Risking My Significance (today is chemo#3)

Living Wide Open: Landscapes of the Mind (by Dawna Markova)

I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing,
a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom,
and that which came to me as blossom,
goes on as fruit.

I Will Not Die An Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion, Dawna Markova
Red Wheel Weiser, 2000.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • Jay

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on reaching the halfway point in your chemo treatments! It’s great to see you looking and feeling so well. We’ll be celebrating your last treatment in no time!

  • Thanks, Jay!

    I'm just back from chemo#3. I was super pumped and giddy when I got to the hospital but I crashed almost immediately when I learned how low all my blood counts are. The good news is they were able to proceed with the chemo today — so I'm half-way done!

  • Jay

    Shoot! Sorry to hear about your blood counts, but thank goodness they were able to proceed with treatment. They'll be up again soon, I know it!

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