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Apr 20, 2017 10:20AM
Apr 20, 2017 10:21AM
Dear Pat, I am so sorry to hear that you are losing a dear friend. Here is a poem I turn to at times when grief is too heavy to bear.
The Thing Is
by Ellen Bass
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.
Strong is the new strong. Dx at 45. Onco 16. Monthly Lupron shots.
7/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
7/2016, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/29/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap
Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole)