A Long Time Gone, But I’m Still Here

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August 24th, 2013

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to post more often. As you can tell, that didn’t exactly happen. On January 24, 2013, less than three weeks after my father suffered a major heart attack, I was diagnosed with Stage 2b, Grade 3 Triple Negative, Metaplastic Breast Cancer. (It’s very rare and very aggressive.) Since then I’ve had five surgeries, a hospitalization, eleven rounds of chemotherapy, and still have five more rounds of chemo and radiation to left to conquer.

Needless to say, this has brought my writing to a stand-still. I’m in the process of reediting my first novel, and am hoping to re-release it by the year’s end. I’ll try to keep everyone updated on what’s going on with both my writing and my health.

I was hoping to have the third book in the Thomas Hall trilogy, Taking Inventory, out by Christmas, but that will not be happening at this point. Infections, hospitalizations, exhaustion, chemo brain (Look it up, it’s a real thing!), and neuropathy have taken a toll on my writing. Hopefully 2014 will find me both healthy and writing away!

3 Responses to “A Long Time Gone, But I’m Still Here”

  1. So glad to see a post on here! I was wondering if writing might take your mind off of things and pass the time. Then I realized, watching the posts of you and another friend, that probably wasn’t possible. Although I see her go, go, go…I’ve talked to her and she tells me how exhausting it is. Hers is also a rare and aggressive (HER 4 or something like that) she’s had a double mastectomy and finished her chemo, now halfway through radiation. I know you both are fighters and will kick cancer butt! ♥

  2. Linda Eisenberg says:

    While we are all eagerly awaiting the publication of the next Thomas Hall book, your health is so much more important and we support you in all that you need to do to conquer this nasty disease. Prayers coming your way every day!

  3. Joy Collins says:

    Beth, You have been in my heart, thoughts, and prayers ever since I heard this. Joyce and I were proud to be your first publisher and I hope you will be able to get back to your writing when the time comes. I know chemo brain is real. I am suffering from grief brain and it is a bugger as well. You have a tough road ahead of you but I know you can do it.


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