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Monday, December 22, 2008

What Cancer Cannot Do

I just returned from seeing my beloved friend Susan. Four other college roommates and I made the journey to the Midwest to spend time with and support Susan. It was a bittersweet weekend - full of warm memories, various exchanges of "what have you been doing", spending time with Susan and her family, fun, games, goofiness and dealing with the painful reality of why we were all there.

If you read earlier, Susan has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She has recently started Chemo and Radiation and at this point, despite being told of other potential outcomes, I am remaining stoically hopeful for the best. Several snapshots were taken and upon departure Susan presented us with a framed group photograph and following poem:

What Cancer Cannot Do
Author unknown
Cancer is so limited.
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

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