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Poetry and Oncology
November 2018

Long Live Neutrophil

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Jimmy Everest Section of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City
JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(11):1626. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.4497

Memories are faint, for words were few
Or maybe it was me, hearing nothing I knew
Lost somewhere in jargon of marrow, purpura, blast
Was lurking my cancer, as we stood speechless, aghast
Therapy would last for months, we were sent to 10-West
Stressing me was my homework, algebra and science are my best
“I have got things to do,” I play treasure hunt and catch
Tim’s birthday was around, and my baseball match
Sitting in the care room, listening about the trials
I knew it was time to endure, no more screams or denials.

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