LISTER, CHRISTINE

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

Society lauds those who are courageous and brave in their battles with cancer, labelling them heroes.
Falling prey to the fear and strong emotions cancer invokes is seen as giving in. Controlling your emotions is equated to controlling the ravages of the disease. Any overt signs or intimations of weakness are generally frowned upon.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

Cancer is confronting. It strikes at the heart and mind as much as the body. Life approximates a seesaw swinging wildly from one dichotomy to the other and back again. The natural rhythm and equilibrium of living is shattered. So too is your sense of personal safety and control over your life.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

The bulbs should flower in a month or so. The place will be a picture of colour, smell and beauty. All the rockwork and the planting of hundreds of bulbs will come to fruition. The lemon and lime trees are languishing, in need of water and food, a bit like me. I’m in need of nourishment for the brain, food for the soul and solace for the spirit. I wonder how long we will have together.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE

Love, like sunlight, is healing and all-powerful.

LISTER, CHRISTINE

LISTER, CHRISTINE

Life, like sunrise, can often delight and surprise.

LISTER, CHRISTINE

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

There's a touch of blue sky out there and wind – a cold wet winter's day is in the making. The snowy river wattles are laden with blossom. It won't be too long and the yellow will burst out. So too will the bulbs. Hopes for spring, for the future will burst forth, in a blaze of colour.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

When cancer strikes it changes your life, but it doesn’t change who you are. Your essence remains. The paradox is that although you are the same person you are indelibly and irrevocably changed.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

Cancer is a cruel disease. Almost as cruel is the conventional wisdom and etiquette that dictates how cancer victims and those closest to them are expected to behave in the face of its onslaught. It is embedded into our psyche that strength, stoicism or spirituality are the faces we show against this evil.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

Spring is here. Outside is a glorious blue sky. Sunshine streams though the trees and into our window seat. Sprays of golden wattle burst from the trees. The garden is sighing, sated after the recent rain. Birds are everywhere. The shade houses are filled with orchids in spike. Beautiful orchids fill the house. It is the season of hope and new beginnings.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey

LISTER, CHRISTINE – The Hidden Journey

It’s another beautiful spring day in Paradise. Birds are twittering. Soft pink streaks across the sky warming me, warming the day, and making me feel heartened. I love the sunlight. How could I live without the sun? It makes me feel warm inside and out.

LISTER, CHRISTINE - The Hidden Journey