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Born and raised in Redwood City California, Lita Eitner-England holds two degrees from San Jose State University. She worked in Television and Film in San Francisco for several years before marrying her husband, Garonn. Lita lives with her husband and daughter, Micaéla (Mica) in the East Bay.
The late Tiffany Konishiki Bullman, or "Tiffy," is the beautiful, red brindle Bulldog sitting on the floor next to Lita, and, of course, she was the initial inspiration behind the Bullmina series. Lita's third book in the Bullmina Trilogy takes place in contemporary America, introducing the Evers and Weinberg families and other intriguing characters. The Englands lost their beloved Tiffy in 2009 to cancer. They adopted their rescue dog, Sofia, in 2013, and Sofia shares the inspiration behind Bullmina the Courageous Bulldog Comes Home.
Tragically, Lita was diagnosed in 2016 with occult, amorphic, de novo (hidden, without shape, right out-of-the-blue) Stage Four Terminal Cancer, which metastacized to her spine, brain, pelvis, hips, liver, kidneys, pancreas, abdominal lymph nodes, and just recently, her colon. Lita's cancer defied all previous preventive testing (pap smears, mammograms, etc.) and was only detected by a dye-infused, PET/CT scan where she lit up like a Christmas tree. Sadly about 5% of all cancer patients get these rare, undetectable, out-of-the-blue cancers. The "Whole Brain Radiation" sessions and the chemotherapy side effects are very hard on her, getting worse with each subsequent chemo IV infusion, but she is still fighting bravely onward. Lita developed severe lymphedema in her arms and legs in the last several nonths and must wear uncomfortable compression garments; but she still tries to keep things light, saying she now has "Fred Flintstone" feet, tree stump thighs, and "Popeye the Sailorman" forearms. She was only given about 18 months to live and has already defied the median average of 3 years. She can barely see now, has great difficulty walking across the floor by herself, and her memory is starting to go, but as long as she can still see a little bit, get up and walk to the bathroom with her walker, and string two or three semi-coherent sentences together, she says it's a good day. She thanks her Lord and Savior for giving her these extra months to spend with her family and Sofia. And she is also grateful for the tremendous support from Garonn and Mica.