Tea, poetry and breast cancer

8 year breast cancer survivor

Today, I celebrate 8 years being cancer free. My breast cancer was detected in July 2005 during a routine mammogram. Early detection can save lives – please be diligent with attending your mammogram apppointment.

A couple of years ago, I discovered this poem by Londoner Jo Shapcott that on this day in particular expresses my thoughts and feelings about the whole thing to a tea:



This tea, this cup of tea, made of leaves,
made of the leaves of herbs and absolute

almond blossom, liquid touchstone which lets us
scent its true taste at last and with a bump,

in my case, takes me back to the yellow time
of trouble with blood tests, and cellular
madness, and my presence required

on the slab for the surgery, and all that mess
I don’t want to comb through here because
it seems, honestly, a trifle now that steam

and scent and strength and steep and infusion
say thank you thank you thank you for the then, and now


– Jo Shapcott
From  Ten Poems about Tea
Candlestick Press



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  1. Denise, I’m so glad you had a happy outcome as have some of my cousins and friends who, like you, benefited from early detection. All the best, Jean

  2. Just the right poem to post today. I am so happy for you and early detection.
    A dear friend was told to get a mammogram and waited 9 months before following up, she didn’t make it. So I am always happy for those that follow up immediately.

    • Denise LeCroy says:

      Thanks Marilyn. I’m sorry about your friend. Actually, just a few minutes after I published my post, I decided to change my sentence from ‘Early detection saves lives’ to ‘Early detection can save lives’. Everyone’s situation is different and the decisions we make are made for reasons only known to us. All we can do is hope for a cure. x

  3. What a great reason to celebrate! Everyday should be a celebration and sometimes it takes a terrible situation to make us realize it. I wish you continued good health and hope your post encourages many women to take that first step towards wellness!

    Debs x

  4. Wow, i don’t know that you have a cancer, and now I read it been 8 years. This is huge, i wish you next 8 years.

  5. I celebrated 10 years with stage 3b breast cancer this past April. I am so blessed. And blogs like yours bring joy to my heart.
    Wishing you a day filled with love, joy, peace and laughter

  6. KarenP (Wisconsin) says:

    Oh Denise! What cause for celebration!!! Congratulations! That must have been a very scary time in your life (I cannot even begin to imagine the darkness then) but so nice to see such joy, happiness and fulfillment in your life today. You are a ray of sunshine in everyone’s life! xx

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