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I don’t usually discuss my personal life here. But because this affects the blog and other aspects of OregonBigfoot.com, I feel it’s important to let you know what’s going on.
The last year and a half have been extremely difficult. Only those closest to me are fully aware of just how hard it’s been, both personally and professionally. And all of it has been going on amidst a health concern that has recently turned into a fight for my life.
Last Tuesday, I received a phone call from the doctor that I was dreading and hoping wouldn’t come. Yesterday, I underwent a very painful surgical procedure to attempt to resolve the problem. The doctor has given me firm instructions – one of them being to eliminate as much stress as possible. I have been taking steps to do that over the past couple of months. However, since most of the stress in my life over the last year and a half has stemmed from reluctantly crawling out from under my rock, I have decided that it’s time for me to crawl back under it.
I’m not important. I have no interest in being a “public figure”. I have simply wanted to understand what these beings are and attempt to share with others what I’ve felt I’ve learned along the way. I’ve hoped that with understanding may come compassion; that we would learn to genuinely care about that which we study, and have attempted to open a dialogue about ethical concerns I’ve had as a “researcher”. I’ve put a great deal of time and energy into fighting for things that I believe are worth fighting for. However, someone else is going to have to take up the fight. I’m tired of dealing with politics, drama, and character assassination.
My daughter will be four in December. She is bright, happy, healthy and well-adjusted. I’ve made serious sacrifices to ensure her well-being and I’m damned proud of the little person she’s become. This health issue has been a wake-up call. She needs me to be healthy and continue to be here for her… and without making some changes, I can’t ensure that I will be.
I will be substantially minimizing the role of “bigfoot” in my life. I hope you understand. As things stand, this blog will likely be on hiatus indefinitely. My facebook page will be private. I will still be available via email to Oregon Bigfoot members, individual witnesses and friends. What time and energy I have to devote to this subject will be spent in the field with my daughter, attempting mutual interaction with the big guys.
The information that comes across my desk and the results of my field work will be shared privately with the members of the Oregon Bigfoot community. Membership to the community is still open for the time being to witnesses who wish to find support and those who want a place to discuss bigfoot without all of the sickness that pervades this field. Our community is like a family – a very happy, healthy one. If you do apply to become a member, please be prepared to leave drama at the door.
Thanks to all of you for your support and friendship. Every kind word was heard and appreciated.