Shades of Pink


Dedicated to my beautiful mum, Patricia Kramer, a breast cancer survivor.

Please feel free to post names of  the  women in your world who have endured this disease.  It would be an honor for their names to grace this page. *




Shades of pink

Honor the suffering,

Solicit and celebrate healing.


Fuchsia, rose, crimson, salmon, baby-blush, coral,

One of those is my mum,

Another, your sister, his wife, a friend.


They didn’t go looking for the fight of their life,

But the storm came:

An urgent call,

Surgeons, stitches, ports, mistakes, fatigue, and pain,

Long days, therapies, sympathies,

The waiting and the wondering,

So many plans on hold.


It is an outright ordeal,

Though we color it with soft shades of pink.

Perhaps we know that

Pink wails AND whispers

In its radiant grace.


May it be a healing color-

Beauty that renews and rejuvenates,

Bringing strength and a smile

To the women of this world

Who must sail through the storm of cancer.


kpeterson   March 2013

* If you have trouble posting in the comment section, please email me their name at and I will post it for you, and breathe a prayer for them as I do.

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9 Responses to Shades of Pink

  1. My mum Kathryn Peterson was a breast cancer survivor.Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Diane says:

    Theresa Kratzer. My unconditionally loving mother in law. A woman who possessed the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

  3. Cheri Morecraft says:

    Kathy Merritt. My strong and courageous mom. 13 years later and she is still with us!

  4. My mother-in-law has lived safely for over 17 years since her breast cancer was diagnosed and treated. Her nick name is Sam. Nice idea to post this poem, Kerry! 🙂

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  5. Wendy West says:

    Karen Shelnutt, Karen Wheelhouse, Liz Mansfield, Teri Heitzman, Liz Boyd, Barb Lane, Margaret Huston, Joanne LePere, Francie Morris….

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