We Need a Witness to our Lives

Your life will not go unnoticed

John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

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With my wife in Scotland

Gazing out at the bucolic Scottish hills and river, I put my arm around my wife Nicole and said a silent prayer of gratitude.

Our trip to Scotland was delayed a few years, first due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then in 2021 when Nicole was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I will never forget the day Nicole’s doctor entered the exam room, holding a folder with test results. The doctor sat down, crossed her legs, leaned toward us, and delivered the news no couple should hear.

“You have breast cancer.”

Thus began a year of tests, medical appointments, surgery, recuperation, follow-up appointments, and juggling medications and unwanted side effects. I took notes at all of Nicole’s medical appointments, but sometimes the medical terms were beyond me.

Fortunately, Nicole is an experienced hospice nurse, and she understands all the medical jargon.

The night before we learned of Nicole’s cancer diagnosis, our beloved one-year-old Maine Coon cat “Skye”collapsed and died unexpectedly. I had just fed Skye some of his favorite whipped cream on a spoon. He let out a meow of thanks, jumped off the kitchen counter, and ambled into my son’s room.

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John P. Weiss
Personal Growth

I write books, stories and essays about life, often illustrated with my photography and artwork. JohnPWeiss.com.