August 25, 2021

How Dare You Judge Her.


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She has a drinking problem.

Care to know how she got it?

Let me enlighten you.

Blown colostomy bags,

Disappearing appetite,

Endless doctors appointments,

Risky, life-ending surgeries,

Rapid weight loss,

Terrifying mood swings,

Sleepless nights,

Pills, injections.

Empathetic faces of healthcare professionals

Who have seen this before

And know that he won’t make it.

Friends and family members of Him

Who act as if she should feel nothing

But gratitude for living here

In his house, “rent-free.”

And a dying love.

One so great it used to make her knees quake,

Now laying in a hospital bed,

Slowly, painfully, disappearing

Right before her eyes.

So the next time you want to come in here

And judge her for the choices she’s making,

May I remind you of this:

The only reason

Your friend,

Your father,

Has made it this far

Is because of her resilience.

How dare you judge her.

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