On September 16, 2008 my husband suffered a grand mal seizure and was rushed to the hospital where he was eventually diagnosed as having an anaplastic astrocytoma. Three, in fact. He went through chemotherapy and radiation and spent many months battling this disease.

I’m a grief counselor and have another blog on loss after a breakup at http://GettingPastYourPast.wordpress.com and a book Getting Past Your Breakup

The GPYP community there is very special to me and the blog is a great source of sharing and comfort to thousands of readers each day who are going through a breakup. Because I wanted to keep the GPYP blog to stay as it is, a safe community for those going through breakups, without my personal distractions, I started this blog.

To avoid making THAT blog about this journey through Michael’s illness and death, I started this blog where I have and will share personal insights, lessons on grieving, medical information and sharing.

There may be posts on both blogs because both are about grief and working through but this one will be more focused on the non-breakup grief process and issues for caretakers of cancer patients.

I invite everyone to exchange information, talk about their journeys and join the discussion. Rope Burns might feel soley about my journey through Michael’s illness but I invite others who are family members and caregivers of people with cancer to share here when needed. I know I get intensely personal in my posts but a lot of what I am sharing is just a personal twist on universal experiences with cancer and illness. I invite others to share here as well.

If there is something you would like to see written about here or information exchanged with others, please let me know. Thank you.

Peace ~ Susan

sj_elliott@verizon.net

UPDATE: Michael passed away on August 17, 2009, exactly 11 months and one day after his seizure. The blog here continues on about my process through the grief, information for cancer families, and information (academic) on grieving. I want to thank my GPYP readers for the great support they’ve given and continue to give me.