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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-22 07:44
Subject: [personal] What I am thankful for
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Tags:acejordyn, family, friends, personal, publishing, radiantlisa, work, writing
I am thankful to still be alive after four and half years of Stage 4 colon cancer with multiple metastases.

I am also thankful to still be relatively healthy even with these challenges.

I am thankful that I live in a time, place and milieu of social and economic privilege where that survival has even been possible.

I am thankful that I continue to see my daughter grow into a smart, capable, competent young woman.

I am thankful for her recent personal and academic growth, which has show her she can be successful no matter what.

I am thankful for the love of my family, for Lisa Costello and Ace Jordyn and Jersey Girl in Portland, and all my friends and loved ones from here to the far side of the world.

I am thankful for my writing career, for the opportunity to have written and be read, and for whatever lies ahead, regardless of its trajectory.

I am thankful for my job, and the supportive employer, manager and co-workers who have helped me stay economically stable and under full health insurance coverage all this time. They have often gone beyond the bounds of either duty or responsibility in the name of friendship and support.

I am thankful for all of you reading here, both those who remain silent and those who engage me in comments, via email or in person. Apparently I need an audience, and I am thankful that I seem to be entertaining and interesting enough to build and keep that audience.

Most of all, I am thankful for long and wonderful life I've already led. Regardless of where cancer and time's relentless decay may take me in the future, that past and present belong to me, and they are a gift I will cherish always.

What are you thankful for? (Feel free to post a link if you've answered that question elsewhere.)

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User: makoiyi
Date: 2012-11-22 15:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well I am thankful you are here, too. As one of those who doesn't often comment but seeks out your blog on a daily basis, I worry like shit when I don't see one. I did write something, although I am Canadian, because many of my friends are American. A little bitter but...that's life and what it throws at us.
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User: adelheid_p
Date: 2012-11-23 01:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Happy Thanksgiving --I'm still reading even though I'm quieter these days.

Things are getting slightly better at work, though and I'm hoping to have more spoons for non-work things --for which I am thankful.
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User: serialbabbler
Date: 2012-11-22 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, since you asked,

50 things for which I am thankful in no particular order:

1. Sunlight
2. Rain
3. The way a breeze moves across tall grass and makes it ripple
4. The smell of away
5. Books. All books. Any books. Every book.
6. Breakfast
7. Friends
8. The taste of freedom
9. Two steps forward and only one step back
10. The overwhelmingly sensual pleasure of color
11. Time
12. Memory
13. Being able to forget
14. Access to information
15. Quiet dark places
16. Loud bright places
17. Earplugs
18. The underwater green growth of not too deep woods
19. The ability to chew
20. Fresh water
21. The perfect phrase
22. Today
23. Wild strawberries in June
24. Tomorrow
25. Cats
26. The click of mechanical pencils
27. The curl of the wood as it breaks away from a not quite sharpened yet manual pencil
28. Each pause for thought
29. Love
30. The next breath I take...
31. And the one after that
32. Well intended gifts
33. Laughter
34. The privilege of watching anyone grow up
35. Eyeglasses
36. The way everything goes soft when you take the eyeglasses off
37. Good conversation
38. The way the sidewalk feels when you draw on it with chalk
39. Fluffy things
40. The caw-caw of crows in their trees
41. Comfortable chairs
42. Knowing how it feels to sit directly over the heat vent with a blanket around you on a very cold morning
43. Texture
44. The dead man pose
45. Pain pills
46. Finished projects
47. Projects not yet started
48. Getting the house to myself
49. Having company
50. The opportunity to choose
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User: jwjohnson
Date: 2012-11-22 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you Jay Lake. Happy Thanksgiving!
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curious Eve: dancing Jedi
User: curiouseve
Date: 2012-11-22 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:dancing Jedi
Love. Air conditioning. Showers. My beloved kitty cat. Never having to worry about getting enough to eat.
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chessdev: alien
User: chessdev
Date: 2012-11-23 04:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I, am in part, thankful that I have had the pleasure of reading your journal for several years -- you've provided some humorous
and interesting insights that I've had the pleasure to read and at times, pass on to friends of mine.

and I'm thankful you've maintained your battle with cancer despite all the challenges and I continue
to cheer for you.

Just realize, that even beyond your immediate family, your words have made an impression and an impact on others...

Thank you.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-11-23 15:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2012-11-23 16:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm thankful for a circle of friends who are a genuine second family to me. For friends who are like siblings (which I never had) and their children who are like nieces (which I'll also likely never have).
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User: fledgist
Date: 2012-11-24 00:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you're still alive.

I'm thankful that I finally got to meet you in propria persona.

I'm thankful that I'm still alive. I'm thankful for Gail's presence of mind. I'm thankful for my sons, for their mother (currently doing a wonderful job of surviving cancer). I'm thankful for some truly lovely friends.
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