[cancer|photos] The chemo bottle ritual, 1 of 12

This afternoon, after we unhooked me from the pump and took a three-mile walk to celebrate, , , and Mother of the Child gathered with me in the yard at Nuevo Rancho Lake to smash the first of the chemo bottles [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. I said a few personal words, then smashed the bottle.

Photos of the ritual:

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Bottle the first.

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Smashing the bottle inside a ritual cloth provided by Mother of the Child.

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The glass, still with the hope and fear enclosed.

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Pouring the glass into a catchment jar. We’ll need to upgrade to a larger jar.

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Me afterwards, pensive.

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Mother of the Child and look on.

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I stopper the bottle with the cloth, and meditate on my cancer.

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and with the bottle.

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The three of us.

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The mantelpiece, with eleven bottles remaining. One down, eleven to go.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

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