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  • By Marie Summers
    Jul 9, 2009
    "If you like this book, check out the chapbook!" Sylvia's "In the Garden of Illness: I Sit by the Well of Hope" chapbook (1st edition) is available for purchase at Shadow It's a stunning collection of poetry, only in a shortened form from the book at
  • By Sylvia Kopp
    Jul 30, 2008
    "Yes to In the Garden of Illness!" Posted on behalf of Bernie Siegel...."We would all heal faster if we had the courage to write poetry to uncover our feelings and the wisdom which dwells within us. Sylvia expresses these feelings eloquently, with her words and poems she will inspire you on the path of healing. To "In the Garden of Illness: I sit by the Well of Hope," all I can say is: YES!" - Bernie Siegel, MD
  • By Laurel Johnson
    May 30, 2007
    "Beautiful book of poetry, highly recommended" Sylvia Thompson understands healing. She teaches meditation, Reiki, Chakra, and Color Therapy. When diagnosed with colon cancer in 2005, Ms. Thompson called upon every well of knowledge, strength, creativity, and hope at her disposal. The result of her introspection is this beautiful chapbook, which she now shares with the world. Through her poetry, she creates beauty out of illness and sorrow, transforms a weed-infested garden into thriving flowers. In the title poem, "The Garden of Illness," she sympathizes with an oncologist unwilling to inspire hope in himself or anyone else. I quote several verses in excerpt: My oncologist's mind has a hard time flowing around the sharp-edged boulders of statistical probability down into the tranquil brook of against all odds. I want to ease his pain almost more than my own, leading him out from behind the fence of emotional protection and tell him to remember. ... More > Witnessing in seasons not long past, weeds withering, some vanish on their own, and gardens flourish into ripe, full harvests when even the most optimistic gardener had forecast drought. This excerpt from "Soul Script" reflects the shock this poet felt when hearing her diagnosis for the first time. The poem, in its entirety, is powerful and understated: Lashes try to blink confusion into focus while my mind pulls frantically on the shades trying to keep truth's harsh glare out. The diagnosis of a devastating disease forces Ms. Thompson to focus on her own mortality and lost loved ones. "Death of My Mother" is brief. I quote the poem here in its entirety: The leaf composting on the ground forever holds its luscious color. In the imprint of eternity, the air I breathe contains my mother. What a transforming thought! "In the imprint of eternity, the air I breathe contains my mother." This lovely book of hope and healing should be mandatory reading for everyone diagnosed with a catastrophic disease, their families, friends, and health care providers. It's important that we all understand the healing power of hope. Sylvia Thompson shares hope in glorious ways.< Less
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Product Details

Second Edition
Sylvia Thompson
December 4, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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