It’s now just on two months since I headed up to London for major surgery to remove a massive GIST stomach tumour – and with it, the whole of the stomach itself, along with the spleen. I’m pleased to report that my recovery has been excellent: everybody from the surgeon down to my local GP, has expressed amazement at the speed of my recovery. Life in nearly all respects, is now almost back to normal: I’ve even resumed part-time work, for just a (very) few hours a week. I’m deeply grateful to the host of friends and supporters who supported me through this time, with prayers, candles and Masses, from at least four continents that I know of. I’m convinced that this wave of support carrying me had something to do with that rapid recovery.
The disruption to my life caused by this, with frequent medical appointments and associated anxiety has been partly responsible for my much reduced activity here at QTC, over the past few months in particular. Now, I’m pleased to say, I’m “Back in the saddle, again”.
However, there’s another, more serious reason for my slowdown – and for getting back in that saddle.
Over a year ago, I hit a major technical problem, when I lost access to my site, and with it, to 6 years’ worth of archive material. I was able to retrieve some of the material (but not all), and reposted it at a new location (this one), but the logistics of working through it, additional demands on my time, and the emotional strain of preparing for surgery took their toll on my morale. For some time, I simply could not gather up the energy to post regularly at any level of depth, and was content simply to flag up links to useful posts elsewhere, which I did at “Queer Church News“.
Here too though, there’ reason to celebrate. I’ve now found a way to retrieve still more of the archive, and have been beavering away, doing so. It’s a slow, manual process, and will still not fill all the missing gaps, but it’s nevertheless a useful exercise. It’s been fascinating to look again at some of what I’ve done in the past, and see what in my view has real value – and what is just ephemeral (or worse, plain rubbish). Coupled with the health improvements, and the release of the long awaited “Amoris Laetitiae”, this has been a most welcome boost to my morale.
I’m most definitely now back in the saddle – and should once again keep up a regular flow of commentary and analysis, on material to help lesbian and gay Catholics to make sense of that intersection of faith, sexuality, and their lives.