Well, I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been taking care of family stuff. As a single person with only two siblings, I don’t have much family*, and now I have even less.
My mom passed away on May 20, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. She had breast cancer in the 1990s, took care of it (we thought) then, but as often the case with breast cancer, it came back about five years ago after she had a hip replacement.
Although it stayed put for awhile in her hip bones and spine, her body eventually got used to the chemo being used, and she finally said “No more” to crazy treatments that just left her body more scarred and bruised.
I know she’s at peace now and continues to roll her eyes from above when I do stupid things. She’s with her parents and brother, and I’m sure she’s trying to explain Facebook and Twitter to them as we speak. She’s also probably trying to stalk Elvis, whose song “Suspicious Minds” played the last time I saw her smile while I sat next to her bed with my phone blaring Elvis Radio.
A few years ago she took over my Bar Belle column when I wrote for LEO Weekly. It was the annual Fake Issue, and I thought it would be funny to see what she would say. Here’s a link to that.
I will try to post more regularly, but just needed a moment of silence.
*Luckily, though, I have extended family and friends who I have adopted as my family — whether they have signed off on it or not.