Update to the Readers of Despair to Deliverance

Those of you who are still hanging in there with us and paying attention, will be happy to know I just (literally minutes ago) emailed the latest draft of our book off to five people to read and give feedback. As I said previously, the people who have given feedback so far were invaluable to this process. I feel so much better about the new version of the book, which takes into account all of the comments and ideas from our first round of readers.

I have been so immersed in re-writing the book that I have been neglecting the blog world. Now that the book is in the hands of our readers again, there are so many things I want to write about on my new blog! I hope you will check it out. It is about the absurdity of life, and my thoughts on navigating it. There will be many diverse topics to come. I have no idea if anyone will even be interested. But I will mostly be writing it for my own entertainment. It seems I just can’t stop myself from writing.

So, in the meantime I want to update everyone on how both Robin and I have been doing as we have been working on finishing our book. If you have been following along you know I was in a car accident in December 2015 on the same day “lesions” were discovered in my bladder, later diagnosed as bladder cancer. In April I had my first follow-up urologist appointment, where a cystoscopy (camera stuck into the bladder to look for tumors) and cytology (urine test looking for cancer cells) were completed. I am pleased to say the news was good, and I am still cancer free for now. My next check-up is scheduled for August. I am happy to not have to worry about cancer again until then.

I finished my last chiropractic appointment this past week for the neck and back injuries I sustained in the car accident. I am back to my usual level of chronic pain, which is irritating but tolerable. And my beloved car, after taking three months to be repaired, was returned to me in March seemingly “good as new.” I am completely grateful to the body shop employees who worked so many hours to restore it to its previous state. Maybe I am crazy, but I am getting ready to try to settle my claim with the insurance company of the driver who pummeled me from behind as I sat as a stoplight…without a lawyer. It seems like a fairly straightforward case to me. The other insurance company has already declared they are liable. They will pay my medical bills. We need to negotiate a reasonable amount of money for my “pain and suffering.” How hard can that be? We will see…I suspect a blog post about absurdity may be coming on the other blog…

So, are you ready for a bombshell? Those of you who have read our story may wonder how Robin is doing. The book, as promised, will detail how she got from the devastating year in 2003 to a place of stability and contentment. But, there is an even newer development that has happened just in the last couple months. Robin is so much better, and so much more able to manage change and uncertainty, that she is moving from where we currently live in Indiana…are you ready for this…to Florida!  There is so much to say about that. But, some of it has to wait until the book comes out and everyone knows the rest of her story. The bottom line is that Robin is just fine. She is happy. It continues to be amazing to me how far she has come.

I will keep you all posted, as we finish up and publish “Despair to Deliverance.” Robin and I remain completely grateful for all of the support we have received from you, our readers.

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About Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D.

Sharon DeVinney, Ph.D. completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Purdue University. She spent ten years doing full-time clinical practice at a community mental health center with primarily adults. She then spent eight years working as an administrator at that same community mental health center while continuing to maintain a small caseload of therapy clients. She now provides clinical services in long-term care facilities in addition to writing and spending as much time as possible with the people she loves.
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5 Responses to Update to the Readers of Despair to Deliverance

  1. dyane says:

    This is an excellent, exciting update!!!

    I’m so glad you got your car back, Sharon, and that your pain level has returned to its previous level, although of course I wish it would vanish 100%! Well, you’ve got us on a cliffhanger now with the book and the developments you don’t name in this post. :)) I’m so looking forward to reading it – it has been a blast to read about the book’s evolution, and you’ve been so inspiring as well!

    I need to go see your other blog! For some reason I have spaced out on it, so off I go right this minute without further delay. Lots of 💓, Dyane

  2. Dyane, thanks so much for your ongoing support. Hope your book writing is going well too! ❤️

  3. Glad to hear that you are cancer free. Wish you both the best.

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