I am housebound in lung recovery but today I at least feel alive so I opened my mail from yesterday. My cousins in Montreal wrote to say that Lionel is now in palliative care and Lyne has been diagnosed with colon cancer. This morning, my friend Nic called in recovery from surgery to remove a tumour from her sinus area. Then I talked with friend Stephen who had a large lump removed from his head and the surgeon forgot to freeze him before he cut into the growth. This afternoon, an email from fellow walker, Cathy, who is in St. Paul's having fainted. I find this all astounding.