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For Caregivers: Illness as a Spiritual Journey

Grief

We were making our way through the maze of medical information and doctors for these very complicated blood diseases (MDS, AML), which requires highly specialized knowledge to understand and treat …

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It Takes A Village

We were making our way through the maze of medical information and doctors for these very complicated blood diseases (MDS, AML), which requires highly specialized knowledge to understand and treat …

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Why?

When bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people our sense of justice is insulted and our sense of order outraged. The world proceeds in an orderly manner, or so we would like to think …

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And You Thought The News Was Bad Before

Well into the year (2016) and we were at status quo.  The only reminders are the fatigue and the bruising, which makes going to the dentist for a routine checkup an epic event.  It is possible that we could continue like this for years.  But I don’t believe that.  I...

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How To Forgive

After we met with Dr. N things settled back into “normal.” If one means by normal that no one is speaking about the big elephant in the room. I am still pressing for a second opinion, third actually, from another outside facility. Doctors within the same institution...

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Prayer and Meditation Part 2

When a beloved is ill,  you want to do everything, anything to help change the outcome.  Finding the right kind of medical help is of course a priority.  Providing the emotional equivalent of chicken soup and fluffing pillows is essential.  Laughter and joking is...

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Prayer and Meditation Part 1

Now we wait for the other shoe to drop. Hopefully we will be the outlier, and defy statistics.   Meanwhile the illness, MDS, remains with the fatigue and the bruising, the elephant in the room.   But there is also good quality of life. There is joy. There is laughter....

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Finding Meaning

  I am now clearly recalling my own experience in my early 20’s with a terminal kidney disease.  I am not so much remembering the hardship, but what I learned … "That we must all die, we always knew; I wish I had remembered it sooner." Samuel Johnson, 18th century  ...

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Denial is more than just a River in Egypt

  In retrospect I doubt that the type of bad news we have no heard can be absorbed easily. And the defenses we erect are probably essential to our mental wellness — giving us time to take it in. Thus, although I pride myself on being able to face facts, look death in...

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Even Worse News

  2016.  My daughter was satisfied with the “what me worry” approach of Dr. La Di Dah, but I was not. I push for a second opinion.   I was deeply suspicious of Dr. La Di Dah’s cheerful attitude and felt we needed a more grown up assessment.  Under my prodding, she...

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Omens Reveal Their Meaning

  Sometimes devastating news comes suddenly, and sometimes in slow motion.   After the birth of twin girls, my daughter, began to complain of fatigue. But who wouldn’t be tired, raising twins?   Then there were the bruises. Blood tests showed a low platelet count. ...

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