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Hi Blog Friends,

April seems to offer us some promise - of warm breezes, birdsong, and an end to scarves and hats and socks and gloves. Or probably we've started to shed some of that already. 

Many of us have had our two shots of COVID vaccine and are feeling a bit more confident, and so looking forward to seeing friends and family and giving and accepting....HUGS!


The month of March brought a new set of circumstances for me, and subsequent life changes. I've wrestled with writing about it, not wanting to be a 'downer', or garner unwanted attention, but ultimately, the motivation to share comes from a need to say it and not hide it.

In mid March I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had subsequent surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC. IT went well, though I am minus some parts and still recuperating. I'll be starting chemo treatments in a couple of weeks and I'm gearing up for that.  

One of the major stand outs from the whole experience was the tremendous love, support, and prayers I received from friends and family. And JR, of course, who has stepped up to, and beyond the plate, to be there for me through it all. Not easy for a country boy to navigate the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn! 

I stayed at my daughter's in Brooklyn for a week when I was discharged, and that was so restful. I got to take some photos from my second floor window of her brownstone. Snapping photos grounds me in some way. 

So my blog may include some off the wall anecdotes about hospital, and/or doctors, nurses, etc. I'm a writer after all, and the broad spectrum of people and experiences I experienced in a week's time provided a wealth of material. The medical and nursing professions are an unbelievable group of people who give, and give, and give. Even if they annoyingly, and constantly, ask patients, "Have you passed gas?" It's like their hello.

Flowers on a hospital tray, shadows

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Fern Suess writes, snaps, and makes art. She recently published Tablecloth Nights, a Memoir, which can be purchased in paperback or e-book, at Amazon.com. She's happy with a camera or a book in her hand, likes to write and read in her car or in a coffee shop (pre-pandemic). She loves the smell of paint, works in mixed media, collage, and three dimensional concepts, and has exhibited in group and solo shows and outdoor installations. 

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