There is no way to sugar coat it. My dear friend is in the hospital, and she is dying. One month ago she was excited and exhausted following the launch of her highly successful book, Secret Squirrel Business. I thought it was just that she was run down, and needing some rest. But this week she was told that not only does she have cancer, she doesn’t have much time.
It’s all been so sudden… I’m still dazed. As usual, my method of integrating things is with practical action. I’ve been trying to help in any way I can, to give her what small enjoyments I can. Like bringing her tasty things so she doesn’t have to eat horrible hospital food.
Jenny is constantly amazing, in her courage, and in how much she is still giving to us all, of her love, concern, and spirit. She is still painting in hospital, and wants to hold a final exhibition before the end. She has been, and done and lived more, and faced more challenges than most of us will, enduring the loss of loved ones and her own journey through schizophrenia.
When I look at the paintings she is doing what I see is wild colour, movement and life, integration, energy, the joy of existing. She is not defined by cancer any more than she was by schizophrenia. This is the life legacy I gratefully receive from her. Thank you Jenny, for everything, for your time, your encouragement, your heart, and for just being you.
Friends, I probably won’t be posting again for a little while. Bless you all. Remember to spend some time with your loved ones today, if you can.