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Regina Murray Brault
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Editor’s Note: After the removal of 40% of her cancerous left lung in 1988, at 73 years old the author is now 23 years as a cancer survivor. “The Terminal” is about her father facing his lung cancer forty years earlier when his left lung had been removed. Later cancer was found in his right lung, and he passed away at age 52.

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Chest. 2012;142(3):806. doi:10.1378/chest.11-2583
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Down his chest
one long scar
like an abandoned railroad track
connecting nothing –
as my fingers turned the bend
I felt
a third-rail-jolt
and knew
that he was trapped
beneath those cross-ties.




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