Monday, November 7, 2016

My Recent Absence from the Blogosphere

My apologies for being absent from Republic of Gilead for the past few weeks. Several of my readers have worried about me during my absence, so I owe everyone an explanation.

Back in January, my father was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, and received chemotherapy treatments soon thereafter. As the year went on, my father declined, growing weaker each month as the cancer spread through his body. My mother served as his primary care giver (with the help of a visiting nurse and home care aid) during his final weeks. I took over yard work, errands, and other chores for my parents, leaving little time for my blog.

My father passed away during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 29th. My mother and I have spent the past week arranging the cremation, clearing out my father's belongings, and taking stock of finances and home repairs.

With so many responsibilities demanding my attention right now, I have little free time to blog. I'm not abandoning the blog, but I won't be able to post as often, at least for the time being.

Please keep my mother and me in your thoughts.


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  1. I am very sorry about the loss of your dad. (((((((HUGS))))))) to you and your mom...good to hear from you...

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    1. Mary Ellen -- Thank you for your kindness and hugs.

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  2. So sorry to hear of your loss, and you never have to apologize for a break...especially this kind.

    My dad passed away 2 years ago this coming January. Time makes the grief less consuming, but it is still strange to me that the world is turning without my father in it. I'm thinking of you and your mother. Take care of yourself and rest as much as you can.

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    1. Michelle -- Thank you for your condolences. The loss of a family member is a big upheaval.

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  3. Very sorry to hear the news, and of course take as much time for yourself as you need to take. I and many of us out here will be thinking of you.

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    1. Infidel -- Thank you. I need to deal with some pressing matters right now, but I hope to return to a steady blogging schedule in time.

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  4. You never stopped being in my thoughts.

    I know the path you and your mother just walked. Cancer sucks.

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    1. Connie -- Thank you so much. Cancer devastated my family.

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  5. Warm thoughts, gentle (((hugs))) Ahab. <3

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    1. Secularwings -- Thank you. I appreciate it.

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  6. Ouch. So sorry for your loss, Ahab. Your mother is lucky to have you.

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    1. Agi Tater -- Thank you for your kindness.

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  7. Sorry to see you've once again been absent for a while. Again, take the time you need for yourself and the family. When you're ready to come back, you'll certainly be needed -- especially now.

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    1. Infidel -- Thank you for understanding. We've been dealing with a mountain of responsibilities during the past two months, but we're making great progress. I hope to return to the blogosphere in 2017.

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  8. Belated condolences! I lost my mother to stage IV lung cancer... it's a very rough road. I'm so sorry for you and your family. xox

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    1. Knatolee -- Thank you for your condolences. I'm sorry to hear that your mother died from the same illness. I can imagine how painful it must have been for your mother to endure stage IV cancer.

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