An Inverted Teal Ribbon

IMGSeptember is ovarian cancer awareness month. This poem was written in memory of my sweet mom, who passed away from this horrible disease.

An Inverted Teal Ribbon

by P. J. LaRue

She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek,
With unclear symptoms, a late diagnosis made her chances bleak.
Discovered in stage four, once the ovarian cancer had spread,
Her twenty percent survival rate filled her family with dread.

Bloating, gas and stomach ailments are the vague symptoms of which we speak,
She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek.
Today would have been her birthday, but there’s no surprise party planned,
This cancer is the fifth highest cause of women’s deaths, so let’s take a stand.

That September is ovarian cancer month, is known by few,
So wear your teal ribbons and organize a walk-a-thon or two.
She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek.
Her defiantly bared head was her statement of strength, ever so chic.

Annual ultrasounds provide hope for detection at an early stage,
But it’s vital that donations continue, in order to win the war we wage.
A cure will be found, but until then, faith please give us the peace we seek.
She’ll wear an inverted teal ribbon, but no teardrops will fall on her cheek.

An Inverted Teal Ribbon

 

Copyright  © PJ LaRue, Inc. 2012

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