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(Sometimes from the darkness of the night come words of insight and wisdom. Steve Fass wrote the following poem one night as he anticipated his daughter’s scan.)

A Sleepless Night
By: Steven J. Fass

Tomorrow our lives could change again,
Forever…forever…
Will the scan be clear, will the tumor return,
Now…or never? …

Tomorrow we’ll sit while the bangs and clicks
Surround us…engulf us…
Staring down the tunnel, waiting for the films
That free us…or damn us…
The probation could last for another four months,
Or find us retreating behind the false fronts
That we take out tomorrow to hide the anguish
Around us…within us…

Tomorrow our lives could continue on course
Or falter…get altered…
It’s amazing to think that one simple test has
Such power…such impact…
To the world around us the test dates come
One after another, eventually numb
To the fact that tomorrow could leave us again
Bewildered…off kilter…

Tomorrow we hope that the treatments have helped
Change things…delay things? …
Are there further treatments that we can survive
Do we want them? … can we stand them? …
Has the cancer been killed; does it lie there in wait?
Will it show up tomorrow, or some much later date?
Tomorrow a crossroads, or merely a rest stop
On a journey…to eternity…

Tomorrow our lives could change again
Forever…forever…
Tomorrow our world could be turned upside down
Tossed asunder…it’s no wonder…
That we dwell in the past, trying to recall the way
That we made it through "tomorrow"
When it was yesterday
And why we hope to face "tomorrow" again and again
Forever…forever…


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Maintaining hope is not always easy. In times of crisis, you may need extra support and encouragement from your family, your health care team, and other survivors of brain tumors. Here are some resources that may help you maintain a positive outlook.