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Possibility of Hope

Mom’s sick

The cancer’s back

Medical student mode engaged

Need answers, information

Ask questions

Symptoms? Labs? Imaging? Plan?

Not looking good


Mom’s sick

Need numbers

5-year survival rate

30%

Not looking good


Mom’s sick

She wants Thanksgiving dinner

But...COVID

Medical student mode engaged

Quarantine, meet outside

Masks on, No food

She says she has no fear

But I do


Mom’s sick

Can’t help it

I plan for the worst

Is this how patients’ families feel?

They always seem optimistic


But I train to know

Know all possibilities

How do I know the possibility of hope?

Mom’s sick

Medical school did not prepare me for this



By Alex Marlow


Alex Marlow is a 4th year medical student at the UCI School of Medicine, currently pursuing a MD/MBA. He plans on applying into Psychiatry residency this fall, and is interested in the use of art and writing as a creative outlet to help those with mental health struggles.

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itscaitliny
02 mrt. 2021

Wow, so many emotions wrapped up in this poem. There have been quite a few people in my life affected by cancer/serious medical conditions, so I resonate with the poem's overall theme. My favorite line is "How do I know the possibility of hope?" I'm not sure if this poem is based on true events, and if it is, my heart goes out to the author. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Alex Marlow
Alex Marlow
15 apr. 2021
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Hi, author (Alex) here!

Thank you so much for your comment! It means a lot. Yes, it's based on true events. This was a great opportunity to have an outlet to talk about a difficult year, made even harder.

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