Postcards of Grief

Mourning is a process.

Comments on breast cancer by proxy, written by a woman coping with the loss of her mother.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I had a really intense dream early this morning. We had a photo of me as an infant, and we scanned it. Somehow, we could make the infant me appear in reality by double-clicking on the picture. (This might be evidence of me spending too much time in front of a computer.) I did. I held the infant me against my chest. We were heart to heart. I was soft and warm, and the weight of my infant body felt secure in my arms. Brooke was holding Sanna, and I couldn’t bear to put me down.

Then we went back to the computer, and I was gone. Holding me gave me my mother back for just a little while.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Free Choices Save Lives

From the inbox:
Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 14th). Here is a very meaningful way to show the special women in your life how much you love and appreciate them.

You can honor the special women in your life by taking a simple action to help empower women around the world.

It's easy - click here to urge Congress to increase funding for international family planning programs.

Right now family planning programs prevent 105 million abortions (many of them unsafe) and nearly 3 million infant deaths worldwide every year. Better funding could save even more women's lives and ensure more healthy births.

Unfortunately, these crucial programs have been consistently under-funded by the U.S. government. Worse yet, President Bush has proposed a huge budget cut for international family planning - 18% less than the current low level of funding!

Congress will be deciding how much to invest in international family planning in the next few weeks.

This Mother's Day, please honor and celebrate womanhood* by taking a simple yet meaningful action to help empower women around the world.

The Bush Administration's failure to fund international family planning programs will have grave consequences for the health and well-being of women, children and communities around the globe for generations to come.

* "Celebrate womanhood"? I don't know about that, but this is still important.

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