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Grab your tissue box…

As you know, Mom has been sick with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumor since early 2013. She’s had to spend many weeks each year in the hospital because of complications, most recently two long hospitalizations this last summer for a medication problem coupled with a chemotherapy reaction, and then the sudden appearance of mini-seizures.

However, she did managed to bounce back enough for us to bring her back home in October after a stay in a rehabilitation facility. She’s been a happy little clam to be home, with a sweet disposition and a big grin whenever we gave her treats. While unable to get up and walk without the assistance of both Dad and I (because of weak knees and no sense of balance), we were able to have good family time, talk, watch TV and movies, and she could easily feed herself.

A day and half before Christmas Eve I saw signs of more mini-seizures. After talking with her doctor we started her on another medication in hopes of controlling them. I was able to get 2 doses down her, but on the morning of Christmas Eve she had gone weak, could barely talk, and was going from one rolling mini-seizure to the next. We then had her airlifted to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.

Her mini-seizures did not want to calm down. At one point she was having over 100 at night. They kept adding more medications and higher doses. Finally, after her still having them, and her sleepiness after each one getting longer and longer, they transferred her to the ICU to be more aggressive. They also ordered an MRI to see if there was something going on with the tumor or something else that could explain why they were having so much difficulty.

The next day the MRI didn’t happen because the ER was slammed and with one of the hospital’s machines down, the ER had to have priority. Late in the next day she finally got her MRI. By this time she was constantly sleeping. The thought was that it was because of how sedating the anti-seizure meds were.

Early the next morning the doctors came in with unexpected news. At some point Mom had had a massive stroke that took out most of the right frontal lobe and into the rear right lobe. They said there was nothing more they could do. I called her neurologist-oncologist and he came by the next morning and went over the MRI scans with Dad and I, did an examination and looked over the records of her current stay in the hospital. He concurred. The main blood supply to the right side of her brain had become blocked, killing much of the tissue on that side. On top of that, even though he couldn’t prove it from the MRI, there were strong indications that the left side of her brain was also damaged.

In other words, her being asleep wasn’t because of the mini-seizures (and not because of any tumor growth). One of the times she’d fallen asleep after a mini-seizure and the stroke hit. She went to sleep and just didn’t wake up.

Unfortunately she was never going to wake up. After talking it over between us and the doctors, and knowing Mom’s wishes, we had to make a very hard decision. We transferred her care to Hospice and took her out her feeding tube and any IV nourishment and fluids. That was on January 1st.

Mom was not in any pain and she wasn’t been in any discomfort. She even sounded like she was just sleeping and had a very peaceful expression. They kept her on the strongest of the anti-seizure meds and regularly administered pain meds to make sure she was as comfortable as can be. Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix Arizona was wonderful to work with through this process.

The hardest part? The waiting while her breathing became more labored. She had a lot of lung issues and had problems with pneumonia and bronchitis and she always feared drowning in her own lungs. Hearing her lungs slowly fill up as time went on was torture.

At 10:25am on Sunday after over 10 days without food or fluids, her body finally gave up, just after I had gotten up that morning. It was like she waited for me. She was always a little fighter, proved by having survived her GBM longer than the average, and she just kept going and going and going like the energizer bunny. The nurses and aids were surprised. Dad and I were not.

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Keep Mom, AKA Mother Hen, in your thoughts and prayers. You were a truly unique and lovable person. You are greatly missed.

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New Release: When the Skies Fell (The String Weavers – Book 6)

TSW6-350HA return to the one place she should not go.

A band injury forces Kelsey Hale and her team to return to space station Sanctuary, the last remaining Weaver refuge among the multiple Universes. Not a good place to go considering the Weaver Council wants to take away her Weaver band. Kelsey turns the risky visit into an opportunity to learn more about Professor Hadrian’s ultimate plan for his Phoenix Eggs. Only one other person might know: Dr. Rozelle Mallard, his former aide and traveling companion.

Professor Hadrian arrives on Sanctuary to heal his own band injury and he will do anything necessary to keep certain information forever secret. He knows of a way to silence Rozelle while also stealing Kelsey’s Phoenix Eggs. Never mind that it will kill the both of them.

He forgets the Weaver team he is dealing with.
He forgets Kelsey’s determination to never give up.
He forgets what Phoenix Eggs really are.

Join Kelsey Hale in a coming of age science fiction adventure across alternate universes and encounters with alien planets, species and societies. Thrust into a dangerous journey to places she could have never imagined, she is determined to discover the truth of her mysterious past. A truth that will change her life forever.

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A New Smile and a Thank You Gift

I have an update to my last post.The String Weavers 350H

THANK YOU to everyone who were in a position to help out. It meant that Mother Hen could get the work done on her teeth.

The badly broken and cracked tooth was pulled, and it came out easily without complications. It’s still in the process of healing, but so far so good. Plus, where the broken tooth had been cutting into the inside of her mouth has now healed.

Win win!

On top of that, her badly chipped front tooth is now fixed. She keeps looking at it, amazed that she can’t see where it was broken and repaired. She smiles so much easier now.

And we love her smile. A smile is such an important thing.

So, again, thank you.

As a way of rewarding everyone’s kindness and kind public and private notes, here are two goodies:

When the Skies Fell TSW6-350HBook 6 of The String Weavers has been released (and will soon have an announcement post here). As a thank you, here are coupon codes for the first and new sixth book. Coupons are good for a full week starting today!

The String Weavers (The String Weavers – Book 1) – $.99 (Originally $4.99) – Coupon Code: CA96X

When the Skies Fell (The String Weavers – Book 6) – $.99 (Originally $6.99) – Coupon Code: FU43J

Enjoy!

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New Release: The Tower of Epnos (The String Weavers – Book 5)

Yep, Kelsey and crew are back! Mother Hen likes several new characters in this book, and I hope you do, too!

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An ancient enemy may still lurk among the Universes…

With Kelsey Hale’s team reunited, she soon learns just how the Eebra-Shee have protected so many for so long against an enemy who destroyed entire Universes. But, she knows something they don’t: That a Nief-Pirae ship somehow escaped the Veil designed to keep them contained.

A special investigation team of String Weavers and Eebra-Shee Masters soon arrive at a distant, and strangely hostile, Tower. The mysteries deepen with the discovery of disturbingly familiar technology on the planet, a government who wants the Tower gone, corporations run-amok, and a Tower strangely weakened.

They must find the answers, and soon. At stake is every life-form, planet, sun, and universe among the infinite multi-universes.

Join Kelsey Hale in a coming of age science fiction adventure across alternate universes and encounters with alien planets, species and societies. Thrust into a dangerous journey to places she could have never imagined, she is determined to discover the truth of her mysterious past. A truth that will change her life forever.

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The String Weaver and Mother Hen Update

The Zerralon serial is still going strong. To start at the beginning, click on the “Free Fiction” tab at the top of the page.

But, other things have been going on, as well. Mother Hen had a new surgery in late May to take out the part of the tumor that was operable. Yes, there is part that is inoperable. In any case, she came out of this with more side-effects than the first surgery. Her left leg is not as strong and its caused her to trip and fall several times. She’s also having issues with her balance.

Mother Hen is now in physical therapy to help with her leg strength as well as to improve her balance. We’re into the second week of it now and I’m seeing an improvement on the latter. The strength part is going to take longer.

On top of this, she’s also started on Avastin. This is not a chemo drug. Instead, it blocks the tumor’s ability to trigger the body to create new blood vessels to it. Basically starving it a little so it can’t grow as big or as fast. Too early to know if this is doing any good.

We have a new MRI coming up to see how the tumor is doing. I’m really not sure what it will show. She’s had some odd symptoms lately that could be from the healing from the surgery, but it could also be because of tumor growth. We’ll soon know!

In other news concerning Mother Hen, the next story in the String Weaver series is finished! yes, the “Mother Hen String Weaver Project” is still puttering along. She’s now reading the book after this one, and the book after that is waiting for her.

The DividersSorry guys. She gets to learn what happens to Kelsey before anyone else. 😛

So, here is the new release!

The Dividers (The String Weavers – Book 4)

The chase reverses, and the Weavers become the hunted.

Dangerous pulsing in the Strings trap Kelsey Hale’s Weaver team in a place Captain Delphi Winters recognizes: Universes she and those of her Universe escaped many years before. A Universal Group filled with creatures who have harnessed Phoenix Eggs and the division of Universes for their own destructive gain. A whirlwind of rebellions, old friendships, and new enemies test them as never before.

But Professor Hadrian’s shadow casts darkness even here, in the unexpected discovery of a piece of Kelsey’s past.

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