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Susan Martinello
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Editor’s Note: The author writes: “‘Mad River’ speaks of my decision to undergo chemotherapy for Lupus Nephritis after the birth of my second child. I remember breaking down on the phone.”

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;140(3):825. doi:10.1378/chest.10-1942
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The awkward medical resident
charged with phoning me
to impart all the possible
side effects
of the chemotherapy
read a list of perils
that rushed toward me,
swept me away,
a mad river of words.
I held my own against
hair loss, breast cancer
and other dark currents,
but didn’t see
premature menopause
coming.
On those jagged words
I broke.


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