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Pauline Lerner

Those who have been spared

April 15, 2006 at 6:33 AM

Three bloggers on this site have recently written about people who have suffered and people who have been spared. I have a similar story to tell, but I don’t know the ending yet.
Yesterday I went to a friend’s home to help her get some chores done before she goes into the hospital for a mastectomy next week. She was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year ago, and she has had several lumpectomies and chemotherapy, a very unpleasant experience. She already has a disability; she has been confined to a wheelchair since she was in high school. Her spirit is very strong, and I admire her. She finished college and graduate school; has a successful career; lives in a house by herself; does volunteer work at a soup kitchen; and participates actively in sports, including downhill skiing. During the past year she has had several things to contend with in addition to cancer. She moved both at work and at home, and she has had to hassle with health insurance. I think that she will probably do OK. She has a good doctor and a good support network of family and friends. Still, I feel depressed and worried about her. Please join me in sending prayers and healing energy her way.

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