I called a very good friend of mine the other day and when she answered, I immediately knew something was wrong. “Are you okay?” I asked. “My younger sister has breast cancer,” she said. I drew in my breath.
My friend’s sister is young—mid-thirties—with two children, and the news was totally unexpected. The whole family was in shock while they discussed mastectomies and radiation and childcare and bills. At moments like these, there seem to be profound pauses in our lives—defining stillnesses, while the rest of the world continues on, much like a boulder in the middle of a rushing river. In these instances, there must to be time for absorbing the nature of the news, the choices, the consequences, the innumerable new feelings. Read more