An update and next steps

Let’s get straight to it. Back in January, I thought I was super burned out from projects, and was worried I’d become super depressed because I was sleeping constantly and still felt tired all the time.

A trip to a new doctor revealed the underlying truth: I have cancer. Huge shock. Obviously. So, for the last few months, I’ve been getting treatment and trying to keep working at my jobs and conference organizing and other projects. And my mom came to stay with me for 10 weeks. And a bunch of friends. And my sister and her new fiance. It’s been busy.

And then helped my amazing co-organizers put on the regional Python language conference PyDX in early October. And helped make the annual software quality conference PNSQC happen in mid October.

It’s now just over 2 weeks until I have the major remove-cancer-from-body surgery. After 5 months of chemo over the spring and summer, I have a limited amount of time and energy now where I truly feel productive. But, I’m trying to harness that better, while thinking about the future and what I want to accomplish and work on after I finish with the radiation and chemo and surgery track I’ve been on.

There is still so much I want to do! But it’s just been so surreal thinking about the future. So, I am trying to set small goals to accomplish each day and week.

And now is the time I’m writing my section for Recompiler’s Style Guide, a now-funded Kickstarter project that will be a universal guide for how to communicate and write about five key topics:

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Religion
  • Health and Well-Being

I have that last topic, Health and Well-being, and will be covering a ton of information, including how to be aware of what you’re writing and how phrasing may offend or exclude key segments of the population. Some of what I’ll be covering has been made even more clear while going through treatment this year, and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned.