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Why yes, I am still alive!

October 5th, 2017 at 01:10 pm

Oh my gosh, I've been gone forever!

I hope I didn't worry anyone, given my horrific summer of surprise cancer and surgery. Alas, I have survived, and I am back to normal, like nothing happened at all. Moving, running, working out, all of it.

(Except I managed to pull an ab muscle, so I'm sitting here with a heating pad, but hey. I'll take it.)

It's almost surreal. Other than a few tiny scars, no one would know anything happened to me at all. In fact, most people-- apart from you guys and my very close friends and family-- don't know!

Since it was a quick cancer with a surgery and no chemo, I opted not to share the news with everyone (you know, parents at school, social only friends, etc.) because I didn't want them to think of me as sickly or to treat me differently. I didn't want them to worry about me, unless there was something real to worry about.

So yeah. That's good. It still blows my mind, though.

I guess the good news is that I haven't been here as much because I was

A. Finishing my 4th novel. (woot!) I managed to write it and finish a 70k word urban fantasy novel over the summer, despite the kids being out of school and being out for a month recovering from surgery. I still don't know how I did it!

B. Editing my 2nd novel and getting it ready to release on Nov. 15.
C. Working on random author stuff, like getting out there and connecting with readers who might like my stuff.

Financially, the medical bills played out in the best case scenario. I waited all summer for a big bill to come, but it didn't. My biggest expenses were the copays for my ER visit, and for my surgery, which were about $1500 up front.

I paid about $3000 out of pocket for everything, and the bills came just far enough apart that I was able to pay them out of pocket instead of dipping into savings. So that was a huge relief.

Of course, that meant I was not able to put money back into savings to replace the 9,000 we spent on a roof right before I went into the hospital. Sigh. But, I am plugging away at that, putting about $700 a month back into it. And just hoping that I will still be cancer free when I go in for a CT scan in January.

So yeah. I missed y'all!

13 Responses to “Why yes, I am still alive!”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Welcome back! Not that you've been gone THAT long. So glad you're feeling back to normal and congrats on finishing your 4th novel! Impressive!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    So great to hear from you! Congrats on getting strong and getting on with your writing!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Great to hear from you! Sounds like you have kept busy writing too!

  4. Carol Says:

    So good to hear from you! Wow, you have been busy (and productive!). Stay well.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    So happy to hear that everything is looking good with your health right now and the medical bills were not crippling. Also, it is wonderful you were able to write a novel with your kids around. So, how is the first novel doing financially?

  6. snafu Says:

    So happy to see your blog update. Wonderful that surgery had a 'no drama recovery' and no adjuvant therapy. Delighted you've Book 2 ready for November release and amazed Book #4 has been completed. Wow!

  7. My English Castle Says:

    Glad to hear everything went well. You've been busy and productive!

  8. Amber Says:

    So glad to hear from you and that everything is well.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    So glad you are fine. Smile

  10. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Congratulations and glad everything went so well

  11. terri77 Says:

    Glad that you're back to your old self!

  12. Dido Says:

    Happy to hear everyting is going so well. STAY healthy!!!!

  13. Karen Says:

    So glad everything went well. Onwards and upwards !

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