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[cancer|photos] More on love and surgery - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-12-03 20:41
Subject: [cancer|photos] More on love and surgery
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, health, personal, photos, writing
As previously mentioned, kylecassidy and circle23 came by Sunday night, November 29th, shortly after my discharge from the hospital for the thoracic surgery. kylecassidy has an ongoing project of shooting writers in their writing spaces, which had been the original idea even before this round of cancer treatments had been scheduled. Once I knew I'd be sidelined from the surgery, I encouraged them to come anyway, with the notion of documenting some of the physical reality of my cancer experience, both the love and the pain.

calendula_witch and shelly_rae were here at Nuevo Rancho Lake that evening, taking care of me with help from jkoke. the_child was present as well. kylecassidy and circle23 showed up, bustled about with some equipment, then began shooting me as I lay on (and in) my bed, showing my surgery scars and talking about my experiences a bit. I'm pretty sure the Dilaudid did most of the talking, frankly.

The pictures range from striking to heart-rending. Some are difficult to look at, due to the fresh scarring; others show the love in my life with startling clarity. I think they tell the story more than my words do, so without further ado:

Jay Lake and Shannon Page [19]

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Jay Lake [26]

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Images © 2009 Kyle Cassidy. All rights reserved. Reproduced here with permission.

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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2009-12-04 08:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Being me, what I mostly noticed is that you don't have enough books. There is space! on them there shelves :-)


Beautiful pictures.
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calendula_witch: Books
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-12-05 02:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Books
What you're not seeing is the boxes on the floor. And the bags. And the other boxes. And the piles... ;-) Oh and they're double-shelved on those shelves, too. :-)
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2009-12-05 05:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You mean, you mean I get to *shelve books* when I come over?

Oh wow!

One of the great frustrations of an organised library is never having the joy of shelving books.....
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calendula_witch: Books
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-12-05 06:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Books
Oh. Oh oh oh. They need organizing...I've always wanted to undertake that project...I've never had time, nor a willing co-conspirator....oh, oh, oh!!!
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2009-12-05 07:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And we could write ourselves into a gothic fantaasy in which we are cataloguing jaylake's library :-)
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calendula_witch: Books
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-12-05 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Books
Perfect!
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Jay Lake: writing-bookshelf
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-12-05 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:writing-bookshelf
Mmm, shelving.
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Somewhat Bent: Biohazard
User: ladyallyn
Date: 2009-12-04 08:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Biohazard
Wow! I'm actually very impressed with how good the incisions look so soon after surgery. Then again, I've spent plenty of years looking at folk not long out of surgery. I'm also impressed that you got vertical! Good Man and Well Wishes!
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User: the_ogre
Date: 2009-12-04 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: Those really are great photos, Jay.
It's good to see pics of you in your natural environment.
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2009-12-04 17:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Very glad to see you are not only up-and-about a bit, but also in very good hands. Keep on keepin' on, Jay.
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Jak
User: jkoke
Date: 2009-12-04 23:53 (UTC)
Subject: surreal
i remember the evening. i'm not in any of the photos, but was lurking back by the kyle and roger. house went from drowsy and calm to a frenzy of activity as they adeptly captured the love in the house.

you are brave and open soul... thank you for sharing
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-12-05 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: Re: surreal
My drug-addled brain edited you out of the scene...going to fix now! So nice to see you here.
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2009-12-05 01:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am new, so which lovely lady is which?

The incisions look really good.
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calendula_witch: arms
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2009-12-05 02:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:arms
Shelly Rae is the gorgeous blond. I'm the other one. :-)
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User: cypherindigo
Date: 2009-12-05 02:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you!
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Leah Cutter: Battle lines
User: lrcutter
Date: 2009-12-05 17:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Battle lines
Very powerful, Jay. Thanks for sharing.
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