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After Chemo (single)

by Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess

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After Chemo-Prologue

There is life after cancer surgery and chemotherapy.  It’s not the same life you had before cancer came.  There are “after affects”. After affects can be permanent nerve damage such as neuropathy, and lymphedema, (from lymph nodes being removed during surgery).  Other after affects can also impact other internal organs.  Going through chemotherapy tested my endurance. Pure love from Johnny, family, friends, and coworkers, helped me complete the process.

I had a rare and mostly deadly form of ovarian cancer.  Others I have known had other types of cancer. All types of cancer tests the affected person’s will, endurance, and mental health. The song “After Chemo” is dedicated to those who did not survive, and offers inspiration to those of us who are still here to live in the moment.  Half of the proceeds from this song will be donated to the American Cancer Society.


It’s Three in the morning - here I am
Up with pain in my feet and hands
A shot of vodka in my hot chocolate
All alone with an oxycodone

More sleep is what I want
Side affects stay to haunt
One long scar from a cut remains
Cancer removed with much pain

After Chemo - I must move on
Former life is now gone

Two more scars also tell
Where Chemo entered during this hell
Rounds of Chemo are now gone
But this battle is far from done

Like a soldier with fatigue
I fight a fear that is unseen
Days are lived with a spirit so strong
A shadow passes wide and long

After Chemo - I must move on
Former life is now gone

I wish I could be some place warm
Lie on a beach and fear no harm
Just hear the rush of rolling waves
Wash away all scars and pain

But for now are sleepless nights
There is no rest - resume the fight
Return to work - pay the bills
No time off - cannot be ill

After Chemo - I must move on
Former life is now gone

God knows what’s in my heart
I want to live and not depart
I love this life and I will
I’ll learn to live in the now


released September 10, 2018
Written by Jacqueline Cates
Vocals by Jacqueline Cates
Keyboards and arrangement by Johnny Burgess
Bass by Rich Nesbitt
Cover art a painting by Haley Hughes of Brooklyn NY. See more of Haley's art @ haleyhughespaintings.blogspot.com




Jacqueline Cates Johnny Burgess Tacoma, Washington

From Tacoma WA, Jacqueline & Johnny have collaborated writing songs since 2009. Jacqueline, formerly a technical writer and trainer for Carlson Marketing Inc, began writing lyrics for Johnny's style of music.
Johnny enjoys
composing and arranging the music for Jackie's lyrics.
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