A while back I shared with you that my sister was diagnosed with colon cancer in December. She underwent surgery and was given a good prognosis. She did not even need chemotherapy at that time because her cancer was staged at a 2A. We became a little alarmed in March when a routine scan showed some spots on her liver – but after multiple tests and two inconclusive needle biopsies and a consultation with a liver specialist…everyone seemed to think this was NOT cancer.
But with cancer, there are no guarantees and it is not always so straight forward. Unfortunately, my sister will be undergoing more surgery on August 20th. It will be a long recovery and I am intending to go to New Hampshire to be with her and her daughters for as long as they need me. This is my first priority – there is nothing more important right now. Kip is completely supportive of me going (now I know why God put him in my life) even though I could be gone for as long as eight weeks. I have been trying to get a NH Physical Therapy license which is being held up by a delay for an FBI criminal background check (which NH requires before issuing me a license). Unfortunately, NH is one of the very few states which does not have reciprocity for therapists currently licensed in other states…so even though I have been a PT for 22 years with an unblemished record, I still must wait. I would like to be able to do a little work in NH while I’m there…so keep good thoughts that things will go through before much longer.
With everything going on with my sister, as well as being more busy than usual with work, I have been late in responding to comments, not showing up on your blogs as routinely, and in general, being a little more silent than normal. It has been all I can manage to put up book reviews and giveaways, and do the two weekly memes I enjoy the most (Mailbox Mondays and Sunday Salon). I am (at last check) about 2000 posts behind in my feed reader. Don’t even talk to me about A Novel Challenge – although that continues to run smoothly because of Teddy who has been my partner in crime over there (thank you, Teddy – I could not do it without you!).
For awhile I was feeling guilty and bad because I know I am missing things in the community and not giving back as I used to – but, I also know that this is a community full of support and understanding. Many of you feel like old friends, people who I have come to know and respect…which is why I feel I can share this personal part of my life with you.
I have no plans to desert my blog. I’ll still be around…but just with a little more silence than usual. I’ve had people ask me if they can do anything for me – and what I tell them is “Pray if you are a praying person; and send good thoughts whether you pray or not.” Because I believe completely in the power of prayer and positive thinking.
Thanks for continuing to read my blog and taking this journey with me…