The stories that hold us together


Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion. Barry Lopez

Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez is a wonderful series of  books, inspired by the North American Plains people. As the characters journey on their quest from youth to maturity, the lessons they learn are timeless and transcultural: to be truthful, to acknowledge the Ones Above, to value friendship, to express gratitude, to seek knowledge.

Through the character of Badger, Lopez teaches us that “the stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other’s memories. This is how people care for themselves. ”

I find this image very beautiful and it illustrates for me again the concept of the wounded storyteller, which I have written about before. We tell our stories in order to heal; in listening to the stories of how others have walked the path, our own journey of discovery and healing can be enriched. So for this reason, I love to hear the stories of women who have inspired me in their journey with cancer, and when these stories come to me, as Lopez says, I give them away to you, where they may be needed. So please continue to share your stories here. It unites us in our sisterhood and holds us together, “these stories and compassion”.

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