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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-08-17 05:26
Subject: [cancer] You, me and my state of mind
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Tags:cancer, child, funny, health, personal
First and foremost, I need to thank literally hundreds of people, from dear friends to total strangers, for the outpouring of support I've experienced over the past few days. Because yes, in short, this resurgence of cancer is a terrible, horrifying event that I have barely begun to process.

I have received e-cards, social media comments, direct emails, and much more. Donations have been made in my name. Donations have been made directly to me. People have asked how they can help me, help [info]the_child. I have received notes from medical professionals, healthcare researchers, other cancer patients.

I love you all. I wish I could respond to everyone individually.

Thank you all.

Meanwhile, I continue to vacillate between rage, abject terror, and denial. It's a hell of a ride. And it's only going to get a whole lot worse.

As for the details, phone calls continue to fly between various quarters as I set the pins for the next nine months or so. Also, I'm off to the nuclear medicine department this morning for a PET scan. We're not expecting anything new, this is intended to confirm the CT scan. Also, we're looking for additional small, undetected metastases.

As long time readers know from my previous comments on PET scans, I call this the Department of Giant Radioactive Spiders. Because, you know, it's weird. Any medical procedure that involves lead-lined boxes, tungsten-jacketed syringes, and intravenous fluid the color of irradiated Gatorade can't help but be weird.

Wish me and my tumors well.

In other news, Lisa Costello heads back east Saturday morning. After that, I'll be at Portland GEAR Con much of the weekend. Come down and visit if you're in the greater Portland metropolitan area. Off to Omaha Monday on the last of my usual business trips prior to about May of next year.

I've been thinking I need to name my three tumors. Here's some ideas I'm noodling. Please suggest your own thoughts in comments. There will be a poll soon.
  • Manny, Moe and Jack

  • Larry, Curly and Moe

  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer

  • Shirley, Goodness and Mercy

  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

  • Caspar, Balthazaar and Melchior

  • Tinker, Evers and Chance

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Jon Hansen
User: jonhansen
Date: 2012-08-17 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Wynking, Blynking, and Nodd

Huey, Duey, and Louie

Alvin, Simon, and Theodore

Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2012-08-17 18:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I second Huey, Duey, and Louie! May they all get sucked out of airlocks!
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User: dionysus1999
Date: 2012-08-17 13:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld

Davros, (the) Master amd Turlough (worst Dr. Who companion EVER)

Ishtar, Gilgamesh, Enkidu

Baker, Robertson and Swaggert

Asmodeus, Orcus and Mammon

Peter, Paul and Mary
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User: chris_gerrib
Date: 2012-08-17 13:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I kinda like Tinkers, Evers and Chance myself.

Again, really sorry about this shitty news.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2012-08-17 19:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tinker, Evers and Chance were the three most visible on a team of nine.

Just sayin'.
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scarlettina: Cancer
User: scarlettina
Date: 2012-08-17 13:36 (UTC)
Subject: Villains. I vote for the villains.
When I started losing weight, I had a hundred pounds to lose and I needed to find a way to make the prospect of that much weight loss manageable. Then it occurred to me that a cat weighs ten pounds, hence I had ten cats to lose--and ten cats to name. At first I named them affectionate things like John, Paul, George, Ringo, Bob, Carol, Ted, Alice, Ralph, and Norton. And then I realized that I liked all those people enough that it would be harder to lose such cats. So I started thinking of them as Hitler, Ghenghis, Joker, and so on. Easier to lose cats with names of characters I didn't like. I would suggest, as dionysus1999 has suggested with his first proposal, that you name the tumors for people or characters who need killin', because apparently these tumors feel that way about you. Ain't nuthin' sweeter than you getting them before they get you.

Edited at 2012-08-17 01:37 pm (UTC)
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2012-08-17 13:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Mean, Nasty, and Awful
Pox, Pestilence, and Famine
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2012-08-17 14:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Whatever you do, don't name them Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Those fuckers stood in a furnace and survived.
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User: celestialgldfsh
Date: 2012-08-17 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This made me laugh out loud. I'm still laughing.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2012-08-17 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
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Kate: puzzle button: do you know this symbol?
User: kateyule
Date: 2012-08-17 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:puzzle button: do you know this symbol?
and all the little saints?

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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2012-08-17 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Respectfully, I wish your tumors nonexistence in a way not painful to you. You, on the otherhand, get well.
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User: kehrli
Date: 2012-08-17 15:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just wanted to say: thinking of you.

And unable to tell your cancer what I think of it on Twitter, because I'm pretty sure the site would ban me.
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2012-08-17 16:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Brick, Boomer, and Butch

(the Rowdyruff Boys, nemeses of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, the Power Puff Girls)
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User: madrobins
Date: 2012-08-17 16:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What, no Vera, Chuck and Dave?

(I go for Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego, because I always hear Louis Armstrong saying their names).
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Douglas Cohen
User: douglascohen
Date: 2012-08-17 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

Or maybe The Three Amigos: Dusty Bottoms, Lucky Day, and Ned Nederlander
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User: shsilver
Date: 2012-08-17 17:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, Sky Masterson claims to have won a parley bet on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

On the other hand, you really can't go wrong with the Pep Boys.

However, I am a Chicagoan, so my heart is there for Tinker, Evers, and Chance.

Finally, allow me to suggest Chico, Harpo, and Groucho.


Crosby, Stills, and Nash


Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

or for really obscure:

Béatrice, Lina, and Mari-Lou (the actresses who provided the singing voice for the title characters in The Triplets of Belleville).
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Thom Marrion
User: xnbach
Date: 2012-08-17 17:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm going to second Groucho, Chico, and Harpo. I also like Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Maybe Niña, Pinta, and the Santa María?

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User: serialbabbler
Date: 2012-08-17 18:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Knox, Burke, and Hare.
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