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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.
Tuesday, October 15, 2002  

Today's appointment with Dr. Spigel was fairly uneventful which is what I prefer. He said no lymphoma showed up on the CT scan but yet somehow I still will have more chemo. He wants me to take a copy of the scans when I have my next appointment with Dr. Matheny. I'll see him next Friday and again in late November and then Dr. Burkey Dec. 2. I was supposed to see him yesterday but they changed it since he was going out of town. I go back to see Dr. Spigel in two weeks. He's been trying to get in touch with Dr. Burkey to see when I can resume chemo. I told him I was really scared and wanted to cry just thinking about it and thought that was probably normal after the experience I had. I asked him if he were anxious about it, and he said he was somewhat but knew he could control the dosage. Let's hope so this time!!

I just got home from a get-together with classmates. Jill (Southerland) Nesbitt organized it and did a great job with it. She is the heart and soul of the class and keeps us all informed about each other. Mary Alice Dillingham and her sister Nancy were visiting from Denver. It was good to see them again as well as others from our class. This is who was there. Hope I'm not forgetting anyone. Ree (Jones) and J. M. Ditmore, Raymond Matlock and his wife, Ronny Allen, Brenda (Eubank) Peeler, Sue (Daniel) and Donald Davis, Barbara (Spann) Weinstein, Beverly (Weems) Mitchell, June (Porter) Overton, Bennie Joyce Hayes, Howard Harbison, Wilburn Sesler, and Judy (Speight) Redden, who will want me to mention that she wasn't in our class but was friends with Mary Alice. It was a good evening and lots of fun. We're planning to get together every year on a casual basis and then still have reunions every 5 years. I've really heard from my former classmates since I've been sick (thanks to Jill for letting them know) and had cards, email, and calls. They are good people, and we have some shared memories from being in school together all those years. It means a lot.

11:16:00 PM

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