You – Diane Leopard

YOU changed my world but that’s not bad

In 2013 aged 49 I had treatment for breast cancer. Reflecting on my personal journey and the loss of loved ones  gave me the inspiration for this poem. 

Written shortly after my 5 year review, I had never written anything until these words flowed from my heart. My wonderful husband, family and friends have been a constant support. 

My treatment has gone well and I will always be grateful for the care I received at University Hospital North Midlands from all the breast care team.

I now deliver a thought provoking and original presentation using my own non-clinical photography and poetry – ‘Focus on Emotions’ to both medical staff and the general public to help people understand the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis. I am also an award winning complementary therapist, keen photographer and write as a guest blogger.

This poem is dedicated to all those who have been touched by cancer.

Here is also a link to an article published about my presentation and photography which may be of interest to you. 


YOU crept silently into my life

YOU came along without warning

No lights flashing, no sirens screaming

Are YOU real or am I dreaming?

YOU turned my world upside down

As only YOU can do

The lights went dim, my head was spinning

I didn’t know if YOU were winning.

YOU might stay

YOU might go

Do any of us really know

YOU made my days so cold and lonely

The tears I cried left me empty inside

But, what YOU didn’t know

Is that my world is filled with so much love

I was wrapped in a protective glove.

YOU changed my world but that’s not bad

For every day I feel so glad

The beauty that surrounds us all

Was waiting just outside the door

YOU held my life in your cold hand

But YOU gave my world a loving glow.

If YOU should ever call again

I’ll walk with YOU into the rain

But just for now we walk together

Your shadow never far away

YOU may come, YOU may go

YOU may take and YOU may hurt

BUT, just for now I want to say

Thank YOU for giving me a bright new day.

By Diane Leopard

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