An Update from the Black Hole


It’s been a long time since I sat at my desk and gave myself the luxury of writing a nice, long, personal blog post here on my own blog at

Since November, after my surgery, I spent seven weeks undergoing daily radiation treatments.  At the same time, serious work began on the book I am writing for Catholic Moms.  About the time that I finished radiation, I banished myself to the lovely new library at Fresno State.  Sitting amidst the students there, I spent about a month cranking out word after word, and enjoying the silence and isolation of the library – such a perfect place to work!  It’s funny, when I was in college I spent a great deal of my time in the library, but I was typically looking around to see who else was there!  I also took a lot of coffee breaks!  It’s great to go to a library just for the joy of silence and know you don’t have a test or essay hanging over your head.

Last Wednesday, I finished the final chapter of the first draft of the book.  Now I have to go back and fix all of the problems, which are bolded and noted in red like this! Much work remains to be done before it will be ready to be seen by anyone’s eyes but mine.  As a first time author, I am plagued by self doubt but buoyed with the confidence that I have a wonderful editor.

On the home front, it feels as though we are spending a lot of time these days thinking about college.  The fact is, it makes me both sad and excited.  I’m saddened by the fact that Eric’s race to manhood and independence continues at a crazy pace, leaving his mother to stand by, watching and praying.  He seems more and more on top of his own life every day – I am proud, but not yet ready to let go.  It’s also exciting to spend time with him, exploring his possible options.  I loved college and know that he will too.  Helping him find the right college home will be both fun and challenging.

On the health front, I meet again with my oncologist on Thursday – it seems that they follow you very closely for several months after treatments.  The whole experience is already beginning to turn into a fuzzy half-memory in my mind, replaced by the day in day out joys of life.

I’m hoping to find more time every day to write here on the blog – to share the happiness and tests of my own faith journey with you.  I hope your Spring is off to a wonderful start, that your Lenten season has been fruitful, and that you are as happy as I am today!

Here’s a wonderful little video, shared by my friend Deacon Tom Fox.  Spreading joy is a gift – when I showed this to Adam this morning, I told him that it reminded me of him – but the truth is, so many of you are out there spreading joy in your corners of the world.  Thank you for the joy you spread my way!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Lisa I am glad that you are able to take time and write on your blog, it is good to keep us updated on your condition as we continue to pray for your recovery. God has given you a wonderful talent and the fact that you are using it to help spread the word of Him to everyone is a wonderful testimony of your love for Him. God bless you dear sister.

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