say cheese

I just talked to Jane and she sounds fantastic.  Actually, I had snuggled up with Juan Carlos the Wonder Kitty™ about an hour ago and dozed off thinking about what to write about tonight.  The phone rang and I grabbed it before I was all the way awake.  I thought I was dreaming for a second.  But, no, there she was, sounding more together, energetic, and on top of things than I did.

God, it's good to hear her voice.  WE LOVE YOU, JANE!!

Arianna Huffington (who I can't help but kind of think of as this blog's Fairy Godmother) has filed an eyewitness report from on the ground in the ICU:

I've just gotten back from visiting Jane Hamsher in the ICU unit at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. For those of you that don't know, Jane has been diagnosed with breast cancer — her third go-around with it — and underwent 8 hours of surgery yesterday.

The surgery went well. Now it's a matter of getting back the pathology reports and figuring out the next treatment options.

Jane was in remarkable spirits — up and walking around the ICU unit, eager to talk politics – and especially Libby. She looks so great you have to keep reminding yourself what she's just been through. And she kept stressing again and again her gratitude to everyone for their love and support.

Jane said she can actually feel our prayers and love around her.  (It's probably just the morphine, but hey…)  I think even she is a little amazed at how well she's doing.  She's been up storming around the hospital corridor twice today, apparently roaring, "BRING ME THE HEAD OF DICK CHENEY!" or something to that effect the whole time. 

Our good friend Monk has a project in mind.  He wants your picture to make a collage of FDL readers.  He needs at least 150 photos to get started, but I'm sure we can do better than that.  Here are your instructions, as per Monk:

(I)f you could have FDL users send me the following to dartmonk at comcast dot net:
 
– an email with "Project JANE" as the subject
– any size .gif or .jpg image of themself (or with others in the pic) attached to the email
– 1 image only!
– include their name (either their nickname or real name) in the body of the email
 
I'd love to get at least 150 of them for the 'collage' – refer to it as that for now or present it however you like.
 
I'll do the rest.

You've got it, Monk.  Kids, you have your marching orders.  Now get to it. 

Thanks to everyone who has written, donated, and offered assistance.  We're not all the way out of the woods yet, but we're a hell of a lot closer than we were before the surgery.  Everyone here at FDL thanks you and appreciates all you do.  Thank you for being a friend of the blog.

Now say 'cheese' for the nice squirrel.