On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Okay now, just calm down!

I seem to be turning into a chronic night owl. My family is asleep, including all the pets, and I have new energy and a peaceful space.

The heaviest part of my work week these days is Thursday-Friday. This shifts and changes throughout the year as clients come and go, their own schedules requiring adjustments to my own.

Yesterday I returned to Juvenile Hall after the Thanksgiving break and chemotherapy on Tuesday, one of my usual days with the kids. It was great to see them - a girls' therapy group - but they were like herding cats.

After some chatting I taught them a bit about zentangling, a wonderful and contemplative skill they can use to calm themselves, enter into a deeper state and add some beauty to the world. It was extraordinarily hard for them to work silently (with Christmas music in the background) and refrain from discussing the latest gossip of their homies. But that's why they need all the relaxation training the world has to offer - and zentangling seems to be one of the more effective. By the end of the hour each girl had a new page in her art journal.

1 comment:

  1. Your blog made interesting reading! I didn't know you could survive with years of chemo. After a bout with chemo, my brother in law was so weak. I guess you're a miracle! You have wonderful outlet in your drawings! Thank you for sharing!


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