Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hiaitus



So I have sad news, and it's sad news that has shifted on me. I have an aunt with cancer and she had a surgery in May that left us hopeful for a short time—then the tumors started growing back... and they thought six months to a year, but a second assessment had a HOLY COW that's fast, less than three months.

I had planned to go see her at the end of August—she is staying with my cousin in Arizona. But I talked to my cousin yesterday and all the signs indicate this is probably more a matter of days to a couple weeks rather than a couple months, so I am flying out to Phoenix tomorrow. I have no clue what my computer access will be at all, but I will definitely have other priorities, so I am taking the week off—possibly the one following with the exception of a guest spot I have scheduled.

And I'd like to share this wee bit of hard-earned wisdom. Don't let your families drift. I know it can happen—people you love have lives off in another place and you lose touch. Reach across the gap, would you? It is so sad to do so when you know how little time is left. My dad's family just has not been very close since my grandma died 33 years ago, but my aunt is a sweet woman and I wish I'd made the time to be closer.

And in other news... Happy birthday, JK Rowling and Harry Potter...

and

I am ALSO over at Ink in the Book http://inkinthebook.blogspot.com/ again today... only it isn't me... but it's ABOUT me... Talynn has written a little on the smarmy Jean-Jacques Georges...

28 comments:

Dru said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

maryww said...

Wishing you strength: and good for you for going there. It will bring great comfort to her, and in future you will be so glad you have done this.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Prayers for you and your family, Hart. Have a safe trip.

Old Kitty said...

Big big hugs to you lovely Tart! Take care
x

Jan Morrison said...

Hey sweetheart, good for you for going. Priorities become so clear by times. As to mending fences and staying in touch - true dat! All sorts of love for you and your family.

vbtremper said...

So sorry about your aunt. Safe journey and enjoy the time you have with her.

-Vicki

Becky Mahoney said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. I'm sure your presence will be such a huge comfort to your aunt. <3 My thoughts are with all of you.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Hart, that is very sad news. I'll be praying for you and your family and hope that you have a good visit with everybody.

Hugs,

Kathy M.

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

Prayers lifted for you all. Take care, Hart.

Teresa

Hart Johnson said...

Thank you all so much, my friends!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts

Ink in the Book said...

Have a safe trip and I'll say a prayer fr you. Families do drift apart and it's sad that it takes something tragic t bring us back together. My cousin passed away last week. It's been years since I saw him last...Safe journey.

KarenG said...

Oh this is sad. It's nice that you are going to support your family during this trying time.

Cherie Reich said...

Aww, I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Have a safe trip.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I'm so sorry about this Hart. Cancer is an evil disease. You're right about family. Going to call some right now.

Catherine Stine said...

Good luck with the visit, and take heart that your visit will mean a lot to her. Yes, family is so very important, and keeping open lines of communication.
Catherine Stine’s Idea City

Helena said...

My heart goes out to you and your aunt. A safe, peaceful journey for you both.

mshatch said...

very sorry to hear your sad news :(

LTM said...

Oh, TH! Prayers for you and your aunt. I'm thinking of you! ((more big hugs)) <3

Ella said...

Prayers for your aunt! I know this will be difficult, but I think it is so important to go~ Thank you for the great reminder, we do need to reach more often! You and your family are in my thoughts n' prayers!

Shirley Wells said...

Such sad news. Thinking of you and your family. And thanks for the reminder - you're right, we shouldn't let our families drift.

DMS said...

I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. I am glad you are able to take off and go to your cousin's house. Thanks for the reminder at the end of your post- we all need that every now and then to set us back on track. Thanks and sending good wishes your way.
~Jess

February Grace said...

Thinking of you <3

kimberlyloomis said...

I am so very sorry to read this news, Hart. May love, memories, and the support of good friends and family help you through this.

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Ciara said...

I'm so sorry, Hart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Adina West said...

So sorry to hear the reason for your absence, Hart - but I hope you have a wonderful visit with your aunt. It's something you'll be able to look back on and be very glad you did.

Hugs,
Adina
xx

Christine Rains said...

I'm sorry to hear your news. Good thoughts coming your way.