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Now! Don't Wait!
Now! Don't Wait! Times with family members are irreplaceable and the stuff my happiness is made of. Now I try to make these opportunities rather than wait for them to happen. I want to hang on to the feelings of my new life - it's a fresh start. I work at keeping these thoughts and feelings close to the surface of my mind, readily available when things don't go well. Going through a bone marrow transplant in 1987 changed the way I look at my life. Of great importance to me now are my priorities: my fami...
Inspirational Poems
Inspirational Poems My Seventh Friend He left, and I felt loved! My first friend came and expressed his shock by saying, "I can't believe that you have cancer. I always thought you were so active and healthy." He left, and I felt alienated and somehow very "different." My second friend came and brought me information about a variety of cancer treatments. He said, "Whatever you do, don't take chemotherapy. It's a poison!" He left, and I felt scared and confused. My third friend came and tried to answer m...
Remission… What Then?
Remission… What Then? Remission is a strange word. I never use it. Bad omen, I think. I don't truly believe that there is remission in cancer, just waiting. Waiting for whatever comes next. Could be a long time or a short time, waiting nonetheless. Webster's defines remission, as, number one: reduction of a prison sentence based on good behavior. That fits, I think. Then, number two: remitting of a debt or penalty. That sort of fits, too, in a perverse, analytical way. Then there's number three: diminut...