Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Deep Dark Woods and Desolate Ice Flows

Quote of the Day

"Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised."
--Sir Ernest Shackleton

Betsy Hawkins and graduated from high school together.  She has moved over here and we reconnected in a nice way.  She has a great husband that loves to clean up my back yard.  But more then that she has been an emotional resource. 

One way she helped was to connect me to another friend of hers going through a Bone Marrow Transplant.  Roger is an adult, had a different kind of cancer but there is a certain sort of camaraderie among those of us in cancer world. 

Well things went well for Roger and then the Leukemia returned, with a vengeance.  He is coming to the end of his treatment and is struggling to travel from Salt Lake to Missoula where he lives.  There are lots of issues with transportation, insurance companies, sufficient oxygen for the journey, I can't even imagine.  None of it is good.  None of it is happy.  None of it is easy. 

I just happened to check in on their blog: http://bonemarrowboogie.blogspot.com and found the quote that starts this entry. 

I love it.  I reflects the isolation and desolation of this journey.  I had always pictured us in deeps dark woods with a myriad of paths and lack of good signage!

Maybe we are on an ice flow.

Say an extra prayer for Roger and Candie and they slide across this most of desolate places.  May they find a warm and welcoming shelter.


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