I would say that I’ve been lucky enough to bounce back incredibly fast from all of this, except that Jess and I both believe in stacking the deck in our favor, so to speak. For years, we’ve both used guided meditation CDs to enhance health and mood, and are positive that it really paid off this time too.
I listened to Belleruth Naparstek’s Meditations to Promote Successful Surgery starting about 10 days before the surgery, and have listened to it every day since. It contains healing imagery to use before the surgery to “anticipate a successful surgery experience, surrounded by protection and support, the body slowing down blood flow and speeding up its mending capacity,”
I sit here looking at a blank computer screen, trying to take it all in. I should know how to start because I’ve certainly told this story enough times. But even though most of you, my dear ones, have been so patient and supportive and forgiving of my saying things that maybe didn’t make a lot of sense, the act of writing it down seems to be useful to think it through myself.
My husband, Jess, and I entered some kind of alternate reality this summer in which I have cancer, and our world has changed. We are sharing this together, and at the same time, apart. Grey’s Anatomy fans will appreciate that we are each other’s person.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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