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A Prompt Response
[5 Aug 2015 | No Comment | 301 views]

Mary is a survivor of three cancer operations and chemotherapy. She and and her husband had booked a trip to South Africa for next winter, but were considering backing out before it was too late.  The trip would be expensive, strenuous and scary, especially in light of mandated six month CT scans and a problematic mammogram.
Then Mary received the Home Prompt for our next meeting. It asked members to read an excerpt from Judy Rohm’s poem, “A Lesson”,  then comment on it.

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Changing Priorities, Choosing Happiness, Class Reports, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience

The Pain of Adoption
[4 Jan 2015 | No Comment | 614 views]

There are so many sources of pain, so many reasons that justify the need for our Writing for Wellness program. Here’s Dana’s story:
I was adopted at five days old. When I was three, my mother read me a book that told me I was special. Being adopted meant that I was chosen, and this was better. I would walk around telling everyone I was adopted because I believed it was this wonderful thing.
When I turned twelve, I realized that being [ … ]

Family Matters, Lessons Learned, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

JUSTICE
[15 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 1,082 views]

One of our members has a story to tell that inspired our group, and should inspire anyone that is struggling in their lives. Although she thinks that any young Mother would do the same to defend her children I think her experience was much more than that. I also think you’ll agree with me.
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It was the first Friday in April, I’ll never forget it. I left my home, with my two small children, and went into hiding. I expected [ … ]

Class Reports, Getting On with Your Life, Most Inspirational, Personal Experience, Rediscovering You

SHORTSIGHTED
[20 Jul 2013 | No Comment | 1,895 views]

Ten years ago I was being treated for Prostate Cancer. I had external radiation therapy for five weeks, followed by a radioactive seed implant operation. My anger at one of my physicians led to my blowing off steam with the following poem:
Compassion 101
Do Doctors take Compassion 101?
Are they taught how to treat us with kindness?
Can Considerate Cancer Care be instilled from without?
Compassion must come from somewhere, but where?
If Doctors do take Compassion 101
Do they get marks from the teacher?
Are there [ … ]

Class Reports, Compassionate Outcomes, Expelling Anger, Personal Experience

A Policeman at the Door
[4 Jan 2013 | No Comment | 1,347 views]

A Policeman at the Door
1950, New Year’s Day
The doorbell rings, a policeman at the door
Your father is dead
A wife is screaming, crying.
1990, 40 Years later
The doorbell rings, a policeman at the door-
Your son is dead.
A mother is screaming, crying.
If bad things come in threes
There’s another policeman out there,
Somewhere, sometime,
Waiting to ring a doorbell.
This poem was written about seven years ago, a few years after my attending a “Healing Through Poetry” workshop at The Wellness Community in Salisbury, Maryland. At that [ … ]

Class Reports, Family Matters, Personal Experience, Private Anguish