Vol 16, No 4 (2009)

Cover Page

Wishes and Kisses
Pastel by a Family Member, Friend or Caregiver
United States

I wonder today, was there a life she wanted instead?
Did she want to stand by my side,
To sit with me on Disney World rides,
To kiss my bald head?

I wonder today, did I really understand?
Why I differed from my peers,
The reasons for the stares,
And how lucky I was to hold her hand?

No one demands a sister love her brother, Expect her to be endlessly patient, And never ask for another.

It’s no wonder, today, now a proud mother,
Why her baby is attached to her so,
A pouty-face donned whenever she goes,
Because my sister has an incredible spirit,
And the wisdom of kindness and humility, although she won’t hear it.

In small moments, like a hand and hand walk,
A pinch of the cheek, or a sis to bro talk,
She made me feel normal,
Like an everyday guy.

This picture used to make me cry,
But today, I look at it and nostalgically sigh.
For I will remember forever,
Because of her,
How wonderful life can be.

The pastel artwork on the cover of this issue is entitled “Wishes and Kisses” and was an entry in the 2008 Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey Art Competition and Exhibition.

 Oncology on Canvas was created by Eli Lilly and Company as a way to honour the journeys people take when confronted with a cancer diagnosis. The program invited people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends, cancer advocates, healthcare providers, as well as artists and art students to express, through art and in narrative, their own cancer journeys.

All winners were awarded a monetary donation to the cancer charity of their choice.

The rich and enduring collection of art is travelling the world and continues to touch the hearts and minds of people everywhere.

Current Oncology is committed to the Canadian oncology community as well as oncology communities around the world. We are pleased to help raise awareness of this great program created by Lilly. Current Oncology will be selecting a new artwork for each cover from previous and upcoming competitions.