A part of healing is taking back our management of our own health. – Cathy Nobil-Dutton Anyone who has had a diagnosis of cancer has spoken to their oncologis…
Loyal, strong, determined, resilient, compassionate, honest, and brave. Charles Frederick Porter II was born in Oxford England to an English mother with Jewish roots and an African American father from Annapolis, Md. Charles thrived in sports as well as academia and eventually received a full athletic scholarship to Duke University. Almost a decade later, in 2010, he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In May of 2015, he had a relapse.
Charles’ book, ‘Choose Your Path’, a collection of poems, was written during the last three to four years of being in remission and was being published two weeks after Charles received the news that his cancer had returned. His poetry reflects upon his life threatening challenges. This book is our October #CancerBookClub selection.
Love moves mountains
It is said that God is love
A powerful emotion
A driving force within
How is love created?
What’s the magic behind the word
It sparks up a flame
Imprinted on our souls
Without love life will die.
With love life is eternal
Love while we are living
There is no limit
I saw her crouched in an alley
Wearing a hat, sweater and sweat pants
Everything in tatters
Dirty from head to toe
Nowhere to go.
No sign of fear but desperation
As she puts on lip gloss
A pocket mirror reflects what used to be
A human in need
We can all relate to her.
We all need love
We can all give love
Charles graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology. He was also a star football player, heading for the NFL when he was sidelined by a spinal injury at the age of 23. Instead of sports, he turned his energy towards acting and writing, where he established a stunning resume of movies, commercials, modeling and film production.
In 2012 Charles was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. A stem cell transplant put him into remission, but in 2015 the cancer reappeared. He is currently receiving treatment and continuing to work.
You can read more about Charles at his website CharlesPorter.com
Charles is also an author. His books are available on Amazon:
Get to Know: Unlocking the Essence in You
Choose Your Path
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