My dear Mindfulness Community,
It’s hard to find the words to express how I feel about your outpouring of support (for both Jeff and I), on this list serve and all the notes we received back channel. I am pretty overwhelmed to see, hear and feel the love and support from all of you.
I am so blessed to come from a healthy family with 5 siblings with an amazing almost 86 year old mom! To have Jeff for a husband to travel this road with, for my 3 amazing sons, and to live in a community full of such caring people.
Thank you, thank you, thank you..
With much love,
Ok, now time for Meditation and Yoga!
Btw – you may have justifiably wondered why I communicated this news as opposed to Jeri. Once Jeri decided to let people know, it has been tiring for her, calling each of our sons, being real but emphasizing the good prognosis, doing the same with her mother and siblings – and as she says, she comes from “a big friggin’ family.”
From: Jeff Matranga
Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2015 4:42 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Jeri and breast cancer
Dear meditation circle community,
Word is getting around now, so, it is time to tell you more directly.
Jeri was diagnosed with breast cancer this last week.
Many people in our meditation circle have been touched by cancer either personally or a loved one. I can think of at least 3 other people on this list who are dealing with cancer personally and of course there is Gordon.
For what it is worth, Jeri has a form that, as some people have said to us, is the best one to have if one has to have a breast cancer diagnosis. Hm. Nevertheless, this is a jolt with various implications.
The actual form is DCIS, estrogen receptor (ER+) breast cancer, apparently caught very early. We will be going to more appointments next week.
If you were at Jeri’s 8:30 yoga class, you now understand some of the power behind her theme –“shit happens – and dealing with it” -- one of the best classes I have ever experienced from Jeri or anyone else. There were a record number of people there, yet no one in the class knew at the time.
Jeri feels confident that she will be alive for a long time and will die from something else. It is a journey that has to be taken and worked with on many levels.
Jeri is very grateful for her community and to have many years of strong yoga and meditation practice as she embarks on this journey. I love her dearly and know that those of you who know her feel similarly.
We look forward to seeing some of you at the Sunday morning meditation circle, 8:00 to 8:45 am.
Jeri: [email protected]