I can’t seem to let go of her


I can’t seem to let go of her.

I keep thinking of the sweet young woman I met Thursday who just discovered she has aggressive, triple negative breast cancer (see Healing Waters).

Just days ago she was a complete stranger to me. Now I feel a powerful connection to her. I barely know her. And, I feel I know so much about her.  I recognize her fear. I feel her vulnerability. I see her strength.

I don’t really know how I can best support her along her journey. My sense is to just be there – be here, where I am now, emotionally connected, energetically available – for her…to listen to her, to hold her, even if from afar. I hope she knows I am here. I hope she will call out when she is lonely or afraid or just wants someone to sit beside her.

Sitting Peacefully Next to You

By Vicki L. Flaherty 

Is it possible that when I hugged you I took away some of your pain?

By holding my body up close next to yours, was I filling my bucket with your fears?

Oh, I could feel the weight of your worries deep down to the bottom.


Is it possible that when I thought about you this morning you felt my touch?

As I held my loving intentions for you, did you sense me there beside you?

My heart sits peacefully next you, ready to hold your hand.

4 thoughts on “I can’t seem to let go of her

  1. My dear QV – Does she know? I don’t know. What I do know is that you have a remarkable gift of empathy, of writing, of caring, of loving – that which you share. We get to learn from you and walk with you on your journey.

    I bet she has thought about you 1 million times since you met. That, my dear, is what matters.

    • I think what matters is that I have thought about her a million times. There’s something inexplicably powerful about this connection that must be healing me in some way, too. I do believe she’s receiving my love and care, whether she knows it intellectually or not. Thank you, Maureen.

  2. That kind of loving energy reaches out…and is felt, that is what I believe. You have such an open and understanding heart, Vicki. I am grateful that this world is blessed with people like you.

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