HEALTH (Mama’s): need your prayers/good thinks

My (Shalanna’s) mother, Jodie, has been diagnosed with carcinoid cancer of the digestive tract, which explains a lot of her suffering over the past few months (the GI bleeding, the suffocation, the panic attacks–all from the hormones from these endocrine-related tumors), and on Tuesday the 22nd (Hubby’s birthday!) they’re doing a CT scan to look at her liver. If this stuff moves to the liver, it is no longer curable, they tell us–so PLEASE pray that her liver is clear and lymph nodes are clear, that we can take care of this with surgery. This type of stuff doesn’t respond well to chemo/radiation, they told us. She has carcinoid syndrome, they think, which floods the body with serotonin; you’d think that would be good, but it isn’t, in excess.

If you are so inclined, please pray for her, and for an all-clear result–or if you don’t pray, then please send her some positive energy or a spell. We’ll be grateful for any and all support.

I guess that little streak of good luck had to end, after all. Balance uber alles. But anyway, it’s another bump in the road.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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