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16 January 2015

Cancer-kicking community

These gorgeous blooms. Going-away gift at this week’s DEFEAT Cancer dinner meeting. The flowers remind me that Hubby and I were part of an incredibly courageous, active, audacious, loving community of super-heroes here in central Oregon.


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So why is it important to get plugged into community?

If I had to sum it up in one short paragraph, it would begin with accountability. A sense of belonging to something larger than just us. Companionship – these are people who get us. Knowing we’re not traveling this way alone.

So many memories with this central Oregon cancer survivor group – Soaring Spirits Camp, the monthly DEFEAT Cancer meetings, hula hooping, hiking, snow-shoeing, knitting. And more. And while it was my job at the Cancer Center to facilitate a number of these programs, Hubby and I also participated in them (well, not Hubby and knitting).

What these people maybe don’t know is, they were a critical part of our cancer team. They spurred us on. Simply by being. And I will forever hold them close in my heart.

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Hello, my name is Marlys Johnson Lawry. I’m a speaker, award-winning writer, and Chai latte snob. I love getting outdoors—would rather lace up hiking boots than go shopping. I have a passion for encouraging people to live well in the hard and holy moments of life. With heart wide open.

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