Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Brave & Generous Kayleigh

This post is dedicated to a brave, strong woman, Kayleigh, who has taken us with her on her journey: discovering she has breast cancer. From the moment she had her mammogram until recently finding out she needs to have a mastectomy, and possibly chemotherapy and radiation therapy, she has unselfishly and generously kept us updated on her blog Fashionably Later.

On top of having to deal with learning, in less than a month, that she has cancer, requires surgery and treatment, as a nursing mother, Kayleigh is also faced with having to wean her young son, Daniel. In learning of her pain and torment, I could only offer her my words so, I wrote the following poem:

Still your Mama

From the moment of conception
They prepare for you
They tingled, they ached
Readied to nurture you

Thick pearl-like colostrum
Rich in nutrients, high in energy
More suckling, more milk
Before long there was plenty

I fed you, you suckled
I nurtured you dear
You were near to me
Close to me
Over twelve months and a year

And, after all this is done
Please rest assured, that
I’m your Mama, Meggie’s Mama
Not one who is new

Our routine will continue
Your place near my heart
Lay your head on my arm
Touch my hair, close your eyes.

Kayleigh is not only a beautiful, stylish lady, she is also a talented writer and has two other blogs: 1000 words each day and Miscellaneous Brain Music.

Please pray, meditate or offer what words you can at this time to Kayleigh and her family.

Copyright: Mervat @ The Writing Instinct


Kim said...

What a beautiful poem to your friend. My heart truly goes out to her as a new mother. I look forward to getting to know her through her blogs.

Lisa said...

beautiful- she is in my prayers

Suko said...

I read some of her posts--she's a very talented writer. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mervat your poem is a lovely tribute to your friend.

Natalie said...

Mervat, you are a lovely and sensitive friend. Sending love and prayers to Kayleigh and her family, and a hug, as always, to you..xx♥

La Belette Rouge said...

This is such a beautiful poem and tremendous honouring, Mervat. I am sure Kayleigh is going to be extremely touched. I know I am.

Jane said...

I have been following Kayleigh's story and have been overwhelmed by her bravery. Your beautiful words will provide some comfort at a terrible time.

Warren Baldwin said...

A great poem on its own, but doubly so as a touching tribute to your friend.

notSupermum said...

What a caring and generous friend you are Mervat. Kayleigh is indeed an amazing woman.

Kayleigh said...

Darling Mervat and all you lovely commentors...

Thank you so much again for this achingly beautiful poem. For those that don't know, sweet Mervat emailed it to me and asked my permission before posting this -- to which I replied she had ultimate carte blanche any time, I trusted her as a dear friend and admire her immense talent both.

And seeing it here and reading what you wrote about it makes it even more special to me, if that is even possible.

Your words are a gift, Mervat, not just to me...but to all. Thank you from the depths of my heart for sharing this with me and placing it here for so many to enjoy it's heartfelt message. It does give me great comfort to know someone understands so well what I have been going through.

And again, to all you commentors here, I say thank you, I am blessed by your support and caring.



Mervat said...

I would like to thank each and every one of my friends who took the time out to comment here. I really appreciate your kind words and sentiments. And, to Kayleigh, you are so very welcome. It is the very least I can do, my friend.

With much love and best wishes to you all,


Such touching words dear...
Kayleigh is touched & that's most important!

♥ Braja said...

so tender...

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh no. So sad. I am going to pray for Kayleigh right now. I don't know if I am brave enough to go over to her page right this second, but I will bookmark this page for another day when I can handle the sadness!

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