You were wondering, "Where the heck is that newsletter from Marilyn?" Right?
Silly me, just procrastinating again. And I KNOW that none of you has ever done THAT before! I love sending out the newsletter every month but I just don't like the part about writing it. I know, I know, it is up to me to change my attitude about the writing part. If I anticipate the joy I get out of the end result, perhaps the writing part will be joyous as well. Kind of like the Zone class I am taking at the gym. It sure isn't fun while I am doing it, but I keep going back because it feels so darned good afterwards!
Just a little note to thank Dee Rosenwald and Mayor Larry Keller for organizing the annual Coach Tour sponsored by the New Hope Historical Society. It was my only my second Coach Tour and it was a wonderful trip. The "Duck Tour" was the best!
MY STORY PART III
(if you missed the past two month's newsletters with Parts I & II, go to www.NewHopePennsylvania.com - in the right hand column you will find links to previous newsletters.)
Something that is interesting to me is that I think I knew I had breast cancer months before I was actually diagnosed with it. I kind of felt this lump but I wouldn't let myself believe that there was anything wrong. In December of 1999 I guess I was ready for the news because I finally allowed myself to touch the area where I thought there was a lump. Aha! Yes, there was indeed a lump there (and I had had a mammogram only 6 months before that did not detect anything) and it hurt when I touched it. Although (I was told) painful lumps are usually benign, mine was cancerous.
On December 29, 1999 (Happy New Year!) I received the phone call telling me the news. I was home alone - George was at work - and I just sat down on the floor next to the bed and cried for a couple of hours.
(Five years later, I can look back and realize that I went through stages of grief - like losing a loved one. In this case, it was losing the status quo because I knew my life would never be the same again. At he time, I had no idea what was in store for me or how my life would change so dramatically - this is where the tie to New Hope comes in. More on that in a later segment.)
I went through the "Woe is me, I'm dying" stage. Having lived forty plus years with few ailments and no major illnesses, it was hard to accept that I had something inside of me that could potentially kill me. My mind raced with "dying" thoughts - "Who will I give Great Grandma Boory's ring to?" and "Do I have enough life insurance?" and, "Oh no, it is too late to think about that now" and"I'm not even going to get to spend a year married to George" (we had married the previous July.)
Well, I spent about 2 weeks in this stage and then one day, out of the blue, I said to myself, "I'm going to get through this! I don't want to give up my new life with George!" It sounds like a selfish thought but it was time for me to be a little selfish. I had to start thinking about me and the healing process. That moment was a turning point for me.
I have spoken to other people who have gone through this "woe is me" stage. The timing is different for each person and I believe it is a natural process. I can only speak for myself, but having "made my stand" so to speak, I was prepared for whatever was to follow and I knew I would do the best I could to come through it healthy and alive!
More next month ...
Here are a couple of messages sent to me by loyal readers:
Dear Marilyn, Thank you for your intuition article. My Mom and sister both had breast cancer and survived. I look forward to reading the rest of your story. Have a stellar day! With love, LO
Marilyn, I love the storytelling! Please keep it coming. I was happy
to make it to New Hope just this past weekend. I'm happy if I'm able
to make it one or two times a year. I thought of all the colorful items
I read each month my entire day there. Love your work! Sincerely, E
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Color - This month is not so local. Former Solebury
resident, Kristin Perkins, recently moved to Switzerland with her
husband and two sons. She has some humorous stories to tell. This
is the first in her series which will continue each month somewhere
on this website
Art & Artists - Petra Azar was recently featured in the New Hope Gazette. She is introducing The United Heart, a series of beautiful original heart-shaped pendants that represent peace and love and unity. Please read her story. more...
The Holistic Living Expo is Nov 5 & 6 in Jamison - lots of
vendors, free seminars, and giveaways for healthy living.
Recipe of the Month: Linnie Tenaglia offered this recipe - her famous Avocado Dip. Let's hope she sends us more of her favorites! more...
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The September Winner of a 5-class gift card from Saraswati River Yoga was Michele Del Prior.
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I hope to publish the next newsletter by November 8th - see you then!
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