Here at Literature Works, we're firm believers in the restorative power of poetry. Indeed, our flagship project National Memory Day centres around the relationship between poetry and memory and its potential to make a positive difference in the lives of those living with memory loss. When we found out about this website offering support for people living with a rare form of cancer and exploring poetry's potential to offer some comfort, we had to share it with you.
In an excerpt titled ‘The Road Less Traveled’, mesothelioma patient and mother Linda honors Robert Frost in describing her trials and tribulations in her time navigating cancer. Her story is one of passion and courage, and a testament to the strength and determination of the mesothelioma cancer community.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive and malignant cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Also known as asbestos cancer, it occurs in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart, and is usually acquired over long periods of exposure – usually occupational. There are very few known treatments, and no cure, so addressing the cancer at any stage can be extremely challenging.
Linda’s poem above demonstrates poetry’s ability to sometimes to temporarily free us of stress and provide somewhat of an emotional release. In honor of National Women’s Health Week and in the wake of National Poetry Month, it’s important we remember those affected by rare and aggressive diseases, like mesothelioma. For more information on mesothelioma cancer, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and potential treatment, please visit the website.