Sister Edith Myflesh
15 March 2002
As though my arms could protect you
I found out this week that someone I know has been diagnosed with cancer. He found out on Valentine's Day. The doctors have told him that the cancer is inoperable and not only that, but it's the type of cancer that spreads. I have these horrible images of the cancer aimlessly wandering through his body, corrupting everything it touches.

The hardest part for me was trying to come up with a way of expressing how I felt; of trying to comfort and support him. I haven't gotten to that part of my nun training yet: they haven't taught me how to comfort the ill. So I told him that I had no words for him, no way of expressing how I felt. "Well then just give me a hug," he said. So I did. I hugged him like someone was going to try and snatch him out of my arms.

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