Life As I Know It

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Okay this is just a quick, stupid, ill thought out poem. It's personal for Labyrinth because she will understand. The rest of you can ignore this one, but I'll leave that up to your judgement.

Another day in the hospital again.
Life is becoming all needles and pain.
This cancer is killing me, literally.
While driving me completely insane.

There is one thing making me happy.
Preventing life from being too shabby.
Keeping me going, full well knowing,
I'll get a response from my gal Labby.

Copyright © 2015 W.C. Bell; All rights reserved.


Submitted: September 14, 2015

© Copyright 2022 Whiskey Charlie. All rights reserved.

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Jack Motley

Whisssskey! Oh man, don't go! You've got so much more to give to the world!

This makes me so sad to hear. I didn't even know until I backtracked on Labyrinth's profile page and found your comment.

I was just thinking of you today, wondering what was become of 'ol Whiskey Charlie. I have no idea what to say except I really loved your stories and will always be a fan.

~Jack

Mon, September 14th, 2015 11:07pm

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Thanks for the kind comments, Jack. For a year and a half, I have been fighting a mystery illness. From the get go, the doctors were suspicious, but they lacked proof. The diagnosis came in the day I wrote the story "Beryldine" based on the lab report. Since then, I have been undergoing a seemingly endless battery of tests to determine the best course of action. They have stuck me with so many needles that I wear long sleeve shirts to cover the wounds lest I get stopped by a cop for being a junkie.

Mon, September 14th, 2015 4:34pm

Adrian Hunt

Shit Whiskey, this poem's about you?! I dunno what to say, really. I just deleted my comment twice because nothing seems to work. I know that I don't really know you as such, but the whole Brummie connection and the HMS Belfast thing, you're like, my 'Uncle Charlie' from across the pond! I hope that you don't think I'm prying (tell me to get lost if you like!) but do you have any results yet? I'm seriously crossing my fingers for you mate...

Mon, September 14th, 2015 11:59pm

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For privacy reasons, I don't want to go into too much detail. I have mesothelioma, the cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a legacy from my Navy days spent in the engine rooms of steam ships. The doctors are running tests to determine where to go from here. Frankly, the long term prognosis is "poor". Nevertheless, I am hanging in there, giving it my best shot. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Adrian.

Mon, September 14th, 2015 5:12pm

Adrian Hunt

Fair enough, Whiskey. Wishing you the very best ????

Tue, September 15th, 2015 12:21am

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Thanks, Adrian.

Mon, September 14th, 2015 5:47pm

Labyrinth Black

Aw, Charlie. I don't really know what to say... I really want to hug you right now. I'll send you virtual one, but it's not as good *hug* When life gets bad, just remember: there is a girl all the way over in the UK just waiting to see your comments and works and read requests appear on her page ^_^
Wishing you happiness with all my heart,
Labby xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
X.

Tue, September 15th, 2015 4:38pm

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Thank you, Labby. Please remember that it is not a tragedy when an old man gets sick. That's life. It is a tragedy when it happens to a child. Anyway, for as long as I am able, I'll keep smiling.

Tue, September 15th, 2015 10:08am

Vance Currie

Nothing I can say will make things better for you Charlie. Like Adrian, I don't really know you - and yet in a way I do. I have learned a lot about you through your stories and comments, and I like what I have learned. I wish you well, my friend. ~ Joe

Tue, September 15th, 2015 9:21pm

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Thanks, Joe. There really isn't much anybody can say or do in a case like this. It is what it is, and one must play the hand they are dealt in life. My major complaint with the medical profession is that it hasn't found an alternative to continually sticking needles into patients' veins. Maybe if they could permanently install a blood port like they do pacemakers, they wouldn't have to stick you over and over and over.

Tue, September 15th, 2015 3:03pm

B Douglas Slack

Cancer caused me to lose a kidney, but, luckily, I have a spare. I may not be as lucky the next time. I'm hoping there isn't a next time, but at 73, one never knows. Hang in there, Charlie. ~Tom

Tue, September 29th, 2015 2:55pm

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Cancer is definitely not cool, Tom, and mesothelioma is one of the ones with a poor survival rate. Anyway, it's one day at a time for me at this stage.

Tue, September 29th, 2015 9:06am

Bert Broomberg

Great poem. I hope wou will be around for long time to come. I have just discovered your writing, and I like what I have read sofar. Don't give up the struggle to survive, and get as much joy out of writing as you can. Judging by the comments, you have struck a chord in many people.

Wed, October 28th, 2015 6:29pm

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Thank you, Bert. This cancer fight is a new and frightening horror that reared its ugly head recently, and Labyrinth Black has been especially supportive during my troubles. I wrote this to acknowledge my appreciation for her being there when I need it most.

Fri, October 30th, 2015 7:06pm

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