Under Our Skin, Too;Breast Cancer Around the World- For Ahou

*Painting by Eric Larkin

My daughter was born on a Thursday, in Cote d’Ivoire into the Akan group of the Baoule.  Though my husband and I had already decided to name our first child Sojourner after the indomitable Sojourner Truth, we had decided her middle name would be the traditional name designated for the day of the week in which she would be born.  There was one caveat; if she was born on a Thursday, my husband was insistence that Sojourner would not be given the name of Ahou.  

 

For both us, names carried powers and omens of their own and my husband’s mother, who was named Ahou, had had such a difficult life.  And her ending was especially full of torment because she died of untreated breast cancer. My husband had witnessed her agonizing exit out of this world.  He did not want his daughter burdened by his mother’s history.

 

Our daughter was born on a Thursday. And though Sojourner does not carry the name of her paternal grandmother-Ahou-, she is every bit the feisty, proud person that her maymay was. Ahou, Ahou, Ahou…

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I invite my readers to consider women in other parts of the world and uninsured women here,in the United States, who have no access or very limited access to healthcare
that could save their lives.

 

I wrote the poem-Homesick Spirits- in memory of my mother-in-law and those traditional healers who, in the face of unfamiliar and rapacious challenges like breast cancer, are undeterred in their search for a cure. You may read this poem on my blog-Eyes on the World: 

http://omcbride-ahebee.blogspot.com/

 



 



                                                                                  

Views: 11

Tags: Around, Breast, Cancer, Poetry, World, the

Comment

You need to be a member of She Writes to add comments!

Join She Writes

Latest Activity

Sonja Benskin Mesher posted a blog post

. radio .

two voices, softly said, “yes” they cannot understand the numbers nor find their families.sbm.…See More
1 hour ago
Dera R Williams commented on the blog post 'What Are E-Books Worth?'
"I will not purchase an ebook for the same price for the print version. I just go ahead and purchase the printed edition.  Otherwise I choose to pass. I think $9.99 from a major publisher is too much. As an author I would not  my rexpect my…"
1 hour ago
Why There Are Words posted an event
Thumbnail

Why There Are Words Literary Reading at Studio 333 Art Gallery

January 8, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
Why There Are Words celebrates five years of presenting fabulous readings by fabulous authors. Join us on this momentous occasion, as we kick off the beginning of our 6th year on January 8 at Studio 333 in Sausalito. Doors open at 7pm; readings…See More
6 hours ago
Joyce Evans-Campbell commented on the blog post '[REALITY CHECK] The Trials and Tribulations of an Authorpreneur by Liz Gelb-O'Connor'
"Great job, Liz. I learned a whole lot now I'll have to put in practice. You've proved you have the gusto, strength, and everything else."
6 hours ago

Members

Badge

Loading…

© 2014   Created by Kamy Wicoff.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service