Saturday, October 2, 2010

Life's Rough Places

Life can be precarious sometimes, as I'm sure you have noticed. Just when you think you have achieved a balance and are keeping all those plates in the air, you can suddenly find yourself peering over the edge of a dark and daunting place. That is what has happened to me in the last few weeks. What I thought to be a persistent skin rash has been diagnosed as T-Cell Lymphoma. The good news is that it is in the early stage and it is generally considered to be a very slow moving disease. The treatment at this stage is a topical steroidal cream and it may be a long time before anything more aggressive is called for. I have a dermatologist and an oncologist who are in agreement, so for now I think it is under control. Still, it has been frightening and maddening to have to face up to this reality. I am determined to stay informed and simply keep living the best I can and not ask 'why me?' One does not have to look very far to find others who have much more to bear. I am grateful for my wonderful family and friends who have sent me so much love.

And now, I am getting busy on my second book of poetry, "Dance on a Dirt Road, Poems for Life's Rough Places." This has been very motivating as I get deeply absorbed when I room for doom and gloom (I'm a poet, doncha know!). I'm hoping for publication by mid-December and it will be available on Amazon! Better get my backside in gear!


  1. Love you, Grandma!! I'm so proud of you and so thrilled that you're writing another book.

  2. I didn't know about your Amazon deal! That's awesome, Mom! It's going to be my favorite web link.

    I love you!

  3. You go, Mom! I am so proud to be your have such determination, strength, resilience, and talent -- and your ability to find joy in the midst of great challenges is so inspiring to me. I can't wait to see your new book!

    Love you to the sky and back!