April 13, 2020: Spiritual Nourishment in Difficult Times

I cannot tell youhow the light comes,but that it does.That it will… (“How the Light Comes,” by Jan Richardson, in Ten Poems for Difficult Times, 2018) A note from Sharon:  To those of you reading this post:  It is difficult to find the words that capture this extraordinary time we are now living—no one has … Continue reading April 13, 2020: Spiritual Nourishment in Difficult Times

February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness

When the heart speaks, take good notes—Joseph Campbell “A patient is, at first, simply a storyteller,” Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote in The Emperor of Maladies:  A Biography of Cancer, “a narrator of suffering—a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill.  To relieve an illness, one must begin, then, by unburdening its story” (p.46). Last … Continue reading February 25, 2020: Writing & Sharing the Stories of Illness

Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead

For the past week or so, I've been playing around with words, exploring meanings and synonyms, consulting dictionaries, thesauruses, poetry and other books for the single word that will serve as my guiding intention for 2020. It’s a practice introduced to me by a friend nearly ten years ago, and one I have embraced wholeheartedly. … Continue reading Dec. 29th: One Guiding Word for the Year Ahead

August 25, 2019: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Heart?

"Are you still writing?" Dr. R. asked as my appointment was ending.  I had admitted, several weeks earlier, that I was struggling with writing this blog. "Oh yes," I said, "both blogs, but it's much easier for me to write the Writing Through Cancer posts than it is for my heart failure site." She laughed … Continue reading August 25, 2019: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Heart?

July 18, 2019: How Writing Helps Us Heal

(Preface:  I began this blog nearly one year ago, and, as the anniversary date approaches, I am looking over my posts and revisiting the motivation that initially prompted me to begin exploring the lived experience of heart failure.  I have always written, whether for myself or for publication.  It's the way I make sense of … Continue reading July 18, 2019: How Writing Helps Us Heal