This is a hard letter to write. I will keep things brief and spare you the gory details.
On May 18 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. There is no family history of breast cancer, I breastfed both my girls for 18 mths and never thought something like this could happen to me... and it has. After the initial shock and trauma of dealing with the diagnosis and the horror of the treatment options, I gave myself a couple of weeks to decide how I wanted to go about this and who I felt confident with on the medical side of things. I am currently having chemotherapy and the rounds are three weeks apart. I have a pretty bad 8 days and then I start feeling good. This will continue until mid October.
On the upside, I am feeling mostly really positive and while this is the hardest experience life has thrown at me I am pretty good at rising to a challenge. The endless love, care, support and generosity from my beautiful family and friends has been life affirming and humbling.
I hope to be singing and playing a lot of guitar and writing, but performing will be on hold for a bit. I am not too sure how much you all want to know about where i am at and how i am going with this. If you do want me to keep you updated, please send me an email so i have a bit of an idea.
I am reading a lot (amazing how much time I have now I am not constantly drumming up business for myself) and my faves are "Foals Bread" Gillian Mears, "Life and Times of Michael K" J.M Coetzee, and "Rain Gods" James Lee Burke. Listening to a lot of music too. "Nothings gonna change the way you feel about me now" Justin Townes Earle, "Queen of the Minor Key" Eileen Jewell, and "Somebodys Opus" Starboard Cannons (to be released next month, will let you know about it closer to the date and its a cracker of an album).
That's me done. Here's to love and laughter for all in ridiculous amounts.