While waiting for my cancer to miraculously disappear, I’ve been as productive or maybe even more productive as an artist than any other time of my life. And I’ve also had four more unchronicled surgeries since I last wrote about my cancer experiences in late 2009. Its hard to maintain focus and stay productive while skirting around the minefield of aging with cancer.
But today is an especially good day for me, following an especially bad couple of months. I came home from the hospital yesterday after a five day stay, recovering from an infection near my spine. I’m very grateful it turned out not to be as serious as it might have been. A couple of weeks before that, I had a major surgery to replace the hardware in my back – two titanium pins and a titanium vertebrate replacement that keep me upright. And before that, in April, I had surgery to remove more of the ever growing tumor that has lived along my spine for more than four years now. Even earlier, sometime last year, I had another surgery now too long ago to remember exactly when or why. Balancing out all of my recent hospital and recovery time, I have been preparing for two showings of my work coming up this year, one in Raleigh and one in Chapel Hill. Yesterday morning I wasn’t sure I could endure one more surgery and stay in the hospital. Now, 24 hours later I’m sitting on top of the world. It seems the lower the lows, the higher the highs. Or it could just be the drugs.
Today is also the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. I was invited to participate in a global art project organized by Diego Lopez Calvin of Madrid call “Time In a Can“. Forty of us around the world are placing pinhole cameras in our environments starting today, that will record photographs for up to six months. I managed to place two cameras today. My walking is still a bit limited, so my first two cameras are close to home, one on my deck and one on the windshield of my car. Three more to put out in the next few days. Art (and/or play) marches on.