The longest months of my life.

I had a very long couple of months. For me it's one of those good news, bad news deals, except in this case the bad far outweighs the good.

Bad news first. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I spent most of my time both taking care of him and coming to grips with the situation. As a result, even when I did have the time to sit down and write, I simply wasn't in the emotional state to get any significant amount of work done.

The good news is that my family has been very supportive. We've had a constant stream of visitors and well-wishers coming in, many of whom were willing to help out in any way they could. Dad recently received his third chemotherapy treatment and is slowly getting stronger (he's getting out of bed more often, at least), which is also good. He had to retire sooner than he'd planned, though, and I think perhaps the loss of his job gets to him sometimes. At least if I were in that position it would get to me.

Even with that, though, the holidays still managed to be quite nice. Seeing my dad surrounded by family and smiling lifted everyone's spirits. We're told that the chances are good that the chemo will send his cancer into remission, and if that's the case it means I'll have my dad around for a few more years yet. Still, there's always that doubt in the back one one's mind.

This is the first time I've been able to really talk about the subject without getting all emotional, so I guess I'm getting used to the situation. I'm back to writing, which comes as a major relief because I need something to take my mind off of things. Well, something aside from video games. I've been playing the Playstation 3 I got for Christmas constantly, my way of trying to escape reality I suppose. If I'm going to sink my time into something, though, I prefer that it be something a little more constructive.

Work continues on my novel and I hope to get back on track with the blog soon. Just wanted to let you guys know I'm still alive.

10 comments:

Lilly said...

I hope everything turns out okay for you and your family. I've been missing your blog posts. I wish you all the best.

TheUnbeholden said...

Well at least your alive, thought you died what with the lack of news. Hope to see more blog posts soon.

adorkablepanda said...

I'm glad to hear from you and I hope everything turns out all right.

Mari said...

Good luck with everything. It must be devastating to be in that situation, and I wish you the very best.

RachAEL said...

Glad to hear you had a fairly good holiday.
No worries about writing this blog- take your time! Family comes first!
I'll be prayin' for your dad to get better. :)

pastiche-cain said...

I've never commented here but I think I should now. Hope your gonna be okay. Family always comes first and I wish you and your family all the best.

The Tempted Critic said...

Take as much time as you need to get back on track. <3 Hope your father is around for a long time to come!

Big Bad Blog Writer said...

Sorry about your dad. I hope his recovery keeps going as well as it has. :-) The snark can wait. ;-)

Liz said...

Take as long as you have to in order to post. We all just hope you and your family are okay.

mermaidbia said...

Hello there. I've only recently discovered your blog (always on the lookout for people who can pick apart Twilight's flaws better than I can; have you heard of Alex Day?) and your posts are extremely insightful and entertaining to read. I'm very sorry to hear about your father, and wish him the best possible recovery and all the best for your family! Do you plan to really pull through with all of this book eventually, and perhaps even the whole series? If so, I eagerly await your return! Take care - Bia

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