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I apologize for the lack of content over the past week or so. Without going into a lengthy treatise on my health problems, let me say, I am sick — really, really sick. The trifecta of fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and gastroparesis are hammering me day and night — with no end in sight this side of the grave. And then there’s my back (Please see Health Update: I’m F**ked). Cue Billy Mays . . . and that’s not all. I had an MRI of my neck last Friday. I received the results today. Yep. I have disc herniations in my neck too. I see my pain doctor tomorrow. We shall see . . .

I am nauseated every day. Up until four days ago, I have been able to manage my gastroparesis fairly well. Since last Friday, I have had daily violent bouts of vomiting. Think herniated discs in your back and neck . . . and vomiting. Not fun. Okay, enough of this . . .

I plan to keep writing, but I can’t promise when and how often. I will do what I can. I will get everyone’s questions answered — eventually. I owe several of you guest posts for your sites. I will get them done too — eventually. Emails? Social media responses? Donation acknowledgments? I will get them done too — eventually. Are you sensing a trend?

I do plan to give a private speech on “Why I Am an Atheist” to a Mennonite group on Thursday and a podcast interview on Saturday. I find it physically easier to “talk” than write. Polly agrees. 🙂

Thank you for your continued love and support.


Bruce Gerencser, 65, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 44 years. He and his wife have six grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist.

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    I wish I had some sage words or even comforting thoughts but as I have people close in my life who life with constant pain I know that the only truth is that it sucks and takes so much energy just to keep on keeping on. Hey, you don’t owe anyone anything, but I sure am glad I found you and will read whatever you write, whenever you write it. But #1 is taking care of yourself. Maybe it helps a little to have someone tell you that your work and your writing has mattered, because it has and it does. But you matter more. I hope you find a way to rest (also a helluva task when one is in pain).

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    Oh no, Bruce! I HATE HATE HATE nausea with the fire of a thousand suns, and for both pregnancies was sick as a dog. I’m so sorry. It’s so sad when the pain is bad and you can’t get away from it. I hope your docs find something to help that works for you.

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    Darcy Walker

    Darn, Berni said it all better than I can! Yes, your work and your writing matter to those who appreciate it. Strangely, your work also matters to those who don’t appreciate it and imagine that they can convert you back… or they wouldn’t pester you like horse flies looking for a thoroughbred horse. 🙂

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    Yulya Sevelova

    I’m so disheartened regarding your chronic illnesses,Bruce. Of all people for this to happen to ! When I can think of so many who actually deserve such circumstances. It’s one of the worst feelings imaginable,being locked in with serious condition. And I’m not too fond of the American medical community as it is. We all wish we could come up with some technique or information that would reverse all this. When you’re not writing, that’s painful ! I’ve only been aware of your blog for around three years now. All considered,I hope you can take road trips at the drop of a hat.

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    Sickness sucks. Do what you need to do for yourself first, and post when you’re up to it. I’m sorry that you’re so miserable, and I hope that by now your pain doctor has prescribed something that will at least take the edge off, since I know from experience that chronic pain never goes away. Take care, and don’t worry about us–we’ll still be here.

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    Ann Lo

    Hoping for pain relief for you. Chronic pain sucks big time and so does nausea. Hope the doc can help. Thanks for all you do. I will read what you write, when you write it, and be glad to do it.

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