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By Dawn Oswald


What is it?

Lymph is a colorless fluid, but I see black

Edema is excess fluid in my arm, which I see red

How angry I feel

Why did I get it?

Was I chosen for a reason?

Did the cancer cause it?

Yes, the cancer spread

I did not deserve it

Neither do you

I don’t want it

Be angry

Get mad

Do something about it

Someone help me

Can it be helped?

Yes, it can be

Helped by angels

Touched by the angel’s hands

An angel to perform a procedure

Whatever the help you need, get it

Do not let lymphedema ruin your life

Take back your life

Get your arm back

Back to normal

Normal as it can be

Do the things you used to do

You win by getting the right help

The right therapist

The right surgeon

The right equipment

You fight for you

I did

Fight for your independence

You deserve it

You deserve to be happy again

Free from pain and deformity

Free from losing your independence

Get help

I did

Now I am back to being me

Mrs. Independence

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