NaBloPoMo 1: Circles

It’s NaBloPoMo. And to be really honest, I had to google it. National Blog Posting Month. While my writing efforts are focused on a manuscript right now, I had a short little piece from writing class last night, so I’m throwing it up to see if it sticks. I will TRY to write daily, but we all know I probably won’t.

If you’re interested, there are some great resources out there. BlogHer and WordPress both have daily prompts and I’m sure there is much, much more! Look forward to poking around some new blogs as well!

From our path around the sun, to our rotation on our own axis. From pole to pole, and around the equator. The seasons circle; the trade winds circle; our blood circles. Right down to the patterns on the carpet.

As I circle back on my first cancer experience I am amazed at how much I learned, and how far I have come.

From those early days of being terrified, my imminent death certain, to my confidence that I will prevail against all odds this time.

From my first day in chemotherapy, bewildered and afraid, the unknown holding me in its clutches, to the “take no prisoners” way I greet all comers in the treatment center today.

From an unknown language to competency in cell biology and an understanding of angiogenesis and apoptosis.

From feeling small in the face of doctors to sitting on panels with them to discuss future directions in research.

From not knowing how I will every explain this to my young child, to partnering with him in advocacy on Capitol Hill — and helping others explain it to their young children.

From begin afraid to tell anyone, for fear that they would see me differently, to telling everyone in my effort to educate.

From embracing the pink party walks and fundraisers and shopping for the cure, to my utter disdain for all things sold on the back of my disease.

It all circles back – and with it comes growth. A knowing, an understanding…and a path to a richer, fuller, rounder life.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Facing Cancer Together
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:15:43

    Love this post, Lori. What striking changes you are creating. ~Catherine


    • Lori
      Nov 01, 2012 @ 12:02:33

      Thank you, Catherine…but no one changes in a vacuum. It happens through connections and community! Thank you for always checking in here!


  2. Beth Gainer
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:58:35

    Lori, this is a powerful piece that well illustrates how we achieve growth in the most dire of circumstances. It’s amazing how far we’ve all come. Thank you for this!


  3. Susan
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 14:43:58

    I love this post Lori. It is clear that this writing class has added an extra special dimension to your writing as your powerful words have an added texture that is so exciting to read.I delight in the choices you make to express what you are experiencing on your personal journey with breast cancer and I love the way your words allow me to follow you as you expose your feelings and thoughts along the way. Thank you for sharing this!


  4. Jan Baird Hasak
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 16:47:14

    Very thoughtful and provocative. Love it. xox


  5. Tracy
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 17:48:30

    Beautifully written and thought provoking. Thank you 🙂


  6. Acacia
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 20:14:30

    This is a wonderful post and a great blogging goal. I’ll have to try to follow your example.


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