#24 Patience

#24 Patience

I came home two weeks ago! Today is the one-month mark since I was blessed with my new stem cells. I was able to send a heartfelt, de-personalized note of thanks to my 23-year-old donor who remains anonymous. If she agrees, which I hope she will, we can meet at the...

#23 Sandbox

#23 Sandbox

Alas, I emerge from the worst of the transplant times back to some semblance of myself. I will need to process many things like the role of suffering and the purpose of pain, but for today, I’d like to focus on getting along well in the sandbox. I think about all the...

#22 Whipping Up

#22 Whipping Up

A lesser-known offering at MGH is their Integrative Therapies Program. On my first day back, I let the staff know I’d like access to it all: Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Massage, Acupressure, Art Therapy, Music Therapy. Why not? I have already reframed my central line...

#21 Rainbow Blessings

#21 Rainbow Blessings

 The list of things a rainbow might signify runs long and reads like feel-good-about-it all dime store psychobabble: acceptance, new beginnings, harmony, happiness, hope, inspiration, integration, love, luck, joy, transformation. Let’s not even get started with equity...

#20 Hawks

#20 Hawks

Many of us who live in the country have our lives punctuated by sightings of wild things. We like to think we’re civilized, eating with a spoon, paying our bills, opening the door for a friend, but then a row of bats is dangling from near the front door gutter, or a...

#19 Fair Weather Friend

#19 Fair Weather Friend

Dear Friends and Family, Wow, it’s been a month since I posted any information about my current state of affairs! That is because I feel most excellent, enjoying time with family and friends, celebrating milestones, completing some home and yard projects, and gleaning...

#18 Ode to the Nurses

#18 Ode to the Nurses

The best way to find yourself  is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi While I have amazing doctors and researchers at MGH and Dana Farber who have weighed in on my case and helped carve out a plan I trust will see me back to pristine health, it’s...

#17 Continuum

#17 Continuum

I don’t want to be cavalier. I don’t want to take one tiny bit for granted. And I don’t want to jinx anything. That said, I feel damn good. Bounced back from two months of chemo and now am taking in my immunotherapy 24/7, but have no sense of it, except for the...