Body Sovereignty

Tomorrow we travel to Portland to visit with both Compass Oncology for a blood draw and check up, and to Hai Shan clinic for acupuncture and a reset of my swamp tea formula. The two sides of my treatment coin at the moment. After watching the huge TTAC documentary a few weeks ago, and then…

Not by Kale Alone.

As we collaborate to design our life together as a family, we are trying to integrate as many facets that contribute to a thriving life as we can. We are defining a thriving life as balanced, productive, happy, of service, and long. Though we have always eaten lots of kale, we are trying to crank up…

Is Tamoxifen the Boat?

There is a humorous fable about how God intercedes in our lives, probably told in millions of churches the world over. A big storm sets the water to rising, and soon it has turned into a flood.  A man looks up at the sky and secure in his faith, he asks God to save him.  Just at…

I hear a sweet voice calling.

Okay I know I have been writing a lot.  I am feeling very inspired to try to get as clear as possible on what I am learning- and to document it so that perhaps it might help others.  Writing also acts as a clarity spell for myself- a discipline to more deeply understand myself and the…

Contributing Factors Part 2- Wellness

My last post focused on a top ten list of why I believe I started cancering. This here post is a roundup of things I count towards health.  I’m curious about what others are trying- please comment below as to what feels healing to you. When ever I have gone into the Oncologist’s office, or…

Tuning in

This was a really fun weekend. My friend Rebecca Harrison came to the coast to offer individual Alexander Method sessions, and to teach another short Alexander workshop.  The topic this time was the senses – tuning into ourselves from the inside out. The class was really intimate, just four of us. It seems that this was…

Walking into Joy

Whoa – Beauty abounds all around.  Due to a confluence of factors, our car in need of repair, newly developed tailbone-bike-seat-incompatibility, plus beautiful weather, all conspired towards my walking to and from work this week.  Basically providing me with two hours each day to reflect on the state of my life, the universe and everything. My goal this…

Dressing For Success with One Breast

Built in the 1880’s the house where I spent my early childhood had three front doors and two staircases.  My father’s medical practice took up about half of the downstairs, and its entrance used the north door on the front of the house. The other two, which lead to the private residence, were permanently locked.  The central entrance foyer, with its beautiful…

Don’t Think about Pink Elephants

There is a certain looking-for-trouble aspect of the oncology world that rattles me. I am going in for my yearly mammogram next week.  A ridiculous activity geared to make money versus because it makes sense.  Everyone in the equation knows that I have an extremely dense breast, and that my mammogram will be inconclusive – a breast…

Ley, Lady, Ley

“Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead I long to see you in the morning light I long to reach for you in the night Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead.” Bob Dylan Have you ever walked into someplace…

Integration – “Feel your tension body letting go of you.”

  Have you ever noticed how you feel in your body when you are completely relaxed, and yet strong and ready to respond? I imagine stretching awake from a refreshing nap taken in a sunny place on soft grass.  This is inhabiting your mammal body.  Contrast this to the tension body– that collection of movements and…

“When sorrows come…”

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”  Hamlet to Horatio These last weeks I have been playing a minor character in the last production in the life of my friend Meg.  She is dying from late stage breast cancer.  I have written before about my views of…