[pmwiki-users] A personal update

Sameer Kumar sksubscriptions at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 09:51:18 CDT 2008

It is good to know that the things are turning for the better. My heartfelt
wishes to both of you.


On Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com>wrote:

> I've been somewhat remiss in making the PmWiki community aware
> of my personal situation in 2008, so I figure I should catch
> things up now.
> In early January 2008 after several weeks of not feeling well,
> my wife Paula went into the hospital and we learned that she has
> ovarian cancer.  She immediately went for surgery to have
> the tumors removed, and since then she has been undergoing
> recovery, chemotherapy treatments, and otherwise been on
> disability leave from her work.  Obviously this has meant that
> the bulk of my attention these months has been on taking care of
> her and the rest of our family, with my paid employment and
> other projects taking a somewhat distant second.  As many of
> you have undoubtedly noticed, this also left me with substantially
> less time and energy for PmWiki.
> Today we have some excellent news to share -- as of this past
> week the CT scans and other tests show that Paula's cancer is
> in remission.  This means we have no more chemotherapy treatments
> or medicines to deal with (big yay!), and from here on we simply
> go in for examinations every few months to watch for any
> recurrence (which is unfortunately quite common for ovarian
> cancer).  We were hoping to be done with treatments in late spring,
> but complications with the chemotherapy mix caused things to take
> several months longer than planned.  But we've finally arrived
> at the desired outcome, and of course we're both relieved and
> happy.
> So, now that treatments are done and the kids are back in school,
> I'm hoping and expecting that I'll start having time and energy
> for more active participation in PmWiki again.  You'll have noticed
> that I've been monitoring the lists and commenting on issues
> from time to time as best I can -- that should continue to improve.
> Mostly I've been very grateful to see that the PmWiki community
> has continued to grow and prosper while I've been preoccupied,
> and my sincere thanks go to all of you who have continued to keep
> the community alive.
> And both Paula and I are grateful to all of you for your prayers,
> well wishes, and other forms of support over these many months.
> They have all been a huge help to us and lifted many weights
> from our shoulders.  If anyone has any questions or wants to
> know more about our experience, please feel very free to ask.
> Thanks again to everyone,
> Pm
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