[DWJ] Diana's health

Jenny Schwartzberg schwartzbergj at newberry.org
Sun May 16 16:27:43 EDT 2010

 I join everyone in sending my best wishes and prayers to Diana.  I very much hope that she defies the doctors and lives far longer than anyone expects!  Thank you so much Minnow for letting us know.

Jenny Schwartzberg

> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk> 
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net> 
> Date: 05/15/10 06:48 
> Subject: [DWJ] Diana's health 
> Diana has authorised me to pass on to the list what she was told on 
> Wednesday
> As you all know by now she developed a secondary cancer from her 
> original tumour seven years ago.  Last year she had an operation to 
> remove that, which had settled in her lung and was causing her great 
> pain; this year she has been undergoing courses of chemotherapy for 
> further secondaries that started to appear late last year after that one 
> had been removed.
> This chemotherapy has had no apparent effect on the cancers, and has not 
> prevented more from occuring, and she and her husband have now decided, 
> after discussion with a senior oncologist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary 
> and a consultation at the Royal Marsden, to discontinue treatment.
> The senior person in Bristol has opined that this means she has months 
> rather than years of life left to her.  Diana is determined that she can 
> prove this opinion wrong.
> As a result of ceasing the chemo a couple of weeks ago she already feels 
> a lot less ill, and is regaining her sense of smell and of taste.  She 
> is working on a book (about half-way through, she says) and has another 
> lined up waiting when she finishes this one.
> Personally I am hoping that she may yet outlive me!
> All crossed fingers and so on would be very acceptable, says Diana.
> Minnow
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