Chances are, you are here reading these words because Brenda McLain (or Burris, or Werner, or DaCunha, however you may know her) has had a profound impact on your life. Her pragmatic, practical, suffer-no-fools ethos, and her ability to bulldoze her way through badgering complications and utter calamity alike, and somehow maintain an unflappable confidence that things always work out, have made her a personal hero to many lesser mortals. She has moved many mountains so the people she loves can walk a straight path, and not stumble. Whether it’s a houseful of wayward musicians, or (mostly) well-trained children, or an entire farmful of animals of every description, Brenda paid the cost to be The Boss, and rules like a velvet hand in an iron glove. As she now faces what may (or may NOT, knowing Brenda) be the toughest opponent of her life, she needs to do something she has never had the luxury of doing: focus on herself. Those closest to her have elected to create this CaringBridge page so that all of those who love her, who owe her a debt of gratitude for her rock-solid support, can stay informed on her health and welfare without distracting her focus on beating this damn thing. Please feel free to comment or leave a sentiment; Brenda will see them, we promise. Thank you everyone, and don’t forget to keep the prayers and positive energy flowing; our Owl needs us!