When Lighting Strikes Twice and why I’m leaving my husband in Las Vegas.

written by Lee Strauss | Cozy Mystery, Crime Fiction, Lee Strauss, Ukraine

March 25, 2022

Back in the fall of 2021, my husband Norm and I made big plans to travel in our RV from British Columbia to Mexico, a first for us and it promised adventure as we continued our snowbird lifestyle. 

But things, we've found, don't always go they way we planned. If you've been following my blog, you'll already know that we had to take an emergency flight home in December when our daughter's heart stopped. If you missed that story, you can read about it HERE(link).

After six weeks we flew back to Mexico, but less than three months after our first family medical emergency we had another. Our son's fiancé was told she had a large aggressive cancerous bone tumor in her femur. We thought we would be driving back to Canada in time to make their May 6 wedding, but instead we hopped into our RV and headed back a month early. By the time we reached Las Vegas, I decided to fly back so I could offer practical help as she prepares for chemotherapy. She can't put any pressure on her leg for fear of fracturing it so she's using crutches and a wheelchair.

As you can imagine, the last few weeks have been heavy with worry, and on the heels of a cardiac arrest event often felt like too much. 

But we aren't without hope. We received good news yesterday that there was no signs of cancer anywhere else in her body. 

Norm is going to drive the RV home and meet me there about a week from now. Since we were in Vegas, we decided to take a mental break and see a Cirque du Soleil show. Loved it!

The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil

Waiting for the show to start. 

It's been difficult to focus on work, but thankfully Murder at the Savoy was already ready for publication and the first draft of the next book, Murder at the Circus, was with the editor.  Both are up for preorder with Murder at the Savoy release on Tuesday! If you like paperbacks, you can grab a copy early using the same link.

No matter how hard things get, there's always someone who has it worse. Nothing I'm going through compares to the plight of the Ukrainian people right now. I've blogged before about the humanitarian organization that Norm and I are involved with. Right now our friends, Mark and Coreen Biech, are offering real practical help to refugees entering Romania in the form of grocery gift cards. If you missed my original blog post about Hope for the Nations Romania and how you can help, you can find it HERE (link.)

You can watch Mark talk about the project on this VIDEO (click link).

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