Welcome to the journey.
Imagine the bank of a mountain stream where we meet to inspire each other, read to one another, laugh. Wildflowers tumble down the narrow canyon. The high mountain air untroubled on a calm morning. Dippers dip from rock to rock. The cold, clear water rushes on. There is nothing we have to do except sit together and. . . bump up our NK cells!
I live in the Idaho mountains with my partner and black dog and I am recovering from lyme disease. Early in the illness words galloped off like wild horses. I couldn’t read. I couldn’t write. But that’s a tick’s story; mine is that I’m healing. If you’re like me, sometimes we get lost in confusing and frightening information, feel lonely. Great art, poems, prose have come out of similar struggles. Inspiration, creativity, curiosity, and just plain funny boost the immune system, can help us feel better, and may be as important as the IV or the herb. So I hope you find on these pages something that inspires you.
—Those of you not recovering from a tick bite—we’re not contagious. Have a seat. There’s room on the bank.
A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness, by John O’Donohue
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