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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 September 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 9 NEWS face of adversity person. I needed to reach out for help but the bloody thing is that I did not know how. I did reach out; to an ex-military mate who helped me cope, and that was Phil Buttigieg, whose origins were from Malta. I don't know why I selected Phil but he shared with me that he had also experienced being gravely ill and that he had memorised a poem when he was in hospital. It was by Rudyard Kipling. My favourite verse is this: "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!" In memory of cobber Digger mates who have battled and fought cancer I wrote the following poem from the heart, early in the morning, and I shared it on social media. The Cancer Warrior Within O warrior within, let thy battle begin Fight those demons that dwell within Unfurl the flag and ready the lancers Let fly the shot like a deathly dancer Let not the hordes of hell who crave for more Quench thy will from opening survivals door Allow the pain to be thy guide as you meander Throughout the battlefield you stumble and founder It matters little the battle name for your type of cancer And place much faith in your selected necromancer Holdfast your organs intact and not let them loose Until victory becomes certain and you cannot lose Remember that your creator whoever he may be Will embrace you when you have lost all hope of thee Even though you look like a mere bag of bones Your will and only your will to live will drown out the groans Go forth and arm yourself with your chosen weapons of war Come close to your cancer and defeat the bastard once more Then rest and allow the physicians of war rearm you To defend your body against the remaining cancer few Hold on and hold fast your values and the will to live Against all odds survive your cancer and have more to give Warrior within, let thy battle begin and fight your cancer within Cherish and live long enjoying your life from now on in We now reach the point where a decision is made to allow me to go home. The effects of [the treatment] is that the immune system is depleted to almost zero, which effectively bars any contact with visitors. The first night, I did not want to come home, despite all the good work my wife had done. I was and continue to be irritable at times; I was used to the hospital routine and felt unease at home. On top of all that, I became angry, aggressive in my behaviour as I wanted to be independent and not a burden to others. I had always prided myself on not having to rely on others. Slowly but surely I became used to the idea of being home and back into a normal routine as much as I could. Those who have gone through the experience will know that the following side effects are normal, such as: vomiting, lethargy, forgetfulness, tingling of fin- Flowers for a beautiful woman. Yovanna has stood by my side for 15 years. gers and toes, inf gers and toes, inf weight and hair loss, irritability, anger, depression, grief and moments of being on a roller coaster. At one stage, my lovely wife and I went for a walk around the block and I asked that I be left alone while I walked to the local shops. She said that she wanted to go with me and as normal couples do, a robust discussion took place before I went off by myself, stubborn as ever. What my wife didn't know is that I wanted time to purchase a gift and card for her as our 15th year's anniversary was approaching. I wish to pay a very special tribute to my lovely wife, Yovanna for her support and I love you very much. To my boys, David, Paul, Matthew and Mark, thank you for being there. To my political cobbers, mates, and the Australian Hellenic community, I thank you. To my committee of management at the Pallaconian Brotherhood - Leonidas, I thank you and embrace you, as Aussie Laconians who during my presidency never wavered in their support, and for being there for me when I needed you. To those who gave me support, encouragement and the courage to keep going, I can truly say that your blood is worth bottling. We now face another four months of the same treatment and one can only look out for the worst and hope for the best. * This is an edited extract from an article Peter Adamis wrote earlier this month published online. You can follow Peter on Twitter: @Abalinx View from the bedroom - the old tattered Aussie symbol still flying.
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