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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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:iconbaron-denbigh:
I send you strength and support.
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:iconariestheshadowlurker:
AriestheShadowLurker 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!
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:icondibs1337:
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...
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Kazybarbarian Aug 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
I'm praying for you and your mom. please be sure to look into IVC.
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:iconmamahub:
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.
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:iconheavyheart19:
very sorry for this stressful time in your life......best of luck and well wishes towards you and your family!
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:iconbeatdown94:
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 :)
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GenesisStar20 Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I am not liking of what will happen to both her and you.
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:icondannysuling:
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!
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ChazzleDazzle61 Aug 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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