In October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness I will post a daily blog with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections will stem from something in the play. (All quoted lines are text from the play.)
Day 24: The Music of Our Heart. “Even though I have been to so many of these events and even though I have the routine down pat. I can’t recall a single tune every played by one of the orchestras.” This is how I explain that one can experience a dance – the loss of someone you know or love --- as “a guest of the dancers or you might just end up in the gallery watching as someone you know or love.” The point is that it is a dance and there is an orchestra and that orchestra “plays whatever music the dancers themselves want to hear.” When you dance – either yourself or as the dance partner of someone you love – you then hear the song and it is the song of our heart and of your life. Our song was Unchained Melody – “we fell in love with it the first time we saw the movie Ghost.” I can remember listening to that song over and over again “in the real world” as the days of our treatment became darker. I remember the evening I called our favorite radio station and asked them to play Unchained Melody at 11 p.m. (our normal bed time) every day, and why. Not possible he said, just one time. Just tonight. At 11 p.m. he announced “Sam and his wife are going through a tough time right now and he wanted to dedicate Unchained Melody to her.” (This quote is note from the play.) We laid in bed touching and listened. “Oh, my love, my darling I've hungered for your touch…”
Stat of the Day: According to the American Cancer Society, Asian and Pacific Islanders have the lowest over all incidence of breast cancer between 2006-and 2010 in the US AND the lowest overall death rate.
Task of the Day: Start a diary. Write down how you feel about what is happening. If you are past treatment write your own story. The mere writing can be helpful in reconciling your feelings about what has happened.
Resource of the Day: Check out the National Story Telling Network and its affiliate The Healing Story Alliance.