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  • Yesterday a woman told me the story of how she was diagnosed with Cancer in her breast 8 months ago and lost one breast, went through Chemotherapy and Radiation and all the hardship these involve. She had barely shared her diagnose when her husband left her for another woman. She says that recently she commented this to her oncologist and he answered that, sadly, he was seeing this happening in half of his patients: half of all husbands leave their wives as soon as Breast Cancer is diagnosed!

    She says she could not believe this, but two other patients in the waiting room overheard her conversation with the doctor and immediately confirmed this terrible truth: both their husbands also had left them for other women as soon as they had received the shocking news of Breast Cancer!

    I also work for and with people who suffer different kinds of handicaps and know that about 30% of marriages fail after a child with a handicap has been born. Seldom mothers abandon their babies, mostly the fathers escape the scene and leave the family alone.

    This information just about breaks my heart and gives me the deepest and most terrible doubts about all the glorious and rosy stories we humans invent about what we call LOVE.

    What is this thing we call LOVE?

    Are we lost in a terrible illusion about ourselves?

    Art by Kiki
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