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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  

Short night again. Slept on the couch in the den sometime between 2:30 and 5:30 since I could get comfortable there. Sleeping and sweating seem to go together with this. Very yucky.

The more I think about radiation, the more I'm not sure I can handle it now. It's a gut reaction. This is already bad enough without adding to it. I'm not sure waiting would make much difference, but I'll talk to Dr. Spigel about it in the morning and do what he thinks is best. I go in for blood work tomorrow morning and to hear how things are going. I wish I could postpone it.

I'm going to Mother's for lunch today. If I don't feel like driving, someone will come get me. My niece Amy is here from Kansas City, so I'll get to see her.

8:11:00 AM

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