They require an inner strength that we may not be aware we possess. They may also require the care and dedication of many strangers and loved ones.
They may cause us to explore our lives in ways we never dreamed possible.
Such is the case for many of us who have faced cancer head on or loved someone who has endured.
Barry Fraser of An Explorer’s View of Life has been writing of his journey in ways that have touched all of us who have followed him.
Today, at 2pm, he will leave Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. A bell in the lobby at the Chemo Day Care Centre is positioned at the exit doors to be rung as you leave after your final chemo treatment. The staff and visitors and inpatients will all pause. Then applause. Maybe cry.
There are many, many people who are joining in (with links on Barry’s blog for visiting) most of us who only know Barry and his wife Linda through their blogs who will ring our own bells, loudly and with wild abandon. For Barry, for ourselves, for our loved ones who have endured. For those who are still enduring.
You may feel the earth shiver.