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In March, 2010 I went on a yoga retreat to Guatemala with Laurie Young and Kirsten and visited beautiful Lake Atitlan. While I was there I noticed a lump on my neck which I assumed was a spider bite. When I returned home I saw my doctor who sent me for a biopsy. I have been diagnosed with lymphoma and I will have 6 chemothereay treatments starting April 27 at 3 week intervals. My main practice is staying present in the moment and being joyful when I can and crying when I feel like crying. My partner Cal and my daughters Deborah and Jessica have been amazing along with many friends including Joan Latchaw who invited me to visit her in Omaha and treated me like a princess. I am taking natural cooking lessons from my friend Gabriel Kushi and eating healthy. I am strong and have been in good health all my life so I feel positive that I will get through this time. As most of you know, I call myself LAFS. My Hebrew name is Ahoovah (Bat Rachel and Moshe), my Yiddish name is Lieba and my yogi name is Leelah. My party name is Kitty Katz. I have a host of other names so call me your favorite name. All my love, Laurie