also makes me higher risk for more cancers and other unpleasant goodies.

At any rate, I do know my experience with Cancers is not unique. I once read about a man who had experienced 8 different cancers. Eight! I certainly admire his courage and strength. Cancer is difficult six ways from Sunday.

Here is my poem about what I name Cancer Day.

I don’t
gamble
no lottery tickets
slot machines
contests
cards
horse races
or even ball games

The house always
wins
games of chance
are rigged
fixed
in advance

I did once
feel the
fever
to play
and
play
no matter
the cost

I don’t gamble
except
that noisy
round
white
doughnut
machine

Around
and around
twirling
spinning
hold your
breath
let go

Positive thoughts
rabbits foot
crossed fingers
four leafed clovers
a buckeye
in my pocket

It’s April
Fools Day
I don’t
gamble
except
the CT Scan
machine

The house always
wins
games of chance
are rigged
fixed
in advance

I wish
I knew
what the house
planned
the con
the scam

there is no
fever
to play
this round
no compulsion
no desire
to bet my
life
on that
CT Machine

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