Polyps and the Pellopenesian War
[10 Apr 2012 | No Comments | 1,485 views]

Today’s prompt was to pick one grouping of people in Seurat’s painting, ” Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte” and describe their fictional conversation regarding a discussion of Cancer. This was one of the stories:
The two women were together at the water’s edge of La Grande Jatte. one standing and one sitting. Marie, sitting on the grass, said, “I don’t know what to do, I can’t get Jacques to get a colonoscopy. He complains about rectal pain, but he does [ … ]

Class Reports, Family Matters, Heroes and Helpers, Lessons Learned, Thank You

Jaws II- A Breast Biopsy
[29 Feb 2012 | No Comments | 1,519 views]

We were writing about our experiences with Biopsies. Pat read this description of her test at Monday’s meeting:
I thought the mammogram test was bad but it is nothing compared to a breast biopsy.
You lay flat on your stomach on a hard table.
 Then they put the offending breast through this hole in the table hanging down.
 Cold hands position the breast.
 Now I know how a cow feels when a farmer tugs on its udder with his cold hands; or a milking machine with [ … ]

Class Reports, Healing and Feeling, Personal Experience

[13 Feb 2012 | No Comments | 1,320 views]

With every Biopsy, a part of me dies,
A part of my body, a part of my spirit,
Like a rock beaten down by the constant drip-drip of water,
Slowly, surely, wearing, gnawing..
Variable is the location,
Constant is the anger, the worry, the despair.
A needleful of my Prostate, a snip of my skin, a scrape of my mouth..
Death of tissue, death of psyche.
The bliss of benignity, or the malice of malignancy,
Which will it be?
Push the pause button on your life,
Don’t start anything new!
When, [ … ]

Class Reports, Personal Experience, Private Anguish, Your Story/Your Legacy

Writing Begins to Heal Emotional Scars
[4 Jan 2012 | No Comments | 1,451 views]

Dear Julie,
It is kind of funny that I am writing you this thank you note right now. I was in the library one night, about six months ago, looking at our books on creative writing. I saw your book, Writing for Wellness, and I immediately put it back on the shelf. You see, I was not ready to handle this kind of intimate story of my life. I also have never had cancer. My mother has had a small lump [ … ]

Class Reports

The Big C- Christmas Spirit
[19 Dec 2011 | No Comments | 5,733 views]

A Beautiful Christmas, Decorations Everywhere, Festive Garlands Hanging, Inspiring Joyous Kinder Laughter, Moving Non-believers On-toward Peace, Quieting Restive Souls, Tempering Unrest.
                                                                          Very Worry-free Xmas, 
                                                                                             Your Zitherists  
If you haven’t already noticed, there are 26 words, written in grammatical sentences, each beginning with successive letters of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. Pat Boran, an Irish poet, gets the credit for this exercise our group is doing over the holidays. It’s in his book, “The Portable Creative [ … ]

Class Reports, Gather Yea Rosebuds, Getting On with Your Life, Happy Days are Near Again, Rediscovering You, Your Story/Your Legacy