Ode to Karla

Since we are launching a podcast for Karla to share stories and interviews while on her cancer journey, we have been brainstorming a jingle or opening to go with the episodes. 

This was originally written to go with that.

I “met” Karla almost five years ago when I left cruise ship jobs behind and was looking for work. Though we have never met in person, she has consistently been a source of support and inspiration. I have always known her to be strong, determined and, most of all, kind and generous. 

Here is my ode to you.

When life gives you cancer, what do you do?

Radiation, chemo and pain meds too

But it’s more than just treatments

It’s a new way to be

It’s figuring out life

While my boobs try to kill me

Cancer brings many things that you didn’t expect

From a new daily schedule to a pain in my neck

To people coming back in my life

From around the world and years past

While this cancer gets its ass kicked

These are the stories that will last

My boobs are trying to kill me

And while I’m sipping chemo cocktails

I want to talk about it all

Laugh or go off the rails

This is the truth 

The highs and the lows

The people I meet along the way

So let’s start the show

I’m drinking chemo cocktails

Instead of wine

As my boobs try to kill me

And crawl up my spine

Let’s have a laugh

Or a rant or two

This is the bad and good

That cancer can do

-Jessica

About The Author

A few months ago, I was told that my boobs are trying to kill me and being misdiagnosed for two years allowed them to recruit throughout the rest of my body by way of my spine. Before this, I knew f*ck all about cancer. Now, between sipping chemo cocktails, I want to talk about the truth of living with Stage 4 Breast Cancer with my support system and people I have met along the way to recovery.

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