Posted on December 9, 2017
An update here is long overdue; please excuse the long absence. The end of treatment was particularly strenuous – physical therapy and 5 weeks of radiation that ended in October. I’m still in remission and doing well, back at school teaching my amazing 7th grade kiddos in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and learning a lot since I’m teaching early American history this year!
Additionally, I’ve made a lot of progress with my album even though it was slow going for awhile, but I’m very excited to announce that I’ve reached the mastering phase. The challenge that I’m dealing with now is that I’m having trouble playing guitar due to complications from my operation.
I’m going to try more physical therapy and hopefully get to a better place where I can be more active as a musician again. It may take a few more months, but please don’t stop checking in and following my activity, especially those of you who have participated in this album and supported it long before my diagnosis all the way through treatment. I promise that I will release it and am so proud of what we have made together. I just want to be in a stronger place physically before I do.
Even though I haven’t been very active on this youcaring page for a few months, I’ve been dragging my feet on shutting it down and I’m still not sure when I'll take it down, but it will probably be soon (early January). This is difficult to articulate, but I’ve learned that even when treatment ends, it never really feels over. There will always be an element of not knowing what’s just around the corner. The support that you’ve given me here has been of great consequence to my life, not only because you saved me from massive amounts of debt, but also because you are my community and seeing your words of support here has given me so much courage.
The benefit concerts in Brooklyn, Brussels, and Lisbon also moved me more than you can know and helped me feel connected to what drives me in life when I was at the peak of my struggle and needed to remember. Thank you to all of you who came to share your songs, your presence, and your donations.
Please know that your contributions have gone beyond financial for me – your support has reached me in a myriad of forms. During this holiday season, I want to give thanks to you from my husband Carlo, my family, and from myself. We’re so grateful for your generosity and would like to encourage you to consider donating to other worthy causes at a time when there are too many catastrophes and injustices to name and to know that your giving has made a profound difference and continues to do so.
Aaaaand here’s a holiday picture of me, hair growing back in dark, wild and crazy curls in a sweatshirt with giant a T-Rex reindeer on it, which I’m the proud owner of after my work sweater swap this year.
Love to my amazing family, friends, fans & colleagues!