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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 09, 2002  
Visit From Dr. Burkey

Dr. Burkey visited Mom while I was on the phone with her tonight. He is the head of the surgical team that operated on her (Dr. Oh actually performed the surgery). Dr. Burkey confirmed that the surgery went really well and that Mom would only have to clean the area a couple of times a day with soap & water and hydrogen peroxide once she is home. A home health care person will stop by for several days once Mom is home.

Mom reports that her dinner last night was awful. The following breakfast was all right and the lunch today was interesting. She was served turkey and dressing and cranberry jello . Her comment was, "I've been in here longer than I thought."

9:15:00 PM

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