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David M. Bailey
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Correspondence to: David M. Bailey; e-mail: dmb@davidmbailey.com

Editor's Note: David M. Bailey is a 12-year survivor of Glioblastoma brain tumor and a prolific songwriter. His story has inspired thousands of fans all over the world and can be accessed at http://www.davidmbailey.com/home.html. This poem was written just prior to Thanksgiving in 2008 as he met the challenge of yet another hurdle with this disease.

Cynthia T. French, NP

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© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2009;135(6):1692. doi:10.1378/chest.08-2836
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So the news ain't exactly what I hoped for
You could almost say the news is bad
At first it kinda took my breath away
Then, I must admit it made me sad
I should not have been surprised; this shoulda happened long ago
But it's easy to get comfortable with what you don't want to know
“It's GBM” they said–like what I had at first
Of all the things I feared, this one was the worst
“You beat it once, you will again–we have better weapons now!
I swear to you I believe it's true I just am not sure how
I guess the hardest thing is fighting a war you thought' you'd won
Only to discover that the battle's just begun
Don't feel much like warrior, but I don't have a choice
It's time to walk the walk, and once again give hope a voice
So hand over my breastplate, my helmet and my shield
I'll need the full armor as I go into the field
I'm not sure I'm the one you want carrying your flag
I'm worried I will fall behind and just become a drag
But enough talk of these rumors of war
For goodness's sake it's Thanksgiving Day!
I've got more than the Pilgrims ever dreamed of
So today, I know what I have to say
Being thankful is not an obligation
It's not a thing you have to do one day a year
Thankful must become a way of life
Even in the middle of your tears
So on this day and on as many as should come
Always remember where you're from
Celebrate the sunrise and never let it go
If you love someone, make sure you let them know




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