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  •  She is in her early 40s, and I don't think she (9+ / 0-)

    minds sharing her age. She's too young for much assistance that would go to her if she was older.

    On the other hand, her health is resilient. She knows about how to eat well with little money, and is a runner and has other healthy habits. So her recovery from surgery was quick, and she doesn't baby herself.

    I think the tumor formation was stress-related. At this point, she has been so stressed for so long she has good adaptive mechanisms in place. Those good coping skills have permitted her to be able to do things like political campaigning, even when her personal situation is so tenuous.

    The story around her god-child, with whom she briefly stayed, is pretty amazing. The woman is deaf, and marabout knew her as a child and took her under her wing.

    The child's parents were Haitian, and sort of viewed their daughter's deafness as a curse or a form of defilement. At any rate, they pretty much disregarded her and left her to her own devices.

    marabout learned sign language to communicate with the child, and to help her to communicate with others. When she entered the woman's home as a guest this past fall, she found pictures of herself up on the walls. The woman proudly brought out a book of devotions that marabout had given her as a child, and even more proudly pointed out the dedication and inscription marabout had written for her.

    So her kindness from way back when came back to help her a little in the present. But the woman and her family lived in a tiny space, and had little room or resources to share beyond the time she stayed with them.

    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:53:55 PM PST

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