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Over the past two years, my mothers health has been slowly deteriorating.  She was weak and becoming extremely forgetful.  She's only 62, so we thought it was the medication she was on (for her diabetes).  Not having insurance (for the initial reason both her and my father have diabetes, and no insurance company would come near them, since it was a 'pre-existing condition') they were slow in getting a diagnosis.  When she forgot the name of her children and grandchildren they took her in for an MRI.  

It turns out she has a tumor that was pressing her brain into her skull affecting her memory and motor functions.  The neurosurgeon was very clear...If we did nothing, she would be dead in six months.  If we operated, she might get 1-1 1/2 years (2 at most).  the reason being they couldn't get to the whole tumor, but were trying for 90% of it.  Unfortunately, they couldn't get that 90% (but they did say they got close).  

Currently she can no longer form whole sentences, and can't feed herself, so someone has to be with her at all times.  We're hoping this changes with time, but presently we just don't know.  I'm not sure what will be done when she's discharged from the hospital.  I'm currently either going straight to the hospital from work, or skipping work altogether.

What this means for my art, I just don't know.  I do draw as a form of catharsis to escape stress, but right now I have no desire to do anything.  My family needs me right now and art is a low priority.  For everyone who has been asking me when I'm re-opening commissions, I'd have to say that those estimates will be postponed.  All 'MRP' and 'The Sacrifice' pages MAY be put on hold as well.  I say 'may' since I might feel like drawing in a week, or I might not feel like drawing for another six months.  I just felt I owed it to everyone to keep them informed in case I dropped off the planet for the time being.
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Baron-Denbigh Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I send you strength and support.
BoonofAries Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hi, Hombre... Uhm, I've loved your art on HF. Not for the obvious reasons, but the way you draw is really cool and your comics are amazing. I'm really sorry about your Mum. I know how it feels, I lost my grandfather two years ago and he was pretty much my dad. I hope everything is well, and keep your chin up. <3!
Dibs1337 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student
im so sorry to hear that dude, my grandmother from my blood family (i was adopted at birth) and she had something like that too but it wasnt a bad tumor to effect her like that...but she had a stroke from it and lost the use of her legs...i was only 6 or 7 when that happened but i understand how it feels when things like that happen...
Kazybarbarian Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm praying for you and your mom. please be sure to look into IVC.
Mamahub Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I'm sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way. Cherish all the time together that you can. Take care of your Mom, your whole family and yourself. Life is precious. Just remember you have lots of friends from the virtual world that are thinking of you during this difficult time.
heavyheart19 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
very sorry for this stressful time in your of luck and well wishes towards you and your family!
beatdown94 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
big love bro family health issues are always a killer, just stay tough man and know that even only in spirit and heart that the dA family are here for you :)
creationstar Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I am not liking of what will happen to both her and you.
dannysuling Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm preparing to go through this ordeal myself, with both parents, in the near future--though your situation is certainly worse than I am expecting to experience. The things one wants to say to you all sound trite--or else they're things you've already thought of or heard before. But from others' comments it's clear that your friends and colleagues here at dA (including me) are with you and thinking about you and wanting the best for you and your family. You seem to have a great and very open heart, and this is a rare thing.

Real life, as you make clear, sometimes intrudes on one's hopes and dreams. When that pressure is highest, it seems to me ya gotta ride with it, but on top of the wave as opposed to at the bottom of it. Putting your art aside for now, except when it can facilitate staying on top of the wave, makes good sense, to me at least. You'll know when the time comes to pick things up and move on. (This has certainly happened to me a few times in my life, as a musician.)

In any case, we here at dA will be riding a figurative shotgun for you. Hang in there!
ChazzleDazzle61 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
afare24get Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thoughts & prayers for your family and your spirit. It's hard; my mother was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago & underwent radiation & medication that left her bald and weak, and I stopped writing, just blogging to complain & scream, but once she came back I came back. I hope you too, come back, and soon, as you have a talent that shouldn't be stopped.

Blessings always ~ Julian
faustie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
my thoughts go out to you and your family.
KumiUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh no! I hope that things change for the better quickly because I certainly dont want this to ever happen to anyone.

Hope she gets better soon!
alpha7gunner Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I think I speak for all of us (plz I hope nobody flame me for that) that while some of us may not understand what youre going through, we are intelligent and heart enough that you should just go and take care and be with the woman who has helped raise into who and what you are and devote yourself to help ease her pain every or any step of the way. No need to concern yourself with us. We only hope for the best, and we are all rooting for ya to be the strong man your mom raised you to be.

Now I dont know if I have the right to do this since Iam not in any way related to you, as someone raised by a single parent I will hope and pray that you be strong, be with your mom and cherish how much time she may have...

I lost my I know somewhat how it feels...

I wish you as best as much as my beatin heart can shout. Stay strong, live well for your mom, and be a good man that she hopes for you to be.

Sincerely by,
(and to show my heartfelt sincerity, while trying my best to keep an alias, I will give my nickname my friends, family and colleagues call. This is Niki hollering and wishing the best from the archipelago of Indonesia)

Peace out, love your family, live a good life and as good man.
vinhluanluu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Family first, dude. Take care of your own; you'll come back to the art when it's the right time.
thEhappYemO Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Condolences from DA and ZU.

Keep your head up and hope for the best. We all support your decision.
Jaws976 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Best wishes to you and your family, I hope things turn around for the better, I'm very sorry to hear about all this, just make every precious moment together count, stay strong
Q-jii Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I don't know you but I know I'd go nuts if anything happened to my mom.

May you both be healthy and safe.
JakeEkiss Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Wishing her as much of a recovery as can be hoped for, but in the meantime keep yourself healthy and safe.
Alanza Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish the best for your mother.
There's not much more I can say that's already been said, but I really do hope that everything will work out.
Hang in there.
Drocpen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Do what you need to do, for your family and for yourself. Thank you for letting us know. You owe us no drawings.

We're sending good vibes your way. May you and your family find both strength and comfort in these difficult times.
prodigal-gamer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
I'm wishing the best for you guys, but speaking from experience, this is a grim situation.

In October 2010, my father was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme, a malignant brain tumor. It was not in the same critical location as your mother's, but we knew going into his first operation that-- if it proved to be a GBM-- they would not be able to resect the whole thing. Much as in your mother's case, the neurosurgeon had to leave more tumor behind than he had hoped. Dad was initially very weak, but bounced back fairly well and fairly quickly from the first operation. He went on to get radiation and another operation, deteriorating quickly the whole time. Finally, in July 2011, he died. Sadly, he spent most (or, at least, a lot) of the time from diagnosis to death in the hospital. Still we were able to celebrate one last Thanksgiving and Christmas at home, go on one final family vacation, celebrate one final birthday there in the hospital. So, my advice, spend the time you can with her. I spent a lot of time with my dad during his illness, and in retrospect, wish I had spent more.
Haraio Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Hoping for the best for your mother.
BeautifulBarefeet Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spend the time-precious time, you have with your mother. She needs you more now than ever. In the long run, you will be glad you did.
The art work will always be here & you can continue-probably better later on.
magiczak Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Hope everything will be ok for your mother.
Spend time with her, it's the most important for now.

Be strong with her. Good luck for her.

(excuse me if my language is not good enough, i'm french)
ChampionNeko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Take care of her and spend as much time as you can with her, this is the most important !
Danerogil Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Best of luck man, just hang in there.
Miasmahex-Vicious Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:tighthugs: I am sorry about your mom hon. I hope for the best for you all. I send internet hugs your way!
fightking Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Best to your mother and the rest of your kin Hombre, My Grandpa died a while back, I still Miss him.
RyaKun Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Love you Hombre.
Stay strong ok?

Message me if you ever need anyone to talk to.
J-W-White Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope for the best for you and your mother.

Stay strong man.
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