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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.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002  
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I'm having my crackers and Prednisone. Hope it kicks in and helps more than it has been. Mother is coming over to vacuum and do some things for me this morning. That will help.

One of the women on the Yahoo Group said she went through this exact thing with her neck. Her doctor also told her she'd have to have radiation if it didn't go down, but it did in about a week. Le'ts hope this does sooner. There are people from all over the world on that list but most are from the US and Canada. One man said that he had night sweats really bad during chemo too. That seems to go with it.

I don't have such a great attitude. I'm enduring this and hoping it gets better. Not too many people go through chemo without feeling really bad.

7:35:00 AM

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