Sometimes survival is receiving a medical diagnosis

Navigating your way across the rivers of medical jargon and procedures

And emerging on the other side.

Sometimes survival is experiencing the death of a loved one

Plodding through the longest days and darkest nights

And learning how to live again.

And sometimes survival is lying down at night

At the end of an ordinary difficult day

And whispering to noone in particular

I’m still here.

Karri Temple Brackett
May 6, 2023

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