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!

Friday, April 22, 2011

You're bonded to what?

Every now and then I read a book that totally captures my attention and this was one. Shaggy Muses, by a local psychotherapist, Maureen Adams, describes the human-animal bond through the lives of five women authors and their dogs - Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, among them.

As a dog lover myself, I often wonder if I'm a bit daft for the interest I take in our many pets (probably), but at least I can say I'm in good company. I enjoyed this book as much for its literary interest (the author previously taught college-level English classes) as well as the psychological value.

And now I can live more comfortably with my own animal bonding.  It's totally understandable!

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