This Woman’s Work – Thinking About Marsha


 Photo by FOX/Kelsey McNeal

Photo by FOX/Kelsey McNeal

Recently,  So You Think You Can Dance put on a TV special showcasing the best dance routines of their five seasons.  I was moved to tears with when Producer/ Judge Nigel Lythgoe selected the Season 5 performance of  Ade Obayoni and Melissa Sandvig as his overall favorite .

It was a piece dedicated to story of the fight against breast cancer was created by the choreography, Tyce Diorio,  for his friend.

“Before the performance, choreographer Tyce Diorio explained, ‘I just felt compelled to talk about breast cancer and a friend who was faced with it.” ( Yahoo TV Blog, July 23, 2009, Christina Le Nguyen)

Marsha is not struggling with breast cancer but her Hodgkins Lymphoma has returned. She is now being taken care of  by a hospice at home. She has been so brave in her struggle. This woman has been so important to my life.

I cannot tell you how critical the work for the cure to breast cancer and any cancer is to everyone.  It is a disease that has taken way many of the women we have loved ( and also the men we have loved in our lives).

My heart is heavy and this dance routine was able to bring to life the emotions in my heart for my lovely friend who is like my sister, Marsha. She is the epitome of courage and strength.

This Woman’s Work – Lyrics and Song by Kate Bush


Pray God You Can Cope
I’ll Stand Outside
This Woman’s Work
This Woman’s Worth
Ooh, It’s Hard On A Man
Now His Part Is Over
Now Starts The Craft… Of The Father

[Bridge]
I Know You’ve Got A Litte Life In You Yet
I Know You’ve Got A Lot Of Strength Left
I Know You’ve Got A Little Life In You Yet
I Know You’ve Got A Lot Of Strength Left

[Course]
I Should Be Crying But I Just Can’t Let It Show,
I Should Hoping But I Can’t Thinking,
All The Things We Should’ve Said That I Never Said,
All The Things We Should Have Done That We Never Did,
All The Things We Should’ve Given But I Didn’t,
Oh Darling Make It Go,
Make It Go Away…

Give Me These Moments,
Give Them Back To Me,
Give Me A Little Kiss,
Give Me Your…

(I Know You’ve Got A Little Life In You Yet)
Give Me Your Hand Baby,
(I Know You’ve Got A Lot Of Strength Left)
Give Me Your Pretty Hand,
(I Know You’ve Got A Little Life In You Yet)
Ooh My,
(I Know You’ve Got Alot Of Strength Left)
Your Love Child,
(I Know You’ve Got A Little Life In You Yet)
Whatever You Need,
(I Know You’ve Got A Lot Of Strength Left)
Give Me Your Hand,
(I Know You’ve Got A Little Life In You Yet)
Give Me Your Hand Babe
(I Know You’ve Got A Lot Of Strength Left)

I Should Be Crying But I Just Can’t Let It Show Baby,
I Should Hoping But I Can’t Thinking,
Of All The Things We Should’ve Said That We Never Said,
All The Things We Should Have Done That We Never Did,
All The Things That You Wanted From Me,
All The Things That You Needed From Me,
All The Things We Should Have Given But I Didn’t,
Oh Darling Make It Go Away Now,
Just Make It Go Away..

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2 thoughts on “This Woman’s Work – Thinking About Marsha

  1. Hey babe! Not so fast! (Sorry I missed your birthday!) I’m still here, alive and well!!! I have Hodgkins Lymphoma, not Leukemia. I still live in my little house, although I had to find a new home for the Mao sisters, I couldn’t take care of them any longer (those are some big cats!!).

    I haven’t had much trouble with the cancer as much as with a persistant anemia, which I get transfusions for every couple of weeks and feel much better. My daughter, Leslie makes my appointments and goes with me, she is a sweetheart. Annie comes on Wednesdays and James comes on Sundays to do some house keeping, it’s just washing dishes, vacuuming and taking out garbage.(Thank God for my children, even some of the older grandchildren help) I still do everything else myself, I just made a lovely pot of chili all organic!! I do all the grocery shopping etc. I love the carts they have at Costco!! One ole guy asked if I wanted to race!!!

    I do have hospice, they come to the house to see me. Frankie, the nurse, Dan, the Chaplin (he’s mormon, it’s a kick), Kayleen, the massuse(sp) comes and gives me massages and Yetta the social worker.

    I’ll leave in a couple of weeks for Mesa. Daddy is having knee replacement surgery and I’m going to help take care of him. You know what a daddy’s girl I am.

    I know I look more and more like a walking skeleton, but hey, I’m still going strong!!!! I’ve got to come to Castro street next year!!!!!!! Love you little bro, Marsh

  2. Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

    I am so glad you write. I actually tried to call you and and got no response. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I thought you were in some facility. I made the corrections to my post.

    It is so good that your children are there helping you out. It would have been fun if you had raced that guy in the grocery story.

    Now that you have all that personal staff visiting you at home giving you massages and stuff, you better make it out next year for the Pride Parade or Castro Street Fair in your new Size 2 figure.

    I hope to talk to you soon.

    Have fun in Mesa and give my love to Papasun and Mamasun!

    JP

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