Alive and Kicking!

Hey everyone!

Long time no speak. This post is for who asked if I was leaving LJ/DW for good and I told her I wasn’t and that I would post soon…so here I am, posting.

What’s been going on:

Health – I had my bilateral mastectomy back in January. They did find breast cancer (stage 0/stage 1) in BOTH breasts, so having them do both sides was obviously a good decision. I go in for my final reconstruction surgery at the end of July. Based on the size and staging of the tumors and a lengthy discussion with the oncologist we decided simply taking Tamoxifen was the best course of action. I’ll be on it for 5-10 years. The only ‘side effect’ I’ve experienced so far has been fatigue, and frankly most of that can be attributed to the significant iron deficiency I developed post surgery. So now I’m on iron pills LOL.

Work – One of the nurses I work with left for another job closer to her house and I was given the opportunity to absorb her hours into my schedule. It’s not much money but it IS money coming and I’m happy, hubby is happy that I’M happy so any search for a new job has been temporarily suspended. Which also makes me happy 😀

Family – School is over, it turned out to be an AMAZING year so we’re happy about that. My in-laws are taking the entire family (us & my sister-in law’s family & my MIL’s sister) to the UK for two weeks – we’ll spend time in London, Scotland, Wales (YES I’M GOING TO IANTO’S SHRINE!!!!!) and then back through other parts of England. After that trip the kid will be going to spend some time with my parents while the hubs and I go back to work.

Writing – I have not written anything significant. There have been a few spurts here and there, but nothing concentrated. HOWEVER – With Lillian Francis’ encouragement, I’ve started making plans to self-publish ALL my old short stories in two single-author anthologies. It will be quite a while before they come out seeing as how I’m just now in the planning stages, but it is in the works. And again thanks to her encouragement along with LJ Hamlin I am FINALLY back into editing one of my completed novels. I’m making NO estimates as to when I might be submitting it, I’m still trying to find my footing, but at least I’m working on it. So there’s that.

It feels really good to be writing/editing again. I feared it would never come back. I’m still only editing, but I’m hopeful that eventually I will be actively writing again. I went through my WIP folder and there are so many WIPs that I’m hopeful once I get my feet wet with this editing that something will inspire me.

And finally – I want to thank all of you for your prayers, your well wishes, your thoughts, and your support. This has been a really hard time for the Thrace family and I wouldn’t have made it through without my friends. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

I’ll check back in probably in August after my surgery.

Have a great summer!

Katherine H (Thrace)

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