Life in the Cancer Cloister

By Susan Tweit

A friend who survived cancer said the treatment was like “living in a black hole,” in the sense that while the world goes on around you, and people are helpful and kind, you’re really isolated by the intense and exhausting journey you’re on.

That’s how life feels right now. Even though we’re surrounded by people who love and care for us, and who help in so many ways; even though Salida in summer is a crazy busy place; even though life hurtles on at what seems like a breakneck pace; our intense focus on Richard’s health and well-being creates an oddly peaceful space around us.

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