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When facing a diagnosis of cancer, adaptability is a skill that we must all develop. This African symbol translates as “Denkyem:” a turtle or crocodile because they live in the water, yet breathe the air, demonstrating an ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

As we are called upon to thrive in this challenging time, let us remember what the turtle teaches us: breathe, swim, rest, wait . . . Breathe, swim, rest, wait. Climb into your shell when needed to recuperate, poke your head out when you are able to and then extend all four legs to walk away when you are ready.

Modern day lyrics from the James Taylor song “Like Everyone She Knows” inspire us to weather the storm with adaptability:

“Hold tight to your heart’s desire.
Never ever let it go.
Let nobody fool you into giving it up too soon.
Tend your own fire.
Lay low and be strong.
Wait awhile.
Wait it out.
Wait it on out.
Wait it out.
It’ll come along.”

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