Some of you have been wondering where I have been recently. This is not the kind of update I wish to write, and I do wish I had happier news to report. But there is something very important I need to share with you.
Recently my wife, Marianne, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Many of you know Marianne as the warm, cheerful voice you hear when you call us; and she is a partner and part of the very backbone of our company.
Cancer strikes almost every family, and I know that many of you, your families or loved ones have been directly affected by this disease. Although there are more cancer survivors every day, it's uncertain ground and a terrifying diagnosis to face. One never fully knows the outcome or consequences, even after surgery and often lengthy treatment.
But cancer can be beaten -- and we need to do everything in our power to fight this disease. You don't take halfway measures with this, because there's often no second chance; and we will be devoting every effort over the forthcoming months to that end.
Marianne is receiving excellent medical attention, of course. But we also need your support, the prayers and strength and positive thoughts of our friends and family in this community. We truly believe caring thoughts and prayers help.
The next several months are going to be very difficult, and I must devote substantially all of my time toward helping Marianne have the best chances of beating this; so if you post or email and don't receive an answer from me, please understand. My fulltime job right now is helping Marianne get well.
Usually at this time of year we have a holiday sale, a newsletter, announcements, NAMM plans, and so on -- but they may have to wait this time. Things will not be operating normal for a short time and much of daily operations will be on hold.
Dan is taking care of the Christmas album. Tony, Jeff, the moderators and others will pick up much of the slack. What we have in this forum is something special, and one of the best things you can do for us is keep the community thriving and at its best during this time. Be kind. Take care of each other. This is a family.
We don't know what the outcome will be. But with Marianne's strength and attitude, the best doctors, proper treatment, good care, and providence -- together with your healing thoughts and prayers -- there is a chance at beating this.
I'll be here when I can. And when things are back to normal, we'll be stronger than ever.
Please keep the Garritan family in your thoughts and prayers.
Wishing you and yours all the best,