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Write Now With Jean Rowe: Remember

In the Sunday Reset, we wrote about “Remember that time when,” and the sharing was rich. It included being connected to cancer journeys while also transcending them. Why is this important? To remember that we are whole people, that cancer is a part of the story not the whole story. Some of what rose to the surface included partying with friends at a club, a formal for no reason and borrowing a leftover throne from a birthday party held for a nun in her 90s and reaching back to what it was like to be a child and the freedom of one’s day.

I then asked the group how they are “making waves” in their lives these days. This included having important conversations as a teacher of high school students, staying the course with a medical degree after life was interrupted by cancer (this includes how unexpected angels show up for us) and preparing to go before a medical board to make one’s case. The conversation will include addressing access for those with disabilities.

Remember can encompass looking at these past stories, the power to consider  present stories and the way you show up for yourself, the way you show up for others and how your journeys lead you to unexpected “countries.” Stay curious!

Try this:

  • How are you making waves (including and maybe most importantly) in the smallest of ways? 
  • What does “remember that time when” evoke for you? What is the first memory? Why is this one so strong today?
  • In thinking about remembrance, are there connections you want to reconnect?

Let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear from you.

“because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. no matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.”

Sarah Dessen

Cactus Cancer Society is proud to present Write Now with Jean Rowe! Each month, come on over to Young Adult Voices and read everything Jean Rowe, Certified Journal Therapist, has to say!

Love what you’re reading? Check out the many programs Jean is facilitating (including 30 Minute Tune-UpWeekly Journal Prompts, and The Bridge) and sign up to join one today!