Clearing Out the Cobwebs

06 May 2009

Although this is a personal blog, I don't put a lot of my personal life here. It is typically a place for my thoughts and ideas about what's happening out in the Edusphere and a bit about my working life. But things have been rather quiet around these parts as aspects of my personal life are demanding more of my time.

Some of you know that in February, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumor is about the size of a baseball. Its location did not make surgery a possibility. Chemotherapy was attempted, but left her so immune compromised that she can never have any more chemo. Radiation is also suspended unless her bone marrow becomes functional again and health improves. In the meantime, the tumor will continue to grow and take away her brain function.

In between dealing with this situation on a mainly long-distance basis (I have just made a trip to visit and will do so again next month, if she is with us), trying to keep up at work, and wrapping up my doctoral study, I haven't had a lot of headspace leftover for the blog. However, that hasn't kept me from marking things in Google Reader to comment upon or ended my interactions with teachers around grading practices and other things. It's just slowed them down. I hope you'll stick around.

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10 Comments:

OpenID leesepea said...

I'll stick around.

Can't imagine what you're going through.

You're in my thoughts.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Louise Maine said...

I will be here too. Will be thinking of you and your family through this difficult time. Your mom is blessed to have you.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Cheryl van Tilburg said...

I'm so sorry. Your readers will be thinking of you and your mom.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

We're a patient crowd. We'll be glad to hear your voice again when life permits.

I'm so sorry about your mother.

6:16 PM  
Blogger OKP said...

My thoughts are with you.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Hugh O'Donnell said...

Hey SG, I'll be here.

BTW, I take Pascal's Wager on the spiritual side of life, so I'll offer some prayers for you and your Mom.

Take care.

12:13 AM  
Blogger Kathryn J said...

Thoughts and prayers for your mom! I too am patient and glad that you are in my reader. Please remember to take care of yourself too.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Roger Sweeny said...

What Kathryn said.

1:46 PM  
Blogger danw said...

I so appreciate your posts that always cause me to think and consider new ways to serve my teachers and students better. I'll gladly lift you and your mom up in prayer as well.

Cheers

10:31 PM  
Blogger Jonathan M. Pratt said...

Just catching up on some reading this morning and discovered your post - so sorry to hear the news about your mother. I hope you both will be able to have as much quality time with each other as possible, and I'll be keeping both of you in my thoughts. Take care.

3:02 AM  

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