Monthly Archives: January 2014

The no-cry zone.

“Rough patch.  Holding it together by a string and cried at work this morning.  So maybe that’s my authentic self coming through.”           -Me, in an email, November 7, 2013. Those who know me really well … Continue reading

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The gift of sister-friends.

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.           … Continue reading

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The gift of stranger-friends.

Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. -Blanche DuBois, “A Streetcar Named Desire” We all have them, don’t we? The people whom we know, though not terribly well; often we call them acquaintances. Sometimes they’re … Continue reading

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Shock and awe.

As far as I can tell, the cultivation of gratitude is the best weapon you can sharpen when facing a beast like cancer. It is the things you feel grateful for that define your life and keep you alive.   … Continue reading

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The sun will come out…

At the time of the winter solstice, December 21st, the sun rose here in Western New York at 7:17 am and set at 4:32 pm. Today, the sun rose at 7:19 am and set at 4:49 pm. Although it rained and … Continue reading

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When sleep is the only thing that matters

For those of us who’ve experienced life-changing events – cancer surgery, for example – it’s amazing to me how much restorative sleep actually is necessary. I’m not used to that, not one bit, and frankly, I’m not sure I like … Continue reading

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The serendipity of breast cancer – Part 3

One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.       -Clarissa Pinkola Estes I guess I’d say cancer causes storms, dunked-under-water-and-come-up-sputtering kinds of … Continue reading

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