[DWJ] Diana's health

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at auckland.ac.nz
Mon Jun 1 17:56:39 EDT 2009

Thank you Minnow for passing on the message. I'm sure you are passing on
to Diana the messages of support from the list - could you please add my
support to these?
My very best wishes for successful and swift medical procedures and a
pain-free and uncomplicated time of recuperation.


-----Original Message-----
From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf
Of Minnow
Sent: Saturday, May 30, 2009 12:24 AM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: [DWJ] Diana's health

Diana has asked me to let the list know that she is apologetically
to say she can't make it to the conference in Bristol.  There is a
chance that by August she will be in no fit state to do anything much
outside her house even if she isn't in hospital at the time, what with
thing and another.  So she feels that saying so now is only fair.  This
on the website, because Charlie knows and has put it there, but it may
have reached everyone on the list here who may be planning their trip to
the conference.

I have been authorised to tell people that she has been diagnosed as
three cracked bones in her spine as the result of a fall on her stairs
the bit they can't operate on easily because other things get in the way
and so didn't do anything to last time round), hepatitis or at least a
liver that is behaving as if she had been having hepatitis and giving
or possibly being caused by a calcium and a vitamin D deficiency (it was
hurrying to answer the door to someone come to do blood-tests for this
led to her fall), and lung cancer.  Or as she might put it, "if it's not
one thing, it's *three* things, and I call it downright unreasonable of

She has also asked me to reassure people that because a chest x-ray was
done in the course of trying to find out what on earth was going on, the
cancer has been caught very early and is small and operable.

Even so, any operation leaves a person unfit to do anything much for a
while after it, so crying off before she is forced to seemed to her the
only thing to do.


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