The first thing I want to tell you about is our film.
While we were unable to make our Kickstarter goal to raise full funding for a feature length documentary, Sheona and I have decided to keep going and work towards collaborating on a film that tells the story in a way we can both be proud of.
Some of you re-committed your funding through our website and Paypal, while others sent checks – or cheques for the Canadians! – we appreciate each donation and your unwavering support. The funds will be put to good use.
We will begin our work when we travel to visit with my family in November where I will see an uncle I’ve never met, and a brother who I haven’t seen in over six decades.
We will also retrace the steps my mother took after she left me, piecing together what we can of her life during that time.
I can’t wait!
We will finish this film in 2015 and I can only imagine it will be a beautiful collaboration & celebration of discovery.
In the interest of keeping you completely up to date, I feel it’s only fair to also let you know that, to my utter and complete disappointment, after only 3 months of remission, my cancer once again made an unwelcome appearance. This is not unusual; in fact, it’s been the pattern all along: the chemo efficiently knocks the cancer out of my system, but it’s unable to provide me with a lengthy remission. This is my fourth bout.
Fortunately my doctor (“Dr K”) assures me we still have lots of options left, and, ever looking to put a positive spin on things, he tells me I will not be losing my hair this time. Good news for sure! Dr K is one to encourage his patients to continue living their lives, even while undergoing treatment, and that is exactly what I’ve been doing.
MY OTHER NEWS
After receiving my first chemo treatment in September, I flew to LA where I delivered the Closing Keynote at CatalystCon West (a conference for people working in the field of sexology) along with my Club 90 sisters, Annie Sprinkle, Veronica Hart & Veronica Vera.
On November 5th, I’ll be taking part in an event called “Raising the Bar”: A series of panels led by “notable professors, researchers and industry leaders that will take place in some of the city’s best bars creating unexpected environments for discussion and supplying the public with direct access to cutting-edge research”. The first event earlier this year was considered a smashing success and was written up in several venues including The Huffington and AMNY.
I’ve always wanted to tell my story about my mother in my own words and I feel blessed to be on the path to making that happen.
Thanks, all of you, for the loving support you’ve shown throughout.
It has not been an easy process. It’s been stressful, unpredictable, and disappointing at times; but, in the same breath, healing and rewarding.
I feel like I am finally on the path to the truth; to find answers to the questions I’ve carried around my entire life.
And, while not all of them are the answers I was hoping for, they’re answers nonetheless.
And while the truth might not always be pretty, it’s still the truth.
I just read a slim but moving book called, “Orphan Train”, and in it one of the characters quotes someone as saying,
“You can’t find peace until you find all the pieces.”
It is my wish to leave this life in peace.
Thank you for all your support in helping me find my pieces.
Many of you have asked me to post the information once again on how to contribute to our project. It’s as simple as going to this link and paying through paypal: HERE
If you’re uncomfortable going through paypal you can send me a check at:
Femme Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 574 Mattituck, NY 11952
All funds will be used directly towards the production of the film.
Thank you for your ongoing interest.
All my best