Tenderness #midnighhaiku

puppy holding on to sleeve

No words are needed

Tenderness and affection

Breaks all barriers

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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40 Responses to Tenderness #midnighhaiku

  1. willowdot21 says:

    So beautiful, words and photo 💜💮

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  2. Jim Borden says:

    I like the haiku; having trouble figuring out what the picture is … 🙂

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  3. fransiweinstein says:

    Sue, I am stunned for a couple of reasons. First to hear you are ill with cancer. I am all too familiar with the journey you are on, which brings me to the other reason I am stunned. At the end of August, pretty much out of the blue, I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic hormone positive HER 2 negative breast cancer. To make a very long story short, like you, I cannot be cured and there was no tumour to remove. But I can be treated and my cancer can be controlled and I can have a good quality of life for some years. That is why I didn’t know about you. Because I have been kept so crazy busy with tests, hospitalization, rehab, more tests, medical appointments, treatments, more medical appointments, physio, exhaustion, weakness, and trying to handle fluctuating between feeling fabulous and feeling beyond lousy I haven’t been keeping up with all the blogs I so enjoy — like yours. Mine has been such an incredible experience, I told friends and some of my doctors I would write about it, but as yet I haven’t which disappoints me — but I am struggling with putting time aside regularly for writing. I hope that changes soon. Reading your posts has really resonated with me because there are similarities and parallels. Bizarre and interesting that we are going through this at the same time — and as different as our cases are they are still so similar in many ways. I am sure your doctors have said this to you but I will share what mine told me. Each and everyone had told me I have a great attitude, that it will play a big role in how I do and that it will stand me in good stead. Your attitude seems the same as mine so keep it up. It’s easier some days than others but like me you’re a feisty old broad and you’re not giving in any time soon. 💕

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I thought you wre quiet recently, Fransi… I am just sorry that this is the reason. No, I am not giving up any time soon, nor are Mary Smith and Gwen Plano who are also going through it. The wierdest thing was that Mary and I were due to meet in Scotland when we were both diagnosed with lung cancer. Sharing the journey with those who know howit feels does help. ❤

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      • fransiweinstein says:

        I agree Sue, it does. And yes it is quite something to think you and Mary were supposed to meet up when you were both diagnosed. I have a friend who was diagnosed with metastatic breast a few months before me. Although hers is a different type than mine, she still understands what I go through and vice versa. It does help ❤️

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        • Sue Vincent says:

          Mary and I have different types and different treatment too… but it is reassuring that some of the odder things really are side effects… not just us being weird 😉

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          • fransiweinstein says:

            Same with Sandra and I. For that matter, you have written about things I totally understand and relate to because I have experienced them too. It helps tremendously to know you’re not alone.

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            • Sue Vincent says:

              It does… and it can feel like a rather lonesome place to be when you are stuck in the middle of treatment, feeling like hell and wondering if you made the right decision 😉

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                Exactly. Or even with all the highs and lows. When I left rehab I felt great. And in the few months since I’m home I’ve had reactions to meds, delayed reactions to radiation and some issues with wounds that at times make me feel like I’m going backward instead of forward and some days it’s hard to stay positive.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                I can understand that, Fransi. I did pretty well with the chemo on the whole… but have swollen like a small whale, top to bottom, which, added to the baldness, is not a good look or comfortable state for trying to breathe… probably the steroids, but who knows? It is easy to get down…

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                It is easy to get down. I talk myself out of it and have an incredible support system of family and friends — both near and far — who are there for me and with me every step of the way. They listen, they cheer me on, they care about me and love me and it makes all the difference in the world. My doctors are the same and they are so supportive and encouraging it gives me hope, keeps me positive and optimistic and gives me strength. I am filled with gratitude — especially because in this world there is so much ugliness and lack of empathy and kindness. I can tell from your posts you are getting the same. We are blessed.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                Indeed, Fransi. There are so many people giving that support…and it really does make a vast difference to how we end up feeling.

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                ❤️ I am sorry for what you’re going through Sue and I’m sorry I’ve only just found out. Your strength and courage are inspiring and I look forward to more blog posts and more conversations. Ani seems to be doing a fine job of taking care of you. Tell her to keep up the good work. I am sending hugs, healing energy and positive thoughts for 2021. ❤️

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                Ani is doing a sterling job looking after me. Hopefully, after tomorrow’s appointment with the oncologist (the first time I have seen her since diagnosis, thanks to COVID) I should know a bit more about what is going on and what next. At the moment we are back in Limbo really… ❤

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                What I have discovered is that on this journey we go in and out of limbo. I have an appointment with my oncologist tomorrow as well. I am not on traditional chemo because it is not the first line treatment for my kind of cancer — hormonal. Because of some wounds I’ve had, she took me off one of my treatment meds because it is hard on the immune system and she wanted to give the wounds a chance to heal. So tomorrow’s appointment is about checking the wounds and seeing whether or not she can put me back on that med yet. Later in January I go for my second post-diagnosis scans and blood work to see if the meds are working 🤞 My first, which was in November, was positive. The tests revealed that the meds were working and mets were smaller. Sending positive thoughts for your appointment tomorrow. ❤️

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                I’m on chemo and immumotherapy, so my immune system has taken a serious hit…and I have no hair left, apart from a bit of a fringe, which does look better with the scarves 😉
                The latests scans showed the tumours to be shrinking, but by how much, I have to wait and see…and whwther there is to be any more chemo or not…~Good luck tomorrow too! ❤

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                I’m on 2 pills that deal with the hormone positive breast cancer and in addition I get an infusion every 3 months that strengthens the bones. I’ve had one so far and my next one is in January. I’ve been taken off one of the pills twice for brief periods so my immune system would be strong enough to let my wounds heal. And one pill I’ve been on since the beginning. I’ve also lost most of my hair.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                I hpe things start to heal for you,Fransi, this is no time to be without a decent immune system.

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                Thanks Sue. The wounds are slowly healing thank goodness. The immune system is going to be a constant challenge because of the treatment meds, but I am very carefully monitored and blood work is done very often so hopefully we can continue to stay ahead of it. Sounds like you have great care as well.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                I have been well looked after since the start, I must say, Fransi.

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                So important Sue. So have I.

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              • Sue Vincent says:

                I’m glad, Fransi. We need that. x

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              • fransiweinstein says:

                ❤️

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Finding the right words is almost impossible, even when they’re not needed… but all the things I find so hard to say are in my heart for all of you…

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  5. A true friend. Beautiful in all forms.

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  6. Dogs! So very good.

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