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Letter from gayl forman

09/11/2014 02:59:32 PM


Dear Friends and Members of the Shul of New York,

Some of you know of my recent medical diagnosis. I may not have reached out to you all because of time/energy constraints, but know it is not for lack of thinking of you all. Those who do know have been simply wonderful with your outpouring of love, support and prayers. I really appreciate your cheering me on more than words can describe.

From now on I will be working to compartmentalize this aspect of my life, so I have time and energy for all that nourishes me: dancing, Alexander Technique, French, re-connecting with the alto sax (if not now, when is the time for me to continue my study, dropped over 20 yrs ago), work - maybe even take on some new interests if time allows, learn Italian, Icelandic, etc., once I get a rhythm going integrating my medical regimen into my schedule. This may be a blessing in disguise to help focus me & do the hard work of not giving voice to every thought in my head, which these days is mostly cancer related.

To help me do this I have signed up on I welcome you to visit me on the site if you are interested in my status or have any comments regarding this issue. Otherwise, on Facebook, emails, conversation, etc. I want to only communicate about regular life stuff. This is very important to me so please help me by refraining from Cancer missives in conversation or writing unless I bring it up. That said, I might want you to stop me, help me pause, by asking "Gayl, do you really want to go there?" as it will probably be harder for me than anyone else to inhibit my impulse to talk about it. However,  I know for the sake of the Big Picture this is best for me and through practice I'll become more skilled at keeping such thoughts at bay.

I feel that miracles are already happening (they actually already were, but I was too blind to notice) especially in that my core immediate family is joining me for the 1st time for Rosh Hoshannah services: there will be 15 of us! 

Thanks so much for your love and support,

- Gayl 


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