Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bet You Didn't Know That Today Is Thanksgiving, Did You?

Jim ringing the bell
Hi, all. I will have your regular chapter up by Friday at the latest. I'm just not really ready to post it. It's been a very busy week.

We're having a Thanksgiving supper at my place tonight and I've been trying to get things in order for that. I am having a hard time concentrating on writing this week.

I didn't talk about this on here because it was hard to talk about, and because I didn't want it to be that kind of blog. And because I was afraid and depressed and didn't want to bring it here. But what we are celebrating is my husband Jim's last PET scan. He is cancer-free. So we are celebrating, and I just want to focus on that today.

He wasn't cancer free for the last six months or so. He was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer, which had metastasized to his liver. .I've seen too many blogs that followed someone's fight that didn't have happy endings. Maybe it was superstition, I dunno. I don't like people to see me bleed, I guess.

He responded great to the chemo, thank God. He is cancer-free right now. The chemo kicked his ass...but while it was kicking his ass, he was kicking cancer's ass. That picture there is him ringing the bell in the chemo lab. When cancer patients finish their chemo, it's traditional to ring the bell. It's a great tradition. It gives a lot of hope to all the other patients, and gives everyone a goal to look forward to. We were so happy that it was finally Jim's turn.

So, if you're wondering what happened to the anthology, you'll be happy to know Marie has it in her hot little hands right now. The holdup was that Jim wanted to write a novella to include in the book. So while he was on chemo, he wrote a novella. It was slow going, because he had some pretty bad mind-fog, but he did it like a boss. In fact, quite a bit of the chapters you've been reading since November were written while I sat in an infusion center with him. I actually met McKenna, the author of Gunslinger's Grave, online while sitting in the chemo center with a laptop on my lap.

Anyways, that's what's been going on in our lives over here. If all goes well, the anthology should be out in a couple months at the most. And your regular chapter will be here Friday night at the very latest.

We have decided that today is Thanksgiving...so Happy Thanksgiving!

4 comments:

Katrie said...

WHOOOOOOOOO!!!! Congrats!!! :-D So happy for your family!! :-) Happy Thanksgiving indeed!! ^_^

Gina Shelley said...

Thanks, Katrie!It was such a wonderful family gathering. I had over twenty people at my house for supper and it was just so wonderful.

It was truly a reason to be thankful.

Erudessa said...

So SO happy for your family- Praise God for a miraculous healing!! Love reading your story- but take your time! Congratulations to your husband, and to you- Happy Thanksgiving!!

Gina Shelley said...

Thanks so much, Erudessa! It really is a miracle. His doctor was thrilled with the outcome.

Jim will still have to do maintenance chemo twice a month. We have to say "twice a month" because, as my daughter correctly pointed out, "twice a month sounds a lot less than every other week." But he's feeling good, and his hair is growing back (he didn't lose all of it, but it's very, very thin) and he's growing stronger. He no longer looks sick.

And we are just so thankful.

I'm glad you are enjoying the story! Thanks for the kind words!