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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-09-23 04:32
Subject: [cancer] Flipping the bone yoyo
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Tags:calendula, cancer, child, health, healthcare, personal
Some very big news last night. No chemo forthcoming after all. I'm blitzed right now: taking oral Dilaudid post-operatively, seriously insomniac, and on day eight of a lower GI shutdown. My ability to assemble a cogent commentary, let alone the relevant thank yous to one and all, is well beyond my current grasp.

Nonetheless, well...

This is huge.

Cancer is much, much bigger than me. It's quite possibly the thing that will take my life some day. After all, something has to. But this cancer will not take me now, or soon. It's much bigger than me and everyone around me, but we have beaten it. As we would have beaten it even if I'd been locked into the chemo chair for another six months.

In the mean time, I have this liver surgery to get over. It's simultaneously the most and least complex of my cancer surgeries, depending on how I choose to look at all this. I need to stabilize my sleep. I need to get my lower GI restarted or I risk being back in the hospital soon. I have lots of things to talk about here on the blog, a book or two to get back to writing. And, well, life.

In this life, the cancer gods have let me walk free a while longer. Excuse me while I go laugh in the sunlight with calendula_witch, the_child and everyone who loves me.

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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-09-23 11:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
...and, from the comments on your earlier post, it appears that EVERYONE does, indeed, love you!

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The Earth Goat
User: earthgoat
Date: 2010-09-23 12:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enjoy that sunlight and those loved ones. You deserve it.
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User: mizkit
Date: 2010-09-23 12:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, Jay, that's wonderful.
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User: martyn44
Date: 2010-09-23 12:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Coincidence, I know, but as I read this news the sun began to shine here on hitherto murky Tyneside. Go laugh. There's a lot of us smiling.
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User: elizaeffect
Date: 2010-09-23 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Missed the earlier announcement but YESSSSSSSSSSSSS
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2010-09-23 13:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been so very very glad and thankful to hear the news, Jay (went Twitterwide last night). Best news in a long time.
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his wholiness the rev drjon: CSICON
User: drjon
Date: 2010-09-23 13:16 (UTC)
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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2010-09-23 13:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Terrific news!
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-09-23 13:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so relieved to hear that you won't be on chemo again.

Take care of yourself, and let your body heal. We can all live with a little less Jay Lake in the short term if it means we'll get the usual complement in the long term. :-)
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-09-23 13:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Seriously good news, Jay, and long wished for. You've just brightened up a day that started out pretty gloomy here.

Concentrate on healing now. I'm sure you'll be back in your routine before you know it.
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User: fledgist
Date: 2010-09-23 13:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's good news indeed, Jay.
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User: twilight2000
Date: 2010-09-23 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow - now *that's* a present from the universe. So glad you've come to this point. Happy September!
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Michael Curry: alton
User: mcurry
Date: 2010-09-23 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I hope your post-op symptoms go away soon, so you can better enjoy all of that sunlight.

And congratulations again on the awesome news!
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ferragus: WarTuba
User: ferragus
Date: 2010-09-23 14:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was going to post that's it's raining here, and that I intended to go laugh in the rain anyway ... but the sun's just come out!

Must be a sign. Heading off to laugh

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User: doctorbabe
Date: 2010-09-23 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wow, it's hard to find the words to respond. That is just the greatest news. Enjoy!
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