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A tribute to my mother in law Mrs. Eleanor McBride


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I wrote this poem for my precious mother in law who lost her battle with colon cancer. I wanted everyone that did not have the pleasure of knowing her before her illness that she was so much more than that, and so are you. I hope you enjoy it.


My name is Eleanor

I have cancer, but it is not who I am.
I am not a number or the result of a
lab test.
My name is Eleanor
I am a baby at my mothers breast.
I am a toddler being thrown high in
the air by my father and giggling.
I am a young girl playing with my
dolls and my trucks.
I am a teenage girl going on my
first date full of nervous anticipation. 
I am graduating high school and
trying to figure out what next. 

I am a young woman walking down
the aisle with the love of my life.
I am an employee and a homemaker
I am a new mother.
I love my family, my friends, roses, cooking
and reading.
I love watching sappy old movies and
going through a box of tissues while
munching on popcorn.
I love to dance and sing.

I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister,
a granddaughter,a niece, an aunt, I am
a grandmother and a great grandmother.
I am all of these things and more but what
I am not is a disease.
I have cancer and it may destroy my body
but it cannot touch my spirit or my soul.
So you see although my body may have cancer it does
not have me.
My name is Eleanor. 

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