Hi RallyForRiley team!! I know it has been a while since I last posted but I hope everyone had such wonderful holidays with their families. I am so grateful that I got to be with mine and that everybody is healthy!! 2016 is already here, and I plan on making it incredible! There are so many things I want to accomplish this year and I am hoping that my body will remain healthy to allow me to fulfill all those dreams. This year, one of my main goals is to connect with cancer organizations and hopefully meet with current cancer fighters!! I would absolutely love that. I follow so many stories of such strong people currently in their fight and meeting them all is such a big dream of mine. I have so much respect for these strong warriors. Everyone has such a different story and such different circumstances but none of them are easy. Cancer of any type is terrifying and absolutely heartbreaking. It affects so many families and while some fight longer than others, I believe that any amount of cancer is completely life altering. My diagnosis changed my whole perspective on how I live. I am aware that my battle was shorter and not as brutal as some, but I do understand what it is like to be told that you have one of the most life threatening diseases. I wrote this poem when I got diagnosed, when I felt like I had no control over what was going to happen to me. I felt like there was no way for anyone else to understand what was wandering through my mind. Poetry has always been one way for me to let out my thoughts. I haven’t really shared what I have written in the past, but I have realized that sharing my poetry could possibly help someone who thinks that nobody would understand what they are feeling, just like I did. I hope you enjoy!
Cancer Doesn’t Care
By: Riley Benado
With the world blurring before my eyes
and my ears screaming for the answers,
My body is holding back the cries
as the doctor speaks the word Cancer.
My future becomes unknown
as the killer is coming through
in my bodies combat zone
where there is nothing I can do.
Positivity is so hard to keep
when all your dreams are being crushed.
You can’t seem to put your fears to sleep
when your whole world must adjust.
Doesn’t cancer see,
before it attacks,
All the beauty
In the hearts that it cracks?
I’ll always stand strong
even though I’m what its trying to kill,
and i’ll see these scars lifelong
as a reminder of all I can fulfill.