Oh, Monica, my thoughts will be with you, and my prayers, too, if that means anything to you. <smile> I know how hard this has to be on all of you, since my grandfather lost his battle with cancer two and a half years ago, the week before Thanksgiving in 2003. I'll be praying for your aunt's recovery and for the rest of your family, since I know this is a lot of added stress on all of you. Let us know how things are going. Take care. Julie Morales ----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx> To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2006 8:13 PM Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Changing Directions Hi everyone. I had big plans for this summer, both regarding Bookshare work and fun time with my daughter. Life has thrown us a curve ball, and I don't know yet how it will impact my volunteer work here. We found out yesterday that my aunt has advanced stage breast cancer and will have to go through surgery and some sort of chemotherapy. It has moved beyond the breast, so bone and muscle have to be removed too. Complicating this is the fact that she has been caring for my 81-year-old grandmother who has significant heart and lung disease. My grandmother has a leaky heart valve, and has only 52 percent capacity for circulation from her heart. She is too weak for surgical repair of the valve. Both of them live in Indiana, 11 hours from where I live. Our family is going to need to spend the summer caring for both women and traveling back and forth in various configurations. My mother is afraid to fly, so most of our traveling will be by car. My 13-year-old daughter spent a lot of time with my aunt as she was growing up, and she's taking this news pretty hard. This whole thing hit our family sideways, and we're still trying to sort it all out. I will probably be chosen to run my father's business while my mom goes to Indiana during the surgery. If things don't go well, I will have to leave pretty quickly. I will release any books I have out for validation before we leave since I probably won't have computer access for awhile. So for now I'm still around and will finish the books I have out for validation. I'm not going to take on any new projects until I know more about what's going on. Thanks for listening to me ramble. (smile) Monica Visit my blog at: http://plumlipstick.livejournal.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.