The Bridge

Karyn Williams participated in Writing the Journey, our writing workshop series for people affected by breast cancer. “The Bridge” is a poem she wrote for the workshop.

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I crossed the bridge,
Into a new land.
The technicians said to me,
“We need to do this again,
Sorry.”
Stomach lurches,
Mouth goes dry,
Fear.

So, the Facts
And then, the Plan.
And off we go over the bridge,
Down the rabbit hole,
Into For Ever Land,
Cancerland.
Where nothing is the same.

Chemo, radiation,
medicines and machines,
Hair loss, fatigue,
Blood tests and scans,
Through the maze of alternatives.
Never sure,
No cure,
This is me
Now and for ever.
“I can’t go back to yesterday”, said Alice,
“Because I was a different person then.*

*from Alice in Wonderland, by Robert Louis Stevenson


Karyn Williams, 59, is a mother of four children and has two grandchildren (and another on the way). She lives in Australia with her loving husband. Karyn was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2008. In 2014, she learned she had metastatic breast cancer in her lungs, liver, brain and spine. Karyn has been pleased to find support through online communities like those offered through Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

17 thoughts on “The Bridge

  1. Except, Alice, was pretty much Alone. Don’t Give up, Don’t Give In, and Don’t Give out. We are all here and we are on your side. Never, Ever, Ever feel alone. jimmydude

    • It’s always a relief to know you are talking to people who really get it. Such a relief. Take care of you. Xx

  2. I’m going through the same thing, my has move to my pelvis, it is hard every day to try and keep your mind busy and at the same time you are in pain, enjoy reading your story. You are in my prayers

  3. Karyn so beautifully written. You are always in our loving thoughts and prayers. Hugs always Sue and Les 😻❤

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