The secret of the stars


No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.
HELEN KELLER

A week ago today I wrote to say that I was entering the steel and sterile doors of an operating room. A week ago tonight I was gradually climbing above the fog of anesthesia. 

In seven short days I have experienced strength and weakness. I have felt brave and fearful. The recovery required more hospital time than I had anticipated. The second day I had to pray my fighting prayers to stay hopeful while new and VERY unpleasant tests were required. In the end all was well and I returned to my home where family and friends surrounded me with comfort and care. 

Getting well takes work and attitude. Healing is never simple. Always details that require attention. Details that would normally make my skin crawl! But these were and are my details. Important to oversee with the bravest heart I can manage. 

I am in the midst of positively healing. With surgery behind me I came home to wait for labs that would reveal the next road to be taken. In three short days (I was told it would be a week), the phone rang and my surgeon shared the best news- the cancer was contained, all lymph nodes were clear. 

I felt my breath enter as if anew – as if this were my very first day. 

And now I hear – ‘pay attention’. Healing is never simple. The mind and spirit join the body’s work to heal. I have been here before and each time the call to ‘pay attention’ grows in intensity. 

The chance is before me once again- to discover secrets, cover uncharted lands and most especially – to open doorways. 

With gratitude spilling over, I wonder – what could be waiting…

12 comments on “The secret of the stars

  1. Carrie, I am so glad to hear the good news. I wondered how things had gone for you. Keep your positive attitude and your resilient faith. Also, I just finished Rachel Held Evan’s “Search for Sunday.” I think you would really enjoy that book.
    Continued blessings,
    Bruce

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    • Carrie says:

      Good news is always welcome! Thank you for your continued encouragement and your own gifted perspective on the dance between our own lives and creation.
      I will look for Rachael Held Evan’s book. I think she was at a conference I attended last year.
      Peace,
      Carrie

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  2. japamas says:

    Thank you Carrie for your wonderful Good News! God has blessed you.
    Dr. Ed

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  3. Terri says:

    Our prayers are with you! Lilly sends her love!

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  4. Susan Holmes says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words, Carrie. You are one tough cookie! Much love to you.
    Susan

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  5. Carolina says:

    Stay strong my friend as you are such an inspiration to many. Sending healing energies.

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  6. mike hamer says:

    Carrie, good luck and patience in your healing. My prayers are with you.
    m

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