When the doctors told me that the cancer had spread to my brain, they also told me that I did not have long left…’days to weeks’ were their words. At this point, the wonderful folks at the Carrot Ranch wrote to tell me about the Rodeo, the competition and what they hoped to achieve.
The response was phenomenal.
I cannot stress how much it meant to see all the good wishes coming in… to watch my sons hold themselves up with pride because it seems as if my work has touched other lives in such a positive manner. And, while my body continues to fall apart, my heart is full.
On a practical note, the donations that came in have helped enormously with the cost of specialised equipment.
Who knew how expensive this dying malarkey can be? In search of decent few hours sleep for the first time in ages, yesterday I had a new chair delivered that allows me to stand to get into the wheelchair. As my left leg no longer moves, this is a real gift. And I slept in it for hours…
I did not expect to be here today to be able to thank everyone who took part in any and every way, from buying, reading and reviewing the books, to the entries and donations and the love and kindness I have been shown.
Congratulations to the winners of the competition!
Head on over to the Carrot Ranch to find out who…and read the winning entries.
Reblogged from The Carrot Ranch
When the Rodeo came to town, Rough Writers from around the world answered the call. You came, you sat in the saddle, you rode the bull, and you joined the parade.
Most important, you were inspired by our wonderful friend, Sue Vincent. Sue has been battling terminal cancer, and we’re thrilled that she is around to see the winners (though I admit I cheated and let her know the top winner a little early). Participants were allowed and encouraged to donate to help Sue and her family, but we believe the photo she provided as the prompt was worthy of any prize. Her photo prompted 63 wonderful 99 word stories and 99 syllable poems; if the average picture is worth 1,000 words, then we can be certain her prompt is way above average!
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