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I'm still alive. Plus, big news.

April 10th, 2020 at 05:08 pm

Geesh. I was thinking about you guys today and when I logged in I realized it'd been a whole year since I posted last. That's probably a jerky move for a cancer patient. Y'all probably thought I was dead!

I'm happy to report that I AM STILL ALIVE!

A lot has happened. A LOT. I'll try to keep it short and organized.

1. I'm in remission. What does that mean? I have no visible tumors on my CT scans. As of February this year.

This is HUGE because it rarely/never happens for stage 4 kidney cancer patients. Like 5 percent chance, and I made it. I don't know why, but I made it. And I am thankful.

Of course, it's not the end. This could last a month or ten years. No one knows. The treatment is brand new, so I'm on the front edge of people this is happening to. There's no data about what happens next. So, I'll stay on treatment for two more years, and just hope it lasts.

2. In other news. I have released three books since last February, and my new/latest series is a HIT. So. I'm over the moon. Book 3 of the new series drops May 31. AND, I just signed an audiobook deal with a traditional publisher for this new series. Also big.

So other than COVID-19, 2020 has been a banner year for me!

We are in statewide shut down. But dude. We can't complain. We lived through Hurricane Katrina, so by comparison, this is a much easier to deal with crisis, at least as far as riding out the storm. Stay home with food and Internet? Okay.

Of course we take it seriously,because I'm at high risk, but we're taking it in stride.

I hope all of you are doing well!

28 Responses to “I'm still alive. Plus, big news.”

  1. GoodLiving Says:

    This is fantastic news! Continued good health to you!

  2. starfishy Says:

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous news - I am so happy to hear it. Best wishes for staying healthy through these next few months and congrats on the books! Smile

  3. Wink Says:

    Great news!!!! I am so happy for you and your family!

  4. Sue Says:

    That's wonderful news. Keep healthy and keep safe!

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Hooray!!! I chose to believe you were alive and busy enjoying said life with your family, but I'm still soooo glad to hear from you!

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Have thought of you so many times. Your news gives me goosebumps! Wonderful!

  7. GratefulSaver Says:

    You made my day!!! ((Hugs))
    (Former NJDebbie)

  8. My English Castle Says:

    How wonderful to see Thrift back! Been thinking about you and your boys.

  9. Fern Says:

    You ARE DOING fantastically. I am so glad to hear from you. wonderful news on your audiobook. Congratulations! And your remission, of course!!!

  10. Laura S. Says:

    I am thrilled to hear from you. I thought of you so often during my cancer journey this past 7 months (stage 4 remission now too). When I would feel sorry for myself and wondered if I would live, I thought my kids are grown and look at Thrift with young boys. I am so happy you are doing so well!

  11. MonkeyMama Says:

    Everything about this is awesome!

  12. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    WOO HOO! Congratulations! So excited and happy you are doing so well!

  13. ThriftoRama Says:

    Laura, I am so sad to hear you had ovarian cancer and so amped to hear you are in remission!! It's so so hard, isn't it? But the only way out is through.

  14. creditcardfree Says:

    @Thrift, Congratulations on making it to remission and have great success with your books!

    @Laura, I'm happy to hear you are in remission as well.

    May you both continue to be well.

  15. crazyliblady Says:

    That is fabulous news all the way around! I could not be happier for you.

  16. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    This was an awesome post to read today!

  17. Petunia 100 Says:

    What a pleasure to hear from you, and so much fabulous news to boot!

  18. Amber Says:

    So glad to hear from you. Congratulations on the remission and the book deal. Praying for you

  19. VS_ozgirl Says:

    So lovely to hear you’re doing well and have landed an awesome book deal - congratulations!!!! You’ve done well 😊.

  20. CB in the City Says:

    That is absolutely wonderful news! Thank you for checking in, and congratulations on your literary success!!

  21. Lucky Robin Says:

    I am excited to hear you are doing so well and almost as excited that there are new books and you are doing so well with them. Looking forward to reading them.

  22. terri77 Says:

    This is the best news!!! I’m so happy! ❤️

  23. rob62521 Says:

    So good to hear from you! Glad you are in remission! You are a warrior!

  24. LifeBalance Says:

    So happy for you! What fantastic news. I hope you have had or are having now a true healing. Happy Easter!

  25. Dido Says:

    Very glad to hear from you--I was wondering--and congratulations on the book releases, the ratings on the latest boo, and the audiobook deal!

  26. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    What an exciting update. It's nice to hear good news in a time like this. I also lived through Katrina, but this is so much worse for me. I think with Katrina, my life was already in transition (I flew to Boston for college on the Friday before it hit), so it didn't hit me as hard.

    Anyways, I hope 2020 continues to treat you well!

  27. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Im late to this party...but OH SO HAPPY to hear that youre doing well, and that your books are a hit! I have thought of you and your family many times and am so glad to hear youre OK!! Hugs!

  28. Broken Arrow Says:

    Sorry if I am responding late, but just wanted to say hooray to you on remission! Hope things are still good for you guys.

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