Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva (1974-2014)

By David K. M. Klaus: Terri Luanna Mountainborne Robinson da Silva, daughter of Spider and the late Jeanne Robinson, is now in The Undiscovered Country, occurring Friday, December 5, at the age of 40 years, due to Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (which she described as “the most common form of breast cancer”). Waiting for their time to greet her again are her father Spider Robinson, her husband Heron da Silva, her daughter Marissa (“Miss M”), and a huge extended family of relatives and intimate friends, as well as many, many more distant friends around the world.

The announcement came from Laurie O’Neal (“Auntie L”) on Terri’s WordPress weblog about her life with cancer, gracefulwomanwarrior.com, and on her Facebook page.

With the name Luanna Mountainborne, she was depicted as dancing on Luna in 1/6 gravity in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein.

A crowdfunding request for her medical expenses is at https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/terri-s-stage-4-cancer-fight/269274.

A crowdfunding request for her memorial is at http://www.gofundme.com/icqknk

This information comes from openly accessible web pages and public announcements, no confidences are being violated.

Jeanne Robinson (1948-2010)

Jeanne Robinson, co-author with her husband Spider of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award winning novella “Stardance,” died May 30 after a long struggle with cancer. Doctors had ended Jeanne’s chemotherapy on April 5.

Jeanne was a talented dancer who studied at several major dance schools, performed with the Beverly Brown Dance Ensemble in New York and served as the artistic director of Halifax’s Nova Dance Theatre, where she choreographed more than thirty original works.

Jeanne Robinson Update

Spider Robinson gave friends and fans the latest distressing information about Jeanne’s cancer treatment on April 5:

Jeanne’s doctors have ended her chemotherapy. There’s nothing more chemistry can do for/to her. Radiation was never an option. She is therefore now in Palliative Care Phase. We asked roughly how long this stage might last—repeatedly—and the only answer we got was, “somewhere between a month and a year—more or less.”

Click the link for more of Spider’s thoughts about the short-term and the best ways to support them at this time.

[Thanks to David Klaus for the link.]

Jeanne Robinson Needs Help

Jeanne Robinson is being treated for life-threatening cancer. An article on Spider Robinson’s website explains the situation:

Earlier his year a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Andresz Busczowski, helped Jeanne Robinson beat back a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. But it’s so rare even he can’t say how much time he‘s bought her, how soon it might recur-and her latest blood tests have been so discouraging they’ve now decided she needs to start chemotherapy as soon as possible.

The Robinson’s don’t have the resources for all that’s needed, so Jeanne’s friends and neighbors have stepped in to help raise the funds. They’re staging a benefit concert September 18 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island in British Columbia. And people can send PayPal donations to http://wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the link.]

Spider’s Her Own Grandpaw!

Marisa held by Terri 

Spider and Jeannie Robinson are grandparents:

Marisa Alegria da Silva arrived on planet Earth on May 28th at 1:56 PM Eastern Standard Time, weighing 8 pounds 5, long and lean and hairy and impeccably beautiful in all respects. Mother and child are both in good health, save for a minor fever that showed up at the last possible second, controlled easily by antibiotics.

I briefly considered leading this item by saying that the baby arrived in “the Usual Way” then decided, no, it’s too identified with Harry Chapin’s downer song “Cat’s in the Cradle”. The line is on my mind because early this morning I read aloud to Sierra the Winnie-the-Pooh story that introduces the characters Kanga and Roo. The line begins that story, but I never made the connection before despite mumble-cough years as a fan of the song. With all the other kiddy lit references in the lyrics it seems entirely possible Chapin intended that connection.

[Thanks to David Klaus for the story.]