Shahara’s Story

Site created on March 7, 2018

Welcome to Shahara's caring bridge website.  As many of you know,  Shahara was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2016 and went through extensive treatment at UC Davis Medical Center.   Your support, prayers and metta were so vital to Shahara and her daughter, Seree during the crisis in her treatment.   Shahara has been in  remission and returned to teaching.  The last couple of months  Shahara  has been feeling a lot of pain in the body and she has learned that the  cancer has come back.   So, we are starting a new caring bridge website to share updates and to provide one place where we can connect with Shahara during this next phase of treatment and healing.   We appreciate all of your support and words of hope and encouragement for Shahara.  Thank you for visiting this site.   with much gratitude, Shahara's support team

Newest Update

Journal entry by Shahara Godfrey

Hi everyone,


It has been awhile since I have posted. Changes and challenges…life, you know. This is also my last journal entry.


As  I had mentioned in the last journal entry, the multiple myeloma is now in remission. I was surprised it happened so quickly. I was given the impression that treatment may be as long as a year. I am so grateful it happened sooner than later. Now there is a new phase: physical therapy.  I am using the pool as well as doing range of motion exercises. Maybe in a month or so, I will be exploring gentle yoga.


The body has been through so much and in such a short period of time. I am aware that healing continues and it is truly forever. Recently, I have been having conversations with the body. So many memories, so much suffering, so much pain…I am learning how to fall in love with her… And she is so amazingly patient.


How do I say thank you and show my gratitude to all of you that have been incredibly supportive and so kind? Sometimes language fails me…Please know that I carry all

the prayers, love, and well wishes with me always. The boundless heart breaks open all the time. She is such a profound teacher, awe inspiring and humbling.  Gratitude is with me even when I don’t feel deserving. Grace and mercy never leave my side.


I am sharing this poem because it is about when someone deeply listens to you.  So many people have done so for me and this is for all of you.


When Someone Deeply Listens


When someone deeply listens to you

it is like holding out a dented cup

you've had since childhood

and watching it fill up with

cold, fresh water.

When it balances on top of the brim,

you are understood.

When it overflows and touches your skin,

you are loved.


When someone deeply listens to you,

the room where you stay

starts a new life

and the place where you wrote

your first poem

begins to glow in your mind's eye.

It is as if gold has been discovered!


When someone deeply listens to you,

your bare feet are on the earth

and a beloved land that seemed distant

is now at home within you.   John Fox


Generosity, gratitude and eternal thanks giving carry me through most days.


May we live every single precious moment.

May life continue to surprise us.

May we be free from suffering and it causes and conditions.


 With palms together and remember to always love,



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