I have been much occupied of late with a variety of matters, some pertaining to business, some pertaining to family, and I have long considered my attention to those matters to be pretty much all-consuming of my mental energies. Now however, a new issue has come to my attention.
I have cancer.
More specifically, I have a blood cancer which I am told is incurable and irreversible. It is a one-way trip. However, I am also told it is "indolent" which means very slow progression. I might even never notice further symptoms. On the other hand, I might.
The cancer's name is a polysyllabic challenge that I have yet to master but it's detection has been apparently confirmed. That being so, I have decided it shall not be kept a secret. I have informed my most immediate relatives and I shall keep them all apprised of the situation as it evolves.
My mother's family were prone to be secret keepers. They "didn't want to worry anybody" when situations like this arose. As a result, my mother lost her youngest sister to leukemia in 1964 without knowing what her sister's illness actually was until the day before her sister died. My mother's shock was beyond description and I want no such thing to happen to anyone, including members of LICN, in the event that my own illness should move in that direction.
I am now under observation and further testing is planned to ascertain in what direction things might go.
I expect later to have more to say.