Selma Mann is a breast cancer survivor and Race team captain for Mann Up #1865. Read her poem to learn more about her inspiring journey. You can also donate to Selma’s team by checking out her team page.
I’ve had my breasts forever,
As long as I recall
At first just small brown circles
Snug and flat on my chest wall.
Around the time of puberty
They really grew a lot
I was bewildered and amazed
The boys thought I was hot.
I must admit I liked the cleavage
And how good they felt to touch
They were just the perfect size
Not too little, not too much.
When my two babies were born
A new chapter was begun
The breasts were nourishing and nurturing
Instead of just for fun.
The years were kind and gentle
They stayed perky with no slack
Unless, of course, I happened
To be lying on my back.
I loved them and was grateful
For the many joys they carried.
My husband never ceased admiring them
The whole time we were married.
Then one sad night my true love died
And they really missed his gaze.
They didn’t like the grief world
that had filled too many days.
Another story waited
Cancer sneaked in unannounced
Would ensure it could be trounced..
The night before the surgery
I held them one by one
I cried yet I was grateful
For we’d had a darn good run.
For the battle to be won
There simply was no issue
The cancer was removed
along with my breast tissue
New grief was layered over old
Yet step by step I walked right through
With love and family and friends
And my soul mate’s spirit too.
Sometimes it wasn’t easy
But I really hate to lose
So I focused on the gifts
And on finding my new muse.
There have been lots of poems
And butterflies galore
My breasts don’t just have implants
They have memories and more.
I have two lovely, perky breasts
Barbie comes to mind
and when I lie upon my back
They’re certainly more kind.
I’d take my old ones in a trade
But I didn’t have that choice
So I say “thank you” and each day
I remember to rejoice.
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