The Interview - A Poem

"This poem was written in honor of Carol Hochberg after watching her being interviewed on the Charlie Rose television show. (1998)

Carol was deeply involved in a Race for the Cure but never reached the finish line.

The Interview

The Doctor, the reporter and she

She asks her questions intelligently

She is direct, she is bright

She waits for them to shed some light

Her face could not be calmer

She wears it well, her suit of armor

But underneath her steadfast look

I can read her face like an open book

For she is me and I am she

We are sisters.

by Carol Novello (New York state)

Ann's NOTE: Carol Hochberg was an activist from NYC, involved with SHARE (self-help for women with breast or ovarian cancer), and National Breast Cancer Coalition. She retired as a stockbroker at the age of 40 and was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly thereafter.

She loved her neices and nephews very much. She was a friend of mine. We lost her in 1998.

Carol Novello lived on Long Island (New York) and was an advocate with SHARE. She gave talks to medical students to help them understand the 'patient' perspective. She had advanced breast cancer and was a friend of mine until her death in 2003. Cancer sucks!

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