A sad update

I’m going to have to take a break from Sick Note for the worst possible reason: My mum’s lung cancer is back, and it’s very serious. If you’ve been following my work for some time, you might have read my post about Mum’s cancer for Splinter. She was diagnosed in 2018, and soon started receiving immunotherapy, which worked very well for quite a long time. We had some great visits, at home in England and in DC. That fall, she made my tiny wedding in DC so wonderful. She walked miles a week in the countryside around my childhood home, keeping her sane after lockdown started. She seemed quite fit and well, except for lingering cancer cells in her lymph nodes; the original tumor in her lung was gone. I found myself harboring a disgraceful amount of hope. I thought she might be

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