My Computer Writing
In retrospect, I think the most important thing Kaye did for
me was to encourage me to write about what was happening to me.
She knew I had determined that I would find a way to live with
cancer long before I knew there was a vocabulary to describe
what I was attempting. I had determined that I would think of
my "new life" as a kind of journey of self-discovery and hope
long before I knew that a man named Frederick Buechner had
written a book called, The Sacred Journey . And I had determined
to call my book, A Gathering of Stars and Songs and Faces,
Fragments of a Life long before I discovered, through Susan
Hull, the following quote:
You may in the privacy of the heart take out the album of your
own life and search it for the people and places you have loved
and learned from yourself, and for those moments in the past--
many of them half forgotten--through which you glimpsed, however
dimly and fleetingly, the sacredness of your own journey.
- Frederick Buechner
- The Sacred Journey
My journey of self-discovery and hope had taken me to
places I thought I could no longer travel, both in the real and
in the metaphoric sense. I had fought my way up rugged terrain,
out of the pit which was clinical depression. Even though I
teeter sometimes on the brink of that deep hole, occasionally
losing my footing for a time, I try to remain on the high
ground. My journey out was too difficult to chance the trip
As for more tangible trips, I had traveled to Boston and
Maine with my family and my IV antibiotic bag. I had traveled,
alone with my daughter Jennifer to the outer edges of Prince
Edward Island and found peace as we drove our rental car around
the island, going to the western cliffs of the remote Acadian
country overlooking the...Yes, I had traveled far.
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