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Amen to Donors

“I donated blood again today, Mom.  Now – I’m up to four pints.  I could have saved your life”, my daughter explained  to me yesterday. “Not quite.  Mom needed 6 pints, Katya”, my husband added. “What?” “Yes.  Four during surgery … Continue reading

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The best way to spend a life sentence is to live

“How does one say thank-you”, I asked my surgeon, Dr. Bernardini, at the post-surgery appointment today at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. I wished so dearly that he could see the words and emotions that were so firmly stuffed  into … Continue reading

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Water! I want water!

I was not too happy with her at first.  After-all, when I was so terribly thirsty I really just wanted some water. Susan, my nurse at Toronto General, would have no part of it.  “I will give you some ice … Continue reading

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The Moving Finger writes..

The Moving Finger wrote: “Live on”. And what words can I write to describe what it feels like to be granted the potential for an old age?  What words can I write to express the relief I feel, yet, at … Continue reading

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Baby Steps

One step forward and two steps back It’s the physical tenacity that I lack Sleep, sleep, and ever more sleep My anesthetic slumber, I want no more to keep One step forward and two steps back Drawn to tear and … Continue reading

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On learning my limit and playing within it…

Oh boy. I did too much. What the heck?! How was I to know?  One day you wake up and are fully functioning and the next you are in a hospital bed – not able to sit up. I am … Continue reading

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A Stitch in Time Saves…..57 Others?

“You’re my new hero!” exclaimed the nurse practitioner when I rose from her examining table.  Okay, I didn’t really rise – it was more of an awkward roll/ straddle/ lift by Kevin. How can “I” be the hero when it … Continue reading

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Now I lay me down to sleep…

“….I pray the Lord my soul to keep.   And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.” I remember this verse from when I was a child.  It was in a little blue … Continue reading

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Thank-you, Bruce Cockburn

The sun shines through my window and cascades onto the blanket, yet I don’t feel it in my heart. I can see the crispness in the air – yet I don’t feel it in my soul. Neither warmth nor cold … Continue reading

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The longest two week wait …. ever!

“My friend had cancer.  She had surgery and then more chemo  – but she died.” “Oh.  I’m so sorry.” Why do people feel the need to tell me the bad news stories?  There are certain times when it is okay … Continue reading

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