When I was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in 2006, the very first person I "met" was an amazing woman named Betsy. She sent me books to inspire my will to live and fight like hell, and told me of her own journey, her amazing cure through a clinical trial at UC Davis, and her ongoing process of healing. She talked of spiritual paths, of her belief in the power of prayer and visualization and the love we could access around us. I was intimidated and grateful, and that combination made it difficult for me to call her back. When I did I was relieved and joyful, but it was always difficult. I felt like I was imposing, though she was so incredibly kind and caring.
She was in complete remission for over four years. Now, six months away from a clean bill of health, she has had a recurrence. It's very aggressive this time, and the battle begins again.
If I've had doubts about Judaic-Western religious tradition, I still believe deeply in prayer, in whatever individual fashion that may occur. At this time, I ask those of you who've sent a prayer or two my way to please add Betsy to your prayers. She needs all the love, light, and positive energy the universe can muster to surround her during this fight. As a beneficiary of all your collective strength for the past couple of years, I know you have the power!
As always, my gratitude.