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By True Ryndes, ANP ret., MPH Patient During the decades I worked in hospice and palliative care, my husband Jim and I simultaneously lost a landscape of friends and acquaintances to AIDS.  During this uncommon exposure to grief and loss I would, every so often, repaint rooms in our
by Mary B. McAllister – Patient Waterfalls of Grace My glass has always been half-full— A clear and inborn vision. It isn’t something I have earned, But a blessing I’ve been given. Being raised in faith and prayer Instills a higher view. For knowing God, is trusting Life, In
 by Nancy Salwin – Caregiver It’s a sad feeling that creeps up in a day, A lonely feeling that wants to stay. I know I am part of a larger group That needs an outstretched hand To get back in the loop. So many of us feel hurtful pain
 painted by Christina Fisher – Patient During my recent stay at OHSU, I was encouraged to participate in the patient art program.  I painted “CLL Set Me Free” because it’s always in our heads, it’s such a deeply personal and individual journey for all of us who typically appear
By Valerie Vickers – Patient Life in Limbo Lethargy finds expression in a yawn No words or symbols–this heaviness swallows all that is colorful The world in light and dark before diagnosis and after No treatment for dormancy The shadow spirals outward in gray arcs leaves flashes of awareness