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For Caregivers: Illness as a Spiritual Journey

Prayer and Meditation

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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Alphabet Soup of Blood Disorders

ITP, MDS, AML    There is something forbidding about these acronyms. When you expand them to their full length they become even more threatening.    IDP  Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura MDS Myelodysplastic syndrome AML.  Acute myeloid leukemia   These alphabet...

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Cancer as a Spiritual Journey

Cancer is fundamental, it is about basic systems failing, its about difficult odds, and toxic treatments and the  cruelty of the body.  It is also about the mind, as well as the emotions and the spirit.   A cancer diagnosis brings an abrupt shift, a tidal wave that...

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Prologue – MDS, AML, Leukemia

In 2015 my daughter was diagnosed with the blood disease MDS and in the Fall of 2017 the MDS morphed into AML, an aggressive form of leukemia. She needed urgent treatment for this cancer, and had to undergo a Stem Cell Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). A critical part of...

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Shulamit works with private clients challenged by serious health problems, bringing spiritual awareness for comfort, healing and understanding. Click here for more information.