A Life Worth Living

I sat alone in Dr. Kick Ass’s office, my ears
Hearing the clinical,
the scary,
the disease names
spun from Latin.

Words–things!– that pin me to this bed,
my chest tight with what ifs.

I have never admitted to feeling fear,
Not the way I do now,
Knowing I have so much more to live for.

I know now,
more than ever-
I don’t want to leave anyone

I will swallow these pills,
I will pump my body full of these toxins.
I will sit through extractions and screens and tests
and I will 
eat spinach raw.

Because I won’t...
I won't leave anyone behind.

(Photo credit: Katie McKnight Photography)

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