Hi everyone. This is Brad, speaking through Kate’s fingertips. I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in my own words on this blog for a long time, but I’ve never liked the idea of dictating to someone else, even in this manner. Besides, for a long time I was too sick to formulate any thought I felt was worth sharing. Now, however, I am feeling considerably better and more coherent, but my vision is still too poor to permit me to read, write, or type. Kate and my mother have been reading many of your messages and blog comments to me and I want to acknowledge them, thank you for them, and let you know that my spirits are good and that I am continuing to recover. I value your good wishes and engagement with my situation more than you can know. This is the hardest period of my life so far, but it will come to an end eventually, and I look forward to being able to communicate normally again.