Monthly Archives: March 2008

Daffodils in Amity, one year post-diagnosis

This is the story of how I ended up in stranger’s yard in the middle of a hail shower, happy Continue reading



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reason to celebrate :)

Did you know that last week was the first week in 54 that I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment?! Hallelujah.

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Breast cancer sailing retreat in the Caribbean

Remember all the times during treatment when I said I might just take off and go to the Bahamas instead? Check this out: Selah Sail. (So it’s the British Virgin Islands.  Close enough.) Oh I wish I’d known about this in time: Feb 2008 would have been a perfect time to go. The organization is new, here in Portland, and I found out about it through a counselor when I was on another retreat out at Menucha (sponsored by Cancer Care Resources). If you hear of other healing retreats, please let me know. I’m on the list for Casting for Recovery, and Harmony Hill was wonderful.

I have to say that I love having meals prepared for me (happy to help as well), and eating in a social setting. And walking to meals, and sitting by fires. And being outside. All very relaxing, on a deep level.

Also worthy of mention is the Quest Center‘s Eating to Beat Breast Cancer class -vegan cooking at it’s very very best. Enjoying that one thoroughly.

If one has to deal with the ickiness of cancer, there have got to be perks, right?! 🙂 🙂


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After cancerland :)

from a friend in the UK, responding to me:

” ‘Picking up the pieces after cancer’ must be a very difficult thing to do (says me, who knows nothing) but you know what, it’s a wonderful thing to read. You are PICKING UP and it’s AFTER. Continue reading


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phone #s I know by heart

In this land of one-touch pre-programmed dialing, there are few phone #s that I know by heart. Continue reading

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it’s all right, baby, it’s all right

realize that a year and two days ago your niece tried to tell you that you had cancer. before the mammogram people even called. before there was any way to “know.” ponder this. wonder how we know what we know, Continue reading

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