Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 27, 2013

Facing cancer in the moment

TRAVERSE CITY — “It can’t be.”

That was Traverse City writer Fleda Brown’s first reaction in November, when her doctor told her she had metastatic endometrial cancer and would need intensive treatment.

“Members of my family have always lived to be 95 to 100,” said Brown, a former Delaware poet laureate and essayist. “I’ve always had a strong and healthy body.”

Her medical treatments began in early December and ended June 18. Meanwhile, she turned to her own self-healing measures: Writing on her blog about cancer in an ongoing series of posts she calls “My Wobbly Bicycle,” and a 27-year Buddhist meditation practice that helps her stay in the moment, rather than being trapped in fear.

“This doesn’t mean that I haven’t felt fear,” she said. “ I just haven’t gotten caught up in it.”

Fleda Brown’s story continues in today’s Body & Soul section.



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