On my birthday last year, I was embedded with the 23rd Sappers, on my first mission, “outside the wire”. Insurgents were observed concealing an IED at our FOB’s intersection with Highway 1 in Kandahar Province, on the border with Helmand. The 2nd platoon found it two IED’s, disposed of them, and I got to document it all. One of my more unique birthdays.
This year’s birthday was just as unique, but way less dangerous. This year, I got to spend it with my family in Sedona, Arizona. Family is the most important thing. It was kind of billed as my 45th birthday gathering, but it was really more of a welcome out of cancer/treatment with my immediate family celebration. My last “treatment”, as they call it, happened last week. It (chemo) is technically still in me, working it’s chemical magic: killing cells with a high metabolism.
I think everybody is happy to have that part over, most especially me. I’m looking forward to getting creative again. Paid creative. The monkeys are hungry, and I’m looking forward to earning monkey kibble.
As far as cancer goes, it’s a wait and see game.
We kicked it at the Hilton and enjoyed the redrock of the Oak Creek Canyon area from the air-conditioned rooms of our hotel. Kind of. Got a few cool pics out of it too.