Online, or: Oncologist

A haibun

A WordPress friend informed me last night that she has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which has spread. Her oncologist will give her a surgery date on Tuesday. Subsequent treatment (chemo, radiation, etc.) will be determined after the surgery.

She is in a state of fear and disbelief, and as she wrote to me, she is “working on getting her ducks in a row before Tuesday’s doctor visit.”

She is, of course, as I wrote to her, at the forefront of my thoughts.

Beyond my concern for her, I’m left feeling humbled that she would think to contact me personally with such personal information. Who am I to her beyond a bodiless blogger on the other side of the world?

Friends – don’t ever deem online interactions lesser.

workweek upon me
unexpectedly warm morn
autumn chill delayed

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

50 thoughts on “Online, or: Oncologist”

  1. Sad news. It does however highlight the connections we make online. We form communities, partnerships, friendship and chosen family. I dare say that most of my WP friends know me better than the people I rub shoulders with daily…

  2. During the hardest, darkest times of my life? My bloggy pal community here, checked in on me and/or heard my heart, more often than any in my immediate world felt necessary to do or even thought about – it’s why, after all these years, no matter how long I may stumble in posting or reading/commenting – no matter how often bloggy pals I have known and love pass away, or go away – or leave to new adventures??

    Here, really, no matter how long, or hard, I try to ‘truly see the ‘community’ in other social media landscapes I’m invited to/am back up for clients on, etc.?’

    Here, always, is my ‘true, bloggy pal’ home – for better or worse – in sickness and in health….etc., etc.. ๐Ÿ˜€ Prayers added to my list, for your friend.

  3. You can often learn more about people through their creations than from actual interactions, so Iโ€™m not surprised she considers you a friend. Iโ€™ve often thought I should get those ducks in a row myself before something happensโ€ฆbecause, really, you never know what tomorrow will bring.
    Sending good wishes. (K)

  4. I wish her well. May she recover and get over this difficult period of her life. Online connections can be the most enduring. It depends on the spirit behind them. Thank you for sharing this, David.

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