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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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Messages all around us.

And may the odds be ever in your favor. -Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games The wind chill is -22F here today. Schools are closed, the kids are home. I’ve kept a pot of lightly-cinnamon-ed water simmering on the stove all … Continue reading

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When even the beautiful stuff feels like shit.

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.  -Elizabeth Kubler Ross Let me just put it out there. I have … Continue reading

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Life holds such beauty even [especially] in the face of pain.

Nothing speaks louder than your heart. Listen to what it’s telling you.  –Georgia Cates, Beauty from Pain There’s a place I occasionally visit on the Buffalo waterfront. It’s usually quiet during the morning hours. There are views of the river, a … Continue reading

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Small acts of kindness. An ode to Roswell Park.

I’m a big believer in acts of kindness no matter how small.                    -Liam Neeson So my surgery was 2 days after Christmas. Some (including, occasionally, me) would question the timing. Isn’t … Continue reading

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