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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.
Wednesday, September 04, 2002  
Long Night

I think I saw every hour last night on the clock. I went from bed to couch to let pillows dry off. I'm really tired of this medicine smell. I tried to watch TV last night, but it got on my nerves. The swelling seems to be a little lower, so I hope it does that each day and moves on out. It feels sort of puffy and liquid in there now under my tightly stretched, discolored skin. During the night my temp was 101.5 and this morning it was 99.9.

I'll be glad when these shots do their thing. The Neulasta helped last time and increased my white blood cells. The Procrit will do that for the red ones. Chemo gets in the bone marrow and destroys them.

Hope everyone has a good day. Thanks for checking on me!

8:05:00 AM

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