Thanks so much for your kind words, Laurie. We’re constantly in touch via texts and phone calls, and are getting Skype set up as well. And not getting there isn’t an option: I will get to Paris, one way or another, whatever it takes.

I’m very lucky as my stepmom and I have always been completely open with each other, no filter, no barriers, so she’s comfortable telling me things she can’t talk about with my dad, and vice versa. They both know they can get in touch at any time of day or night if need be. Sometimes, you just need someone to listen while you unburden yourself.

The nuclear scan in a week’s time will tell us exactly where she’s at and the oncologist is holding off starting any protocol until we find out.

Meanwhile, I’ve found a cheap secondhand copy of the book you recommended and am ordering it.

Thanks again! 💛

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