Final Aussiegirl update -- sad news!
This is a sad day for Ultima Thule readers: its creator and guiding spirit, Aussiegirl, passed away this afternoon at around 2 p.m. The operation was successful, but unfortunately the cancer, which it turns out had been working away symptomlessly for months, had already spread and was attacking her organs. Try as they could, her excellent doctors couldn't bring her system under enough control to allow them to start chemotherapy.
She was only 59, and had many years of wonderful writing and thinking ahead of her. She was already planning an article about her stay in the hospital -- what a treat we were robbed of, with all the insights and witty writing that she could have so easily given such an article!
She was very appreciative of all the prayers and good wishes that her many readers, from around the globe, sent her way. The cancer was too powerful, but they still gave her spiritual comfort -- and Aussiegirl was a wonderfully spiritual person.