Friday, May 22, 2009

"The brain gives the heart its sight. The heart gives the brain its vision." -- Kali

The Indian god Kali is not always the most reliable purveyor of truth, but in this case I believe he was right.

What a long day it must have been yesterday for Jennine, our Kindred Spirits teammate who had brain surgery.  Her mother, also a teammate and now blogging for her, notes that she went into surgery at 8:30am and came out about 5pm.   Her first words after surgery:  "Ouch, my head hurts!" The surgeons were able to remove about 95% of the golf ball sized growth.  

This is a remarkable woman for a couple of reasons.  Others know her much better than I do. She and I walked together on SuperBowl Sunday and I had a chance to hear about her mother's struggle with breast cancer.  You learn a lot about what a person values and how they love their family during such walks.  But you don't have to read my characterization of her -- if you take a look at Jennine's "J9" blog, which you can click through to from this page, you'll see what the shape of her love and anxiety for her mom looked like -- and then you will read the interesting and lively comments she has made on her own condition.  

Big heart.  Brain with vision.  A human being, just like the rest of us, but touched twice in the last year by cancer.  Please give her strong recovery a place in your thoughts over this long holiday weekend.

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