Knit Together

Let one who wants to move and convince others, first be convinced and moved themselves. If a person speaks with genuine earnestness the thoughts, the emotion and the actual condition of their own heart, others will listen because we all are knit together.
--Thomas Carlyle

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Please Help

This post has been updated; see below for new information.

Liora is a blogging friend of mine. Recently she discovered a lump in her breast; the biopsy indicated it was cancer. This post describes just how aggressive the cancer is. The news is not good. To make matters worse, she's had a hell of a time getting responses in timely manner from caregivers. After a disastrous first encounter with a rather "out there" doctor she found a good oncologist -- but there have been snafus along the way as well, such as being told he'd start her on chemo a week after the surgery, only to learn on that week from the receptionist that he went on a long-planned two-week vacation and oh, by the way, forgot to tell her. Moreover, Liora is single, and like many folks, has a small social circle. Family lives far away. She's been coping with all this pretty much on her own. One reason her situation resonates with me is that she is only 39; I had a scare with a couple cysts when I turned 40, and it could easily be me in this situation. My heart aches for her.

The recent news about her prognosis has made her aware that she needs more support going through this. If you would, please pop over and read the entry. In the end she asks readers what they have done to cope during times of crisis, and your suggestion might be helpful. Beyond helpful ideas, though, I believe just knowing there's an ocean of compassion available to her is supportive and healing. That's something the blogging community (readers as well as writers) is very good at demonstrating.

Liora's blog is called Steeping, and the particular post I'm referring you to is titled Triple-negative.

Update: Liora's blog requires you to create a log-in to leave comments. If you don't want to do that, please leave your suggestions here in the comments and she can read them. Thanks.

[cross-posted at A Mindful Life]


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