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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, September 02, 2002  
Labor Day

Amy and Janelle came to get me. It was so good to get to see Amy and have a visit. She seems so happy and has the most wonderful husband, Chris. All of our children are doing well, married the right ones for them, and are fun to be around. I'm so proud of them all. We have a close, loving, supportive family. The cousins are the best, too!

I stayed at Mother's all afternoon. She just brought me back (with food). I slept on the couch most of the time and actually did get some sleep. I sweated more than usual but believe it's from the lower doses of Prednisone as I'm getting off of it. My neck is still really swollen and puffy and all kinds of colors - red, blue, purple, orange. I wonder if my white blood count is low and that's why I feel so wiped out. I'm looking forward to seeing Dr. Spigel tomorrow morning.

This has been one of my worst days as far as energy and strength.

6:50:00 PM

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