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Most dramatic lymphoma posts are from June 2002 - February 2003 archives.

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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Monday, August 19, 2002  

Everything is great!! Dr. Spigel said my white count was actually too high (from the shot) and that I couldn't get an infection now if I tried to. I lost some weight too which I think was from the week before and the Prednisone keeping the swelling down this last week. I'm sure it will fluctuate. He thinks treatment is going well and answered all my questions and listened really well. I do like him and feel very good about having him for my oncologist. That first week when I had that fever, nothing was OK, so don't pay attention to what I wrote then about a lot of things. I felt awful.

I still feel good. All of this is going to work out. I just feel tired and all from not getting enough good sleep.

10:31:00 AM

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