“So, I looked through your records…” My new doctor began, “And I don’t see any record here of a mammogram.”
“No, there isn’t one.” I admitted hesitantly, with a knot in my stomach. “I have never had one.” She didn’t know it, but she was keying in on one of my biggest fears. The big C. Breast cancer, or any mention of it. I am an expert at avoiding this topic. I braced myself for what I knew was coming.
“That is not acceptable. You are 41 and counting. Your mother died from breast cancer..."
A few years ago, my sister asked me to check in on her German Shepherd, as she seemed to be ill. The first thing that she blurted out was, “I REALLY miss Rosie!” Rosie was another dog in their home, who had passed away 6 months or so prior. We were surprised to hear that because they were not companions and didn’t even act like they liked each other, and yet, there it was. She was in pain, from arthritis and in deep grief that had not been acknowledged...
Scent is a powerful thing! Smells hold so much nostalgia, and can take us back to memorable times in our lives. For pregnant women, otherwise harmless smells can trigger an avalanche of nausea. For others, certain scents can instantly force a painful memory to the surface. In the psychic world, scents are powerful as well.
The spirit world does a great job at grabbing our attention through our sense of smell. It is called “clairolifacation.”
Suicide. It's not a comfortable topic, but one that must become a part of our dialog about death. Part of my job is communicating with people who have died, as a medium. I often work with grief stricken families looking for answers. I have worked with countless families who have suffered a suicide among their loved ones. I am often able to help them find some peace. So many of the questions, both spoken and unspoken, are the same.