Tag Archives: cancer

Poetry Month

I’ve been writing a lot of poems lately. Cowbird.com went over to a static site, so there is no more posting “new stories” there. I have moved with a lot of other Cowbird writers over to Medium.com. You can find … Continue reading

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Fragility 2

All day today I’ve been grappling. I guess I’ve been grappling for a week now. Finally I stood still and formed the question I’m grappling with: “How long after the last treatment do you know it’s the last treatment?” I’m … Continue reading

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Miss Sharon Jones

Yesterday, Steve and I went on a date to Minneapolis. Our favorite dates go like this: Mass at the Basilica, brunch at Moose and Sadie’s, play at the Guthrie or movie at the Lagoon or Edina theater. Because the film … Continue reading

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Garden

My sister came to help me this week, during a challenging round of chemotherapy. Since the beginning I’ve been doing everything possible to stay healthy for a week-long conference at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, where I’m the afternoon … Continue reading

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Telling

One of the interesting things about the cancer is figuring out the “need to tell.” Who do I need to tell? Who do I want to tell? Knowing my hair was about to fall out made me feel the need … Continue reading

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Good Girls

Remember the Billy Joel song “Only the Good Die Young?” I thought that song was a total scandal. How could he say what I somewhere deep thought was true– what scared me most? But it wasn’t there┬ábecause of Catholicism. I … Continue reading

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Groceries

Today was the first day I walked the world as a cancer patient. For me, the hair has been gone for a week and I’ve been to work and the post office and even the coffee shop, and I haven’t … Continue reading

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Talismans

It’s certainly human nature, when much is out of one’s control, to become superstitious. Facing cancer, I’m surprised and also not surprised by my level of superstition– or maybe closer to what Joan Didion calls “magical thinking.” For example, a … Continue reading

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Acts of Mercy

Some people who know me and the blog know that for about 2 1/2 years I’ve been writing to someone on death row in North Carolina. There is a Sister who is a Benedictine Oblate with Saint John’s Abbey, where … Continue reading

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Gifts from Vegas

One of the more surreal aspects of recent history is the fact that I first experienced the chest congestion that led to the diagnosis while out in Las Vegas. I spent 12 days out there in the desert, first in … Continue reading

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