In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I post a blog each day with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections all stem from something in the play.
Day 28: Magic Words “I made an appointment with the psychiatrist I had seen off and on for the past 20 years. … I told him about the ballroom and the orchestra and the dance and how real it was to me. … I was afraid I was losing my mind. … I hoped he was going to give me medication. … Instead he called it a metaphor and said it was Beautiful.” The Actual Dance
Two days ago I related how I urgently needed to speak to someone about my fear of losing Susan and having to be with her as she took her last breath. As it turned out my session with the Rabbi didn’t go well, and so I ended up speaking with the psychiatrist whom I had seen off and on for 20 years, usually through various life transitions (turning 50 etc.).
His words had a dramatic effect on me. The simple word: “beautiful” was like a magic curse/blessing. Hard to imagine I know but at that instant a light turned on – “rather than fearing the actual dance, I think I can get ready for The Actual Dance.”
“I now understand that The Actual Dance will be the ultimate consummation of our Love.”
Stat of the Day: Puerto Rican women (19.04 per 100,000 women) and Mexican women (18.78) have the highest breast cancer mortality
Task of the Day: Post something on your Facebook page or Tweet something about October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encouraging every woman to check her breasts.
Resource of the Day: Check out this fact sheet from the Society of Breast Imaging on the importance of mammograms.
The Actual Dance: Performances. Donate.