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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-11-02 16:39
Subject: [cancer] Slogging forward
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Tags:calendula, cancer, conventions, personal
Since the diagnosis of my lung tumor last week, I've managed to be phenomenally busy (and therefore distracted) almost continuously. This includes quite notably a long, busy weekend as Toastmaster at WFC 2009 in San Jose in the close, loving company of calendula_witch. On my (delayed) way home now, to the peaceful quiet of my home, therein to dwell with only the echo of my thoughts. I've been very deliberately postponing much of this stress, reveling in the distractions, and charging forward toward the cliff that is surgery, biopsy and chemo. The debts of that postponement are being called in.

I know I am strong, but this will be tough.
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calendula_witch: arms
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-11-03 00:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are strong, and so many, many people love you.

And me too. :-)
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User: dragonmyst
Date: 2009-11-03 00:53 (UTC)
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Twilight: Scarlet Witch
User: twilight2000
Date: 2009-11-03 01:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Scarlet Witch
You *are* strong - but don't forget we're out here to lend a hand, an ear, or whatever else you need.
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Richard Parks
User: ogre_san
Date: 2009-11-03 01:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If I knew what to say, I'd say it. We're thinking of you.
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Somewhat Bent: Blessings
User: ladyallyn
Date: 2009-11-03 01:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Blessings and Well Wishes. Energy shared.
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User: markbourne
Date: 2009-11-03 01:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You too shall win.
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User: saoba
Date: 2009-11-03 01:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Holding you and the people who love you in the light.
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User: madrobins
Date: 2009-11-03 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are strong, but don't hesitate to ask for help from all the people who love you. It's all out there, y'know.
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Grant Kruger
User: thirdworld
Date: 2009-11-03 02:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You are strong, and maybe we can make you stronger. Call on us any time.
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User: ex_catherin85
Date: 2009-11-03 02:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's hoping that it's less tough than you fear and that you're cancer-free soon.
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User: dsgood
Date: 2009-11-03 02:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good luck!
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2009-11-03 02:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I second Ogre_san's comment. I don't usually know what to say, but know that you're on my mind a lot.
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kitlizzy: A-Stones
User: kitlizzy
Date: 2009-11-03 05:03 (UTC)
Subject: Helpfulness, I hope.
Today I applied for a awesome promotion...and the standardized sheet asked me if I was disabled. So I checked yes because of a surgery to remove a tumor 2 years ago that did leave me partially (but mostly annoyingly) disabled.

But I don't define my future as merely that of a disabled cancer victim just because some stupid form only gave me a yes or no choice. I consider myself a person more than capable of getting the job and keeping it, and never mind the damned ticky boxes! (Even if I am still on ye old routine cancer scans and my statistical survival rate is not exactly optomistic.)

And you will get to a place where you get to chose how to deal, too. Even if it takes a while. And there are stupid ticky boxes in the way.
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User: bridget_coila
Date: 2009-11-03 06:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Stay strong and lean on those who support you.
Best wishes for all the upcoming cancer treatment stuff...

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User: shaolingrrl
Date: 2009-11-03 07:18 (UTC)
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Story is the Mother of us all, but cancer is just a mother.

Tell yourself the story of your health, long life, and happiness.

I'll do whatever I can to make that story come true.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2009-11-03 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Let me remind you of my adventure (and of similar adventures by two other friends). It is scary but it is beatable. And my own adventure was 26 years ago...imagine how much medicine has progressed since then. You were diagnosed early and you are being monitored regularly. And remember there are hundreds of hands out here to hold yours through this.
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