I thought of this poem before I drifted off last night. I had written this shortly after my diagnosis last May. What a gift that we GET to wake up each day anew! No matter what you face, there are Gifts from God still to be had -tender morsels in each delicious moment. YOU are a gift. We GET to live -for now, for today.
I feel the rain on my face
reminded of all the places
where I go unconscious
When life rubs me the wrong way
and I’m critical & allergic to people
situations, red lights, tailgating, dirty dishes, my filthy house
Nothing ever perfect + neat.
My silly shitty hamster wheel just Disintigrated.
I feel the rain on my face
Savor it like it’s the last time.
Smell the electric charge in the air
Must commit all to Memory
I will not fade
I will burn out fiercely
and leave traces across the sky.
Published by Melissa Eppard
I am a professionally trained and certified Life Coach with personal experience overcoming cancer as a mom in my mid-30's. After a diagnosis in 2014 I began blogging as a way to communicate with my family and friends, but it soon became much more than that. Writing was my lifeboat and connection with the outside world while immune compromised and healing from surgery.
Now I’m using my personal and professional experiences and living my dream of supporting others as a Healing Hope Cancer Coach. I help my clients understand their options, develop the best care team and a supportive network. Together we unpack the experience of having a cancer diagnosis, processing the emotional impact of a cancer. I offer stress reduction techniques to help manage fear and uncertainty, and coaching to support healing on all dimensions. After treatment ends, I help people find their personal roadmap through the pain and uncertainty, to a life fueled by clarity, personal strength and a connection to their unique life purpose. From diagnosis, through treatment and recovery, no one should go it alone!
I draw upon 10+ years of work immersed in holistic health and wellness. I was born and raised in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York and live there still with my husband and son. My survivorship blog Melissashealinghope.com chronicles my healing journey. You can learn more about my work as a coach at MelissaEppardCoaching.com.
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9 thoughts on “Waking up: The day after”
And traces in our hearts!
Thank you for all the inspiration you brought to my life!
Once again…still..you continue to blow us….away.
Thanks for reminding me of this!
Beautiful poem Melissa! The end gave me chills! Thank you for sharing:)
Wow, Melissa! Thank you for this!
Wow! I love this poem. Your insights are amazing. Thank you Melissa. I love you so much, and I am so proud of you.
Well my friend, you have certainly left fireworks of truth and courage and beauty in our sky!
W~O~W…look at the light show 😉 AH-MAZING!!!