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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, October 21, 2002  

I picked up my CT scans to take to Dr. Matheny Friday and stopped in to see if Dr. Spigel would prescribe the MLD treatments. He said he would be glad to. This way I can get reimbursed by the insurance company if they approve it. I also wanted him to see how well they are working, and he said the lymphedema was much better and that there was definitely an improvement. I have more range of motion in my neck and can move it from side to side much farther now - after only four treatments! I'm impressed! It's not as much difference moving my neck up but will get there. This is very helpful.

He said to ask Dr. Matheny to call him Monday. He hasn't been able to talk to Dr. Burkey. I told him they were acting like men and not calling. He didn't think it was that funny but I told him I get to make those remarks occasionally.

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