When I Was Diagnosed/What I Didn’t Know – A Poem

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When I was diagnosed,

I thought my life was over.

What I didn’t know

was that it was just beginning.

When I was diagnosed,

I wanted to give up,

to let the darkness claim me.

What I didn’t know

was that my light would grow brighter,

shining like a beacon

for all to see.

When I was diagnosed,

I thought my battle was over,

that I would stop fighting.

What I didn’t know

was that my battle was just beginning

and I would become stronger because of it.

When I was diagnosed,

my life began again.

I crawled through the darkness,

picking up the pieces of myself

that I had forgotten were part of me.

When I was diagnosed,

I realised that there was light within me

and that I had to let it shine

if I was to truly live.

When I was diagnosed,

I learned what it truly was

to be strong and to be brave,

and what courage really was,

that I was all of these things .

When I was diagnosed,

I learned what it was

to be truly thankful,

and to realise that everything in my life

was a gift to be thankful for.

When I was diagnosed,

I thought my life was over.

What I didn’t know

was that it was just beginning…

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