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Fresh Ink: Freedom Is A Place Inside Me

We are proud to share the work of our Cactus Cancer Society community writers here on our blog, including this piece, which is part of a series entitled Fresh Ink.

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“Courage,” by Adrienne Courtois

Courage is in everyone’s hearts. 

Courage likes to dance with her friends. 

Courage lives at home with a patio right outside. 

Courage is related to love, hope, and strength. 

Courage is friends with humility, honor and family. 

Courage looks like a free open sky waiting to be captured. 

Courage and I fought cancer together. 

Courage doesn’t shame anyone. 

I tell courage to hear me roar.

Courage tells me to be brave. 

Courage wants me to say I am beautiful. 

Courage is my hero. 

Adrienne “ADawg” Courtois is a soft tissue sarcoma born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. She is an artist, poet, dancer and thriver and survivor through and through. Adrienne is a Saint Louis University graduate and cancer research undergraduate student in physics!