After blogging for over a year now, I found that there is a wonderful community of family history bloggers. Many of you began to feel like friends through the comments we leave for one another and the help we give one another.
It’s hard to know what and how much to share with people I’ve never actually met, but I feel like I owe you an explanation for my absence – especially those who read my blog regularly.
I started not feeling well back in April. High liver enzymes along with other weird symptoms led us down a path to try to find what was causing those high liver numbers and so we tested for about every virus and autoimmune disease there is. Always negative. And then my liver enzymes returned to normal and we thought I’d feel better.
But, more rashes and swelling and ….
Finally, I had a week when I felt that there were tender lymph nodes in my neck. Now we were headed in the direction of a diagnosis. Turns out I have a Non-Hodgkins lymphoma of the T cells – a kind that has a really long name. At first we thought it was the “easy” lymphoma, but this one is a little trickier. In addition to chemo, I’ll be having a stem cell transplant (my own stem cells) sometime in the process.
I had my first infusion of chemo a few days ago and I’m feeling pretty good. I have no idea what lies ahead. I’m just taking one day at a time.
I’m hoping I can find something easy to post to keep things going here – maybe a family recipe a week, or a family “treasure” – but I’ll have to see how it goes. I may sleeping for the next 6 months, for all I know!
Anyway – that is why I haven’t been here. And I haven’t been reading what you write either. And I miss it! And I miss you!