A Primetown poem

A Primetown poem

Before the pandemic, just over one year ago

We were to meet up in Winnipeg, but now we all know

COVID-19 took over, and to keep us all safest

We cancelled our plans and stayed in our places

 

But the excitement remained and the partnership was strong

And we worked together to move this along

This idea to connect, inform, and empower

The possibilities were endless, the ideas grew “wow-er”

 

So Geoff, Karine, and YACC’s program team

got to work with our friends at CCMB

We all compiled notes and made some suggestions

To have those discussions that others won’t mention

 

Sex after cancer

And finding some answers

To help understand your feelings

Nia and Yoga

And letting shit go-a

Were sessions to help with the healings

 

Social time and chats

Trying creative hats

Nudged us outside of our comfort zones

We talked about brains

And discussed fitness gains

All without leaving our homes

 

From end-of-life care

to missing body hair

And where it all fits in survivorship

Disenfranchised grief

And “they don’t listen to me”s

On the Primetown ‘berg, that’s the tip

 

Mental health tools

And spirituality schools

Were some of the shared coping lessons

Finding your voices

And asserting your choices

All left us with lasting impressions

 

Family planning

Medical cannabis having

And facing our fears of recurrence

Community stories

Were never boring

From sharing there is no deterrence

 

Body image awareness

And “this isn’t fairness”

And chats with Suleika Jaouad

Helped us feel understood

And like maybe we could

Say so much through Zoom with a nod

 

Young adults and their peers

For the first time this year

Were joined by parents and guardians

Healthcare providers too

Made up the crew

And we can’t wait to do it again.

 

It’s not quite the same

To get to know you through names

In boxes on computers and phones

And we hope that one day

We might put them away

But for now, glad to have you from home

 

Stay in touch with new pals

And remember how

The information shared shed some light

On things that can help

Others and yourself

Through moments that aren’t quite so bright

 

To all the committees,

volunteers and presenters

Board members, employees, and sponsors

Attendees and viewers

Familiar and newer

Thank you for being a part of this conference.

 


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