Sometimes writing is your only way out - and the only way out is through. That's how I felt when I wrote the poem "Caregiver Burnout" - about my experience caregiving for my mother. I lost mom to cancer in 2007, but as she often told me, writing can save your life, heal your soul, and change your perspective.
On February 5, 2013, The New York Times profiled the upcoming book The Cancer Poetry Project 2, which features my poem "Caregiver Burnout."
To preorder The Cancer Poetry Project 2, please go here and select "Book Two" in the order form. It's an extraordinary project and a wonderful cause.
I've been a writer for ten years - and I was mom's main caregiver for two years. Caregiving to an ill parent is difficult, but when I look back on the times spent with my mother as she neared the end of her journey, I know that I experienced a once-in-a-lifetime lesson in love.
To be included in Karin Miller's acclaimed Cancer Poetry Project has been a dream come true for me - on many levels. Not only is it an honor to be included in a book that was profiled in The New York Times, but I'm thrilled that my poem "Caregiver Burnout" is just one poem in an extraordinary book of poems designed to bring comfort and humor to those dealing with cancer.
Thank you for being a part of my journey and for allowing me to share yours.