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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-07-04 06:56
Subject: [cancer] My state of independence
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Tags:cancer, conventions, health, jaycon, personal
JayCon X was wonderful. Perhaps sixty people came and went. We ate an alarming amount of pizza. Lots of chattering and visiting and me seeing people I hadn't seen in months, or in a few cases, a year or more. Also meeting a few new-to-me-in-real-life online friends. Silly gifts were presented, including several vuvuzelas (you know who you are, vuvuzela-givers, and there will be vengeance).

More to the point, I was out, about and in one piece. Focused. Alert. Social. Yes, exhausted. Yes, limiting my mobility and activity. Yes, wiped out to the point of immobile later. But out in the world.

The chemically-induced introversion and chronic exhaustion of chemotherapy lifted long enough yesterday for me to see my state of independence. And every step forward is a gain, because even when I backslide, it's only a little.

Happy Fourth, everyone for whom it is a meaningful holiday. For the rest of you, have a great weekend.

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Ben Peek
User: benpeek
Date: 2010-07-04 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
grats, man. sounds like a good time spent, then.
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Deza
User: deza
Date: 2010-07-04 15:37 (UTC)
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So happy you had a great day. :) Remember to rest up for a few days; upping your activity level has a tendency to come bite you on the ass. It's still worth it.
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Kevin Standlee: Match Game SF
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2010-07-04 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Match Game SF
During Match Game SF here at Westercon in Pasadena yesterday afternoon, we paused and kproche called upon everyone present to think of you at JayCon and you got a round of applause from the audience.
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The NewroticGirl
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-07-04 16:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
<3
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-07-04 17:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It was sweet to see you back to your old self. I'm sure you paid the price afterwards, but at one point, while you were waxing Jayish, ramblinphyl and I looked at each other and grinned.

He's back, we said to each other.

So nice to see that Jay grin again.
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Misty Marshall
User: mistymarshall
Date: 2010-07-04 21:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wish I could have been there.....Happy birthday my friend
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torreybird
User: torreybird
Date: 2010-07-05 15:45 (UTC)
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Congratulations on another year, another life, another chance to wreak retribution on bearers of vuvuzelas. May there be many, many more!
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