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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.
Friday, September 27, 2002  

I was lazy yesterday and watched movies on cable I'd seen before - Accidental Tourist, Something to Talk About, and Miss Congeniality. Enjoyed them again on a rainy day. Today I'm doing laundry and cleaning. Also have some errands to run.

The rain stopped during the night but looks as if it might rain some more. It's supposed to be gone by afternoon anyway.

I'll be glad when my neck gets back to normal. It's going to take a long time. This lymphadema and the crater are still about like they were even though Dr. Burkey said that place is healing. I guess if this hadn't been avoidable, I'd feel better about it. If I'd had the necrotic tumors drained out with a needle, I wouldn't have had surgery. It wouldn't have become septic and I wouldn't have almost died too. Dr. Oh said that is what should have been done. Guess it's 20/20 hindsight now, though. Right? Doesn't do much good to think about it that way but to learn from it. I have learned from it!

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