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Life and death - so few breaths separate the two.  I was hoping to make it to the General Election.

Today, my good friend of 35 years, Arthur, took me to the doctor.  Afterward, he treated me to lunch.  A birthday lunch.  I am sixty years old, this week.  The lunch was wonderful, and we did not discuss the doctor appointment.

The doctor visit did not go well.  I have lung cancer.

I do not despair.  Every moment we experience in the universe is an opportunity for joy.

I have spent the evening notifying family and friends of my grim prognosis.

Every day is a sacred day.  Every moment is joyful, if we see it so.  

Departing is no burden.  Survival is a grief.  

See every moment as a gift.

Love binds us all.

It is no pain to leave, but to survive takes courage.

Originally posted to willb48 on Mon Jun 16, 2008 at 09:56 PM PDT.

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