Martha Haley's "How"

Many viewers have asked for a copy of the poem "How" spoken by Martha Haley in the film. Here is the full poem:


How can I fight you, when you insist on sneaking up on me?

How can I hide you, for everywhere I go you try to find me?

How can I see myself as a "woman" when you insist upon disfiguring me?

How can I look at my daughter, sister and friend and wonder are you
going to hurt them also.

How can I walk straight, when try to ripple through my bones?

How can I wake up when you try to tell me there's no need to get up?


I can because even though you sneak up on me, I know your there,
that's why the fight isn't over.

And why would I hide from you, seeing how you go out of your way to find me.

And I can still see myself as a woman, "Because" it's not what you
have done that defines my "Womanhood". I am a "Woman" by

God's Creation only and no one can take that away.
And I can look at my daughter, sister and friend, because as long as
they see the fighter in me, they too will be fighters.

And when you try to brittle my bones I still can walk straight, for
the road to recovery is just straight ahead.

And "YES" I can get up, because there's one thing you can't take from
me and that's the ability to be a "Survivor".

Written By Martha Darlene Liddell Haley

Breast Cancer Survivor


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