I don’t often post updates on my personal life here, but I wanted to share a bit about why I’ve been MIA from the blogging world lately.
I have been dealing with quite a few health issues this year. It seems like one thing after another keeps cropping up. I was in physical therapy from November-February for chronic neck/shoulder pain (PT did not help). I ended up at a new doctor and a new physical therapist and I am finally starting to feel a bit of relief, thank goodness! During all of that, I had a neck MRI (bulging disks; cervical degenerative disk disease), a brain MRI and a follow-up brain MRA (normal), two thyroid biopsies (inconclusive), and an appointment with an oral surgeon regarding some red bumps on my gums (nothing serious, just a cluster of blood vessels).
So… I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Which means that I have read a sum total of 8 books this year. Yes, only 8.
Plus, my family just learned last week that my 29-year-old brother has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and will begin chemo this week. To say this came as a shock is a huge understatement. He and his wife have a 4-month-old baby.
To authors and publicists: I will fulfill my commitments for reviews, but I am about 3 weeks behind right now. I am working very hard to get caught up, but reading is coming very slowly to me. I ask for your grace and patience as I work through my backlog.
BEA Bloggers and BEA: I am still planning to attend both events and would love to meet up with any of my readers or professional contacts who will be there. Send me an e-mail and let me know so we can make plans!
Book Blogger Hop: This meme has pretty much fallen by the wayside. I am truly sorry. Due to all the stuff I’ve been going through this year, I have just forgotten about it, to be perfectly honest. I would love to bring it back as a weekly meme again, as that seems to be the most effective way to build community. Let me stew on it.
So, that’s about it. Right now I am finishing up a fantastic book called Not In the Heart by Chris Fabry. Look for my review this week.
Keep on Reading,