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Jacob Michael DiIorio
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Editor’s Note: The author is an 11-year-old cancer survivor of childhood leukemia and wrote the poem as a 6th grade English assignment. He would like to acknowledge his 6th grade English teacher, Mrs. Hulme, who inspired him to write about memories. This poem first appeared in his school newsletter.

Editor’s note for authors of submissions to Pectoriloquy: Poems should not exceed 350 words, should not have been previously published, and should be related to concerns of physicians and medicine. First submissions to the Pectoriloquy Section should be submitted via e-mail to poetrychest@aol.com. Authors of accepted poems will be asked to submit the final version to CHEST Manuscript Central.

Michael Zack, MD, FCCP

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Chest. 2013;143(2):576. doi:10.1378/chest.12-2564
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…the excitement of my gecko catching his first cricket.
…the happiness of when I got off of cancer treatment.
…the fun at Camp Hole In The Wall.
…when I saw I had made the boys soccer team.
…the memory of boogie boarding with my dad and being tipped over buy
a wave
…the relief of jumping into my pool after a hot day of school.
…the thrill of playing paintball.
…the fun of playing with a remote control car.
…the good feeling I get when I help other people.
…the delicious taste of my mom’s home made cookies.


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