Thursday, February 19, 2009

To walk in the path of another is to learn.

I'm a little slow in blogging, this month, but I have been busy learning an important lesson. "To walk in the path of another is to learn".

I can say now that I have left my footprints on the path of a dear friend who found that she had breast cancer 3 months ago. Though I felt a great deal of sympathy and compassion, I couldn't feel the deep emotion that goes along with the reality.

Then, a month later, I found that I had breast cancer and it was then I realized that even though my compassion was deep, it barely scratched the surface of my understanding. Where I had no words to console her, her words were my consolation.

She could explain that the feelings I was trying to suppress, were normal. That I wasn't a coward. She could tell me why I felt the way I did, why my world seemed suddenly strange, and I was grateful for her understanding.

She had to have Cemo. I didn't. She lost her hair. I still have mine. We will be going to radiation together, and we're planning to go out to lunch together, as often as possible.

Yes, to walk in the path of another is to learn one of the greatest lessons we will ever face. Though I wouldn't want to go through this illness, again, I realize the blessing I have received, and I thank my Heavenly Father for his wisdom in my behalf


Kathi Oram Peterson said...

A very good friend of mine underwent a double mastectomy two days before Christmas last year. She has been in the battle against breast cancer for many years. I'm so sorry that you are going through this as well. You and all woman in this war are my heroes.

Candace E. Salima said...


I pray that you will recover quickly and with as few side effects as possible. You are such a marvelous woman and I treasure you as my friend. Please know that my prayers will stay with you.


Jewel's Gems said...

You're amazing, JoAnn!

Krith said...


I am praying for you and wishing you a speedy recovery!

JoAnn Arnold said...

Kathi, Candace, Jewel, and Krith,
Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your caring comments.

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