Today I celebrate my 6th anuversary. On this day in 2011, I went into surgery and had my anus, rectum, and 20cm of large intestine removed, routed through my stomach, and turned into a stoma.

I wrote a book about it.

The surgery took 13 hours, give or take, and I was in hospital for 11 days (I think) thereafter. It, and the recovery process that followed, seems like a distant memory now – but an awful, awful one nevertheless.

I remain profoundly grateful to the doctors and nurses who saved my life, and to the friends and family who carried me through that recovery. I could not have done it without every last one of you.

Thank you.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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2 Responses to Anuversary

  1. aaronthepatriot says:

    I didn’t know your surgery was so close to the same day you met Janica! I’d like to quip that this time of year seems to be for you losing a bit of your “asshole”, and I guess I just did quip it to be honest, but I knew you on the newsgroup and if you lost any of it from meeting Janica, it was hardly missed XD

    • stchucky says:

      Oh, well played. Yes, Janica was the proverbial bird, who paid her first visit to my mountain of asshole in 1999, and sharpened her beak…

      This metaphor got away from me fast.

      nObDeadpool: And hard.

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