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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 30, 2002  

Brian said yesterday that my posts were more mundane now which is a good thing. He said it's a relief to read that I watched some movies and took a nap instead of that I almost died. This is true! I keep feeling better and having more energy. The only thing that bothers me are the hard, lumpy lymphadema places in my neck that make it so stiff and uncomfortable. Changing the bandages is routine, but I'll be glad when all of this is over and my neck is more normal again. I guess this will take a while, but I'm on sick leave and have time to devote to healing.

Mother is staying home today and getting things done there, so we'll go to lunch tomorrow before my appointment with Dr. Spigel at 2:00. I don't know what I'd have done without her taking such good care of me when I felt so bad. Now she can get back to her life but still do things with me now and then. We like the lunch outings.

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