It's hard to lose someone you love, but I look at it this way, at least they're not in pain anymore. I bet she's smiling down on y'all and having a party now. My "adopted mom" has cancer (melanoma) in her lungs and a tumor behind her eye and she's telling her daughter that she's ready to go home to the Lord. She's tired. They're bringing in Hospice and also starting her on oxygen and I think pain meds. I just hope she has minimal pain.
I hope Tree gets back to writing. Living with you has to have rubbed off on her somehow. LOL!
I hope you win the lottery so that you can have the surgery. We want you around for a long time.
Good luck with your writing! I know it will be great in the end. Remember, everything looks really bad the first time around. That's why you let it sit and refresh yourself then go back to it and tweek.