The Year the Swans Came –

Growing up amidst cobblestone walkways of an ancient city, best friends Ruth and Maidy live next door to one another. Stunningly beautiful, Ruth has always insisted she will marry Pieter, Maidy’s eldest brother, only to have him vanish the year swans first visit the city. Is his disappearance linked to the arrival of the swans, … Continue reading The Year the Swans Came –

What’s in a name?

To those of you who on occasions scan my musings I hope over the past six months, I’ve managed to keep you royally entertained. Long may it continue – I hear you shout. Nevertheless, the be-all and end all of a author’s life is to sell books and despite the brilliant reviews for 'The Year … Continue reading What’s in a name?

MarySmith’sPlace ~ Whatever’s next means more waiting! Cancer update#39

Mary Smith's Place

Monday, 16 August: Just a quick update to let everyone know how my meeting with the oncologist went today.

A biopsy of the lump in my neck, formed by three small lymph nodes, had shown metastatic adenocarcinoma; the CT scan was to find out where else the cancer may have spread.

The good news is that it seems not to have spread anywhere else and is, so far, confined to those lymph nodes.

Chemotherapy isn’t really an option. I can probably explain why not after I listen again to the recording of our meeting but as the recording is over an hour I’ll have to search for relevant bits to pass on. The oncologist does seem to think, however, that a four week course of targeted aggressive radiotherapy could be a useful treatment, even if not curable.

I need to replay our discussion, in particular listen to the probably…

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My Guest Today is Author Stephanie Churchill

(first published in Two Sides to Every Story 2019) A few factsStephanie Churchill grew  up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and earned a degree in political science and history at a private college in the wilds of Iowa’s cornfields.  After graduating, she worked at a small boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. in the fields of international … Continue reading My Guest Today is Author Stephanie Churchill