Won This One

Kage Baker would, I think, be dancing her triumph dance in the living room  today – the dance that accompanied large checks from publishers, and good reviews. She’d declare it a night for victorious Chinese food, and ice cream.

I am officially cancer-free.

Sort of probational: I still have to see my oncologist for regular checkups for a few years. But the Pathology reports show that my recent hysterectomy was successful in evicting all those lethally confused cells from my body. My blood is clear. All graffiti has been scrubbed off the walls of my pelvis. I’m even cleared to drive a little.

The hot wind of a close bullet definitely ruffled my hair, though. When the biopsy was done, my doctor did a thorough D & C – cleared out my uterus to the walls.  Pathology nonetheless found a new polyp from the hysterectomy, complete with cancerous cells. It was small, it was the only bad bit, and now it’s been kicked out on its ass. But that sure was  nastily aggressive stuff: the new polyp grew in the mere 6 weeks between the two surgeries.

For all the good that did it – Ha!

My darling little doctor informed me that they did 50 slides of my discarded tissue, to make sure they found everything. And all of those slides will go to research after this, so I feel quite virtuous about it all. My doctor is very pleased too, especially as she put off her maternity leave to see me though this. I’d have hugged her, but my arms wouldn’t reach around … we shook hands enthusiastically instead.

So tidily was everything accomplished that I don’t even need chemotherapy. I’ll be seeing my doctor every three months for a while, but I get to keep my hair! And I must admit, I’m pleased about that – I can have the fun of knitting some caps anyway, and I’ll wait for another opportunity to shave my head. One less fraught, I think, so I can get the maximum giggle out of it.

I am also healing with my customary superhuman speed. It’s my one real uncanny skill: I heal fast. It’s why my lymph nodes and assorted pelvic plumbing was obscured by excessive scar tissue, but by God! I hold together!

So Kimberly and I are compiling a list for Chinese food, in order to feast victoriously. This being Los Angeles, there are good Chinese restaurants all over the place – but we have a favourite nearby, the venerable Song Hai Inn. It’s a teeny little narrow dark place, built on one corner of the lot where the original Disney animation shop stood on Hyperion. Kage and I went there often in our young womanhood, to avail ourselves of a truly weird treat: Egg Fu Yung sarnies. On white toast. With bottles of Guiness on the side.

Kage would be glad we’re ordering from them still, I think. Song Hai has survived. And so have I.

About Kate

I am Kage Baker's sister. Kage was/is a well-known science fiction writer, who died on January 31, 2010. She told me to keep her work going - I'm doing that. This blog will document the process.
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24 Responses to Won This One

  1. You are right, that is a wholly weird chinese food item. Oh, and hooray for our side! Hoist a Guinness for me.


  2. Kate says:

    Egg Fu Yung sarnies are extremely weird, but very,very good. Especially in cold weather. The white toast and brown gravy go well together, and the whole effect is rather like an exotic frittata. And of course the Guiness is just good anyway.
    We used to get those and some good bottled Guiness, and go sit in the Bird Sanctuary below the Greek Theatre and plot stories. Ah, good times.


  3. Brad Campbell says:

    Outstanding. Many people, many fans are very happy, and I am one.


  4. mary lynn says:

    Oh, thank the Goddeses!


  5. Kara says:



  6. Lynn Downward says:

    I’m so very thankful that the universe won this one. Thanks be to the 10 month pregnancy of your doctor.


  7. Mervius says:

    Hooray! Excellent news!


  8. Huzzah! Hurrah! Hurray and all other exclamations of joy and relief! Doing the victory danced in your honor! If JimDear weren’t making steak and veg tonight, I’d even order Egg Foo Yung. Probably not with toast, but it’s the thought that counts. Fan Dam Tastic!


  9. Tom says:

    Your news could not be better – not for you, not for the rest of us. Hooray, yaHOO, “Yarrh!” and ‘Rule Britannia!’


  10. Marc Bailey says:

    Ditto Brad Campbell! With exuberance!


  11. Sue says:

    Fantastic News! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to hear that.


  12. Carol Light says:

    How wonderful to hear! How marvelous to celebrate with culinary experiences extraordinaire! How simply grand it is. May all your fortune cookies read “you go girl!”



  13. Kate says:

    Thank you, all of you. I have had the best support and the best luck in the world. And now, Shrimp Chow Fun as well.


  14. alina says:

    Hooray! Awesome! Woo-hoo!


  15. Mark says:

    (….big grinning thumbs up…)

    Exit humming: “”All your dreams can come true, it can happen to you, when you’re young at heart”


  16. Jane says:

    Outstanding! That bullet just did NOT have your full name on it. No chemo even – whew!
    Eat Chinese food all week – or anything else that feels like a celebration. Chocolate too.
    Sending a huge thank you to your splendid, devoted doctor – may she deliver a healthy baby easily and asap. You deserve this fantastic good news!


  17. Widdershins says:



  18. Medrith says:

    Yay yay yay! (Jumping around like Daffy Duck going “Woohoo woohoo!”)


  19. Margaret says:

    Congratulations on the excellent pathology results – and no chemo = better yet!


  20. Doug says:



  21. anna b says:

    We are dancing and singing with joy!!!!


  22. PJ says:

    Coming to this great news late, but SO GLAD. Hope the Chinese was wonderful!


  23. Life has been crazy busy, but I have not forgotten how happy this post made me. I just finally had a few moments to comment on it. And Yea!


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