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So… Gosh this is hard to do. Since I’ve become an author, one thing I’ve had to learn to do is share more about myself with other people. I’m not great at it, but I assure you that I’m making an effort because my readers are so incredibly important to me. I’ve never been one to share a lot with others, although when I do, I always feel blessed to have the support of so many wonderful, caring people. Here goes…
Back on March 16th, my dad was taken to the hospital. During the span of the last 45 or so days, he has been home a total of 7 days. He had to have emergency surgery and for his privacy, I won’t go into detail. Thankfully, he came through that surgery fine and we thought he was on the mend. Since then, there have been reoccurring complications and, although he’s hanging in, we’re still very worried about him, as you can imagine.
For the last month and a half, we’ve been praying that he will get better and that life for my family will move forward but that has not happened yet. He was home for a solid six days before he was rushed back to the hospital because of more complications. That was two weeks ago. 
Today, we were told that he will likely be released from the hospital in the next day or two which is great news for him, but it has the rest of us in a state of panic because his condition hasn’t changed, and the doctors – despite how incredibly hard they are all working – just can’t seem to nail down what is causing the problems which means they aren’t able to fix it with certainty. Because of that, he is going to need around the clock care when he comes home. In order for that to happen, my entire family will need to be here to help take care of him. In order to do that, I have to cancel my upcoming trip to Chicago for the Chicago Author Event. Up until today, we had held out hope that I would be able to go, but at this point, I am not comfortable leaving him even for a few days.
I am devastated that I have to cancel. As many of you may know, we had to cancel a trip a few weeks back because of scheduling issues. And now we have to cancel this due to personal reasons. I have been looking forward to meeting so many of you and it breaks my heart to have to cancel, but as you can understand, I have to make sure my family is taken care of.
I truly hope you understand. I love you all and I have been looking forward to meeting each and every one of you. In the meantime, any prayers and thoughts that you could send for my dad, I would be immensely grateful. 
Much Love,
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50 Responses

  1. I assure you that everyone will understand and that we will all be praying for your father and your family. You have to take care of you and yours. It's important. Everything else is obsolete.

  2. Nic,

    Take care of your family. We're all human and we all have a family so we know how important it is to be there for them. I understand the stress and worry you must be feeling. Sending love & healing thoughts your way for you, your dad and the rest of your family. Take care of yourself!

  3. So sorry to hear about your father, Nicole! Sending healing thoughts and all the best wishes for a complete recovery for you and your family! Much love! ♥

  4. My heart hurts for you and your family. I am sending prayers that your Dad will get better. Family is the most important thing. I have several wall plaques that have this saying. I live by it each day. We need to take care of each other first. Everything else will wait. I lost both my parents and I miss them each and every day. Love and hugs to you and your family.

  5. Nic, He's your dad. FAMILY is everything. YOU do what you need to do. AS a MEMBER of your worshiping fan club, i am not disappointed or hurt by your need to be with family. You don't have to apologize for anything. I will pray for your father and your family and i'll keep you there and in my thoughts. And WE as your reading fans will always be there for you no matter what. NIC NATION will be with you in thoughts and prayers.

  6. Family first, always. I really hope they figure it out soon and he gets well quickly. It's very understandable why you're canceling. Please let me know if there's anything I can do for you. You're in my heart and have my love.

  7. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to your dad, you and your family!! Your fans are behind you all the way and only want the best for you. <3

  8. Always family first love….you take care and I will pray your dad is on the mend..don't worry yourself more about us. We will always be here. There will be another time…

  9. Family always comes first, please god that he makes a speedy recovery, may the angels wrap him in their healing wings strengthening him with their unconditional love, im sending positive healing energies your way love and light.

  10. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Prayers heading your way. Chicago will be there when Dad is better and we your fans aren't going anywhere.

  11. Family comes first, always! Never apologize for taking care of them. Blessings to you and prayers for you all, especially your dad.

  12. Honey, family comes first… Period. I hope and pray you Dad get better in no time and know that we are al here for you. All my love and hugs.

  13. Family comes first. I hope that everything works out for your family and that the doctors figure out a solution to what's going on.

  14. Thank you for sharing. Everyone will understand. Having a sick parent is so very hard. Spend all the time you can with him you will never regret your decision. xoxo

  15. Your father and family is the most important thing!! Your fans are going to be there when things are back to normal and when your Dad is on the mend and the doctors have this thing figured out we will be glad to have you back!! Take care of the ones you love!

  16. Stay with your Dad take plenty of pictures and have those memories, Maybe he is on borrowed time, we never know, Take care of yourself and try not to stress out. Sending well wishes your way.

  17. No one can fault you for taking care of your family. You only get one Dad, and he has to come first. Fans will always be here when you get back. I hope he gets better. You and your family are in my prayers!

  18. Hi there, Family first as that is what is most important we will all be around when the time comes and you schedule something new. In the meantime know we are thinking about and praying for you and your family. Take care.

  19. Just spent 15 months looking after my Dad. Family first. No matter what. Prayers for you and your family. It isn't easy. The ups and downs and the 2 steps forward and 5 steps back can frustrate like nothing else. Hang in there.

  20. Family first–everyone will understand–caregiving is very hard (I have to take care of my sister who has had a stroke); Please take care of you this is the only way to be strong and go day by day–My thoughts for a good outcome are being sent to you and yours–be strong and ask for help–all will send good vibes to you

    melissa mcentyre

  21. Of course we understand! You take care of what you need to and many prayers are being said for your family and your Dad!

  22. My prayers are with you and your family. Being there for your Dad and your family is your first priority. All your fans and supports will stand behind you. Concentrate on him. XOXO

  23. I will pray for anyone who doesn't understand. I'll also keep your family, as well as your dad, in my prayers. I understand the difficult time your family is going through and the transition can be a bit tricky at times. Family always comes first as that's our main source of support. May you have the strength and guidance to do what's best for all of your family. You'll be out this way again someday to meet any of us in the area.

  24. I've been in your situation and I know all of us understand what needs to be done. He is Dad and family comes first. Stay strong !!!

  25. Family is more important and people should understand that.
    Being in your shoes before, I can say that if I was one of the lucky ones that were due to meet you, I would be happy to not meet you if you needed to stay home for family reasons.
    Thinking of you

  26. Of course! Family must always come first. Prayers are absolutely with you. There will be other chances to meet, and theres always FB so we all get to connect with you like that : ) You're a tough cookie and you have support!

  27. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family for your dad's healthy recovery. Us fans will be here for you and will always understand that your family comes first!

  28. You only have one Dad. I am sorry he is having such a hard time. Spend time with him of course. I will pray for him and your entire family. Hugs

  29. Everyone who has family understands. I lost both my parents within a couple of months. Last year was the worst year of my life when I lost my husband. Always, always put family first. Prayers from my house to yours. Take care.

  30. Nicole,

    Your family comes first and if people can't understand that then they are truly not worth a damn!!! Hope your father gets well you, your father and family will be in our prayers.

  31. I think everyone understands, your family and life come first above all else. My thoughts and prayers are with your dad and your family. I hope you get a solution soon.

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