**Health update:  Sorry I’m not updating too much these days; my left hand is getting a lot worse.  My local doc has suggested it might be due to fluid buildup in the brain (hey, you don’t expect to come to my site w/o some gross medical conversation).  As I mentioned, I had my most recent scan a couple of weeks ago; at the time, I perceived that the results were inconclusive (not great, but at the very least, not worse).  However, turns out it’s a bit more complicated than that; yes, the tumor hasn’t grown, but it’s also not getting smaller.  And, though I walked away from the previous scan believing this thing was on the retreat, it turns out that was never really the case.  Nor is that expected from this line of treatment at all; best case scenario for this medicine is to keep the tumor from growing, which at this point appears to be about as much as conventional medicine can hope for (which, in an of itself, is a result the docs have been pretty happy with.  My local guy reminds me, “Stable is good in our business.”  I won’t complain.)

In the meantime, my treatments of Avastin continue every two weeks, and, aside from the hand, I feel great (which is another thing that’s not a small deal to the docs, given the angry nature of glioblastomas).  And, furthermore, God’s been showing up in various unexpected ways.  By way of some very generous & thoughtful gifts, I’ve got a little financial breathing room for awhile.  My car, Mr. Green, is holding steady, though my pirate claw hand is keeping me from taking it very far).  And my friends and family continue to be an amazing support when I need it most.  Thank you.

I just picked up a device that should help me put my handwriting to text, so hopefully that means more writing in the future.