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Thank you, Nancy

By on Mar 26, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts | 3 comments

Writing and knowing that someone bears witness to my attempts to make sense of this experience is a huge gift. (Thank you). I admit to feeling a kind of pious, selfless pleasure, this morning, knowing I was giving Nancy that gift. And, as always when I get a little above my station the universe, in the form of Nancy’s story, is quick to turn my thinking on its head.

He made a difference…

By on Mar 22, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer | 3 comments

The kids in Joshua’s grade had to write a reflective essay this week. They were asked to select a poem or song which reflected something important to them. I got this note from Joshua’s (and my) friend (and teacher to us both) about a different boy in the grade.

The worst day of my life

By on Mar 19, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer | 8 comments

Last week my surviving son, Chris, handed me a piece of paper with the following essay printed on it. I’m both heartbroken and proud of what he had to say:

Look at the stars

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Autumn, Blog Posts, Cancer | 4 comments

I woke up to the news that Stephen Hawking has died. The world seems a little less bright, a little less clever this morning.

Shin

By on Mar 12, 2018 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 5 comments

I should have been happy on Thursday morning when I woke with image of Joshua’s shin front and centre of my mind. I was hoping for something maybe a little more significant than a shin memory but a shin is what I got.

One

By on Mar 5, 2018 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 14 comments

“I am going to do a full exam but before I do I want to get a little history,” she said. And then I realised my big, giant, insurmountable problem. It wasn’t the lump.