Monday, December 12, 2005

November 26, 2005 - An End-of-Radiation Party

We attend a party at the home of Donna, a friend, to celebrate the end of her radiation treatments for breast cancer. Previously, she had undergone chemotherapy. There she is, with her peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow back, but otherwise looking strong and healthy. There is laughter in her eyes. So there is light at the end of the chemo-and-radiation tunnel.

It is a heartening event. A houseful of people: laughing, conversing, eating, doing all the things people do at parties. A community gathering close, to enfold one of their own – one who was nearly lost, but now is found. I cannot yet speak publicly of the fears that fill me, but I can sense the power of community to heal.

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