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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.
Friday, October 18, 2002  

I had a treatment by Debbie Hicks today. She's a massage therapist who is also trained in manual lypmhatic drainage. She's had extensive and intense training in it. I'm going back tomorrow and will have to go a while. MLD is the only treatment for lymphedema and doesn't cure it but just manages it. Debbie thinks she can help mine since it's made some progress already and is only on one side of my neck. Neck and head edema are the most difficult to treat. This is a bigger deal than I thought until I starting reading about it.

Hope you all have a great weekend! The weather was gorgeous today, wasn't it?

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