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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-11-28 07:33
Subject: [personal] Giving thanks
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Tags:cancer, child, culture, family, friends, health, jerseygirl, personal, publishing, radiantlisa, writing
Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. For the rest of you, I suppose it's just Thursday. But whether it's Thursday or Thanksgiving, this is as good a day as any for giving thanks.

I am thankful to my parents and my family for bringing me into this world and setting me on a path in life which has been more than satisfactory.

I am thankful for [info]the_child, who is the light of my life and the devilment of days, as it should be with children.

I am thankful for Lisa Costello for joining me in the last days of my life, and sharing love in a time which can be profoundly unloveable.

I am thankful for all the people who love me, and all the people I love. Friends, family, lovers, colleagues, the tribe here in Portland, Ken and John, my postal clerks, the guys at the Lamp and the whole team at Brooklyn Pharmacy — all you people who keep an eye out for me and check up on me and help me in ways ranging from tiny to life changing.

I am thankful for the publishing career I've had. I did not achieve even a fraction of my overweening ambitions, but I think if I had done so I'd be a smaller person than I am. One should always aspire to more. In any event, I have achieved so very much more than any rational hope would ever have dared, and for that I am very grateful to my mentors, my fellow writers, my agent and editors and publishers, my readers, critics and fans.

I am thankful for the life I still have, despite the terrible disease which haunts my body every day. I fully expect this to be the last Thanksgiving I ever celebrate, but it is also the sixth Thanksgiving since my cancer first came upon me. I am grateful to all the doctors, nurses, NPs, MAs, technicians, researchers, clinic staffers, and medically-inclined friends who have conspired to keep me alive even this long.

I am thankful to be here, and I am thankful you are here too.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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dinogrl: thanksgiving
User: dinogrl
Date: 2013-11-28 18:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Enjoy your day!
We love you!
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User: swan_tower
Date: 2013-11-28 21:38 (UTC)
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I'm thankful we still have you. And even more thankful that you still have you.
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User: rovanda
Date: 2013-11-29 00:46 (UTC)
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I'm thankful you're still here, for now and for however much longer.

Thank you!
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User: mlerules
Date: 2013-11-29 05:40 (UTC)
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Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, m'dear. Wish I could be there as well as here today. ox
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Coyote: brakhat! (icon by starlightforest)
User: coyotegoth
Date: 2013-11-29 08:22 (UTC)
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I am thankful to be here, and I am thankful you are here too.

And to you, sir.
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User: goulo
Date: 2013-11-29 08:41 (UTC)
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I'm thankful to have known you for so long. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

(We enjoyed our personal traditional vegan Polish Thanksgiving here...) :)
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