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Carol Smallwood, MLS
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Correspondence to: Carol Smallwood, MLS; e-mail: smallwood@tm.net


Editor's Note: The poet's work has appeared in numerous journals. She wrote these poems to help her deal with the breast cancer from which her mother died.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2009 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2009;135(6):1693. doi:10.1378/chest.08-3008
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the young nurse said,
“Chemo makes veins fragile and
I blew it“–and got another nurse
When the needle tunnel stayed,
blood was mixed radioactive behind
a shield with a Garfield sticker
My heart later on screen beat the
color of lava in National Geographic


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