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An Insider View of Radiation Therapy Through the Eyes of a Cancer Patient

A few months ago, I underwent month-long daily radiation therapy for breast cancer. It was hard for my frail rail-thin body. The treatment left me physically, emotionally, and mentally depleted — like nothing I had experienced before. Several months after completion, I still suffer the side effects. (I know survivors who remain affected many years down the … Continue reading An Insider View of Radiation Therapy Through the Eyes of a Cancer Patient

The Healing Refuge (Poem)

Taking refuge in the forest / Amidst the tall redwoods / Majestic protectors / Of all things living. / Their cracked brown skin / Brings to mind my brown ancestors / Still alive among these trees / Centuries after centuries. / Their resilience exemplary / Their strength legendary / They’ve overcome severe hardships / With awe-inspiring ...

Letter to My Forgotten Heart

Dear Heart / You and I have a lot of catch up to do. / Half a life of taking you for granted / Of thinking you will always be there / Beating faithfully, through thick and thin. / You’ve been a loyal friend all my life / And yet I’ve never thanked you. / I had to get a life-threatening illness / To pay attention to you at last / To realize that ...