Trifextra 77 – We Shall Overcome


Nervously she twiddled her wedding ring as the consultant began.

Stage IV.

Her eyes began to water. Only briefly.

Not time yet for self pity.

This fight wasn’t over.

It was just beginning.


These 3words form my entry into the Trifextra 77 writing challenge.

This piece is dedicated to organisations such as Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care for their unrelenting attempts to find treatments and possible cures for this absolute brute of a disease. Please help them and others if you can.

31 thoughts on “Trifextra 77 – We Shall Overcome

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Thanks Ashley. Thought they were quite tricky words to fit together. For me it is important to try and make the three chosen words melt into the story and not appear too obvious. Tried to go for less obvious (where possible) uses of each word. Glad you liked it.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      Yes, stage was they key word for me. The others could fit in to most stories. The problem with stage was avoiding a cliche. It’s also quite a jarring word so needed to be coaxed into the prose in a subtle sort of way. That was the plan anyway!

    1. paulmclem Post author

      A small part of me feels guilty for using Cancer in my story. However, it’s simply what came to mind when I thought about the words “stage”. Hope people aren’t too upset.

    1. paulmclem Post author

      A lot of us will know someone like her. Some of us may even become her. This disease just seems to arbitrary at times. I don’t know the end of her tale. Perhaps there may be a follow up.

  1. barbara

    it’s a terrible diagnosis – well done. We have lost several in our family to breast cancer – and some other cancers. I am a kidney cancer survivor and a proponent for checking those mams, both ladies and gents. 🙂

    1. paulmclem Post author

      If my character shows the same fighting spirit you clearly had then she could well pull through. Touched that you chose to share those thoughts with me.


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