Saturday, March 18, 2006

meeting Laura

I went to the Saturday yoga class at the Bendheim Center as planned this morning. The instructor, Marissa, was wonderful. When someone had difficulty with a pose or they did it incorrectly, she went to aid of the individual and instructed the person with such kindness. The pace of the class itself was a little slower than the two others that I had attended at Gilda's this week, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. As it stands now, I will put this class in addition to the Tuesday and Wednesday classes at Gilda's into my weekly schedule.

In the afternoon, I had a rendezvous with Laura at the Neue Galerie on the corner of 86th Street and 5th Avenue (nearby the Met) from where we walked to a nearby cafe, because the wait for the museum cafe was too long. It has been a little over a month, I think, since we first communicated over the telephone. She had Non-Hodgkin's Disease and received an autologous stem cell transplant at Sloan-Kettering about 8 months ago. Before I began treatment, I wanted to talk to someone around my age who had undergone the same thing, but I had no luck in finding that person until a friend introduced me to Laura. She has taken up residence in London, but was in town this week for her regular scan and check-up at Sloan, which provided us with the opportunity to meet up this weekend. I was very pleased to meet her finally. She has been so thoughtful during my treatment. She sent me a few inspirational books and she also called me several times while I was in the hospital and at home after my discharge. Laura will be back in New York in May for her next check-up at which time I hope to see her again. She joked about that reminding that by May I should have a lot more hair on my head. Of course, I have none now.

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