Saturday, December 29, 2012

How the Grinch (aka: A Brain Tumor) Stole Christmas


Snowpocalypse, originally uploaded by margotwood.
Happy winter everyone!

As you can tell from my blog, I haven't done a YA-inspired fauxto in some time. There are a few reasons for that and I'd like to share them with you.

I was holding off on new photos since Thanksgiving because I had an epic vacation planned in the Canadian rockies. There, I was planning on doing photos for Shiver, Unearthly and Shadow and Bone. This trip was going to be amazing and the photos were sure to be some of my best work yet, given the landscape and opportunities.

However, that trip never happened.

On December 23rd, while I was in Boston, I got a call from my Mom. She told me that she was in the hospital because my Dad had an accident.

Well, shitballs. (Yes, that was my immediate reaction.) I figured my Dad had done something stupid and gotten mildly hurt. He's been known to do such a thing. I mean, let's be honest. This is the man who willingly dresses up like a storm trooper and jumps in pools for my photos....he's prone to accidents of a silly nature.

But that's not what happened this time. This time, while cycling, he fell off his bike and had a 3 minute  seizure. Luckily for him, he rides with a big group of fellow surgeons and they were with him at the time. They quickly called an ambulance and got him to the hospital.

Turns out, my Dad, the biggest supporter of my photographic adventures, my biggest role model, the guy who is invincible. . . has a brain tumor.

Pardon my language but, WHAT THE FUCK.

Dads aren't supposed to get sick. Dads who dress like Superman are DEFINITELY not supposed to get sick, let alone have a freaking brain tumor.

So, what did I do? The only thing a daughter can do. I got on the next flight home on Monday to Cincinnati to be with my family.

On Tuesday, Christmas day, we celebrated in the hospital room. My Dad did his best to partake in the fun, and we did our best to act happy and jolly. Suffice to say, it's a bit difficult to spread holiday cheer when you're stress eating Christmas tree cookies and pounding the bourbon with your sisters who are equally as sad/stressed/scared as I am.

On Wednesday, he went into surgery and had the tumor biopsied and removed. I'll spare you the medical jargon but to sum things up, it was a malignant tumor that somehow grew in the span of 2 months. (My Dad had his brain scanned at the end of October and it was clear. That little tumor bastard grew in two months. Fuck you, tumor. Fuck you.)

The surgery went well, the doctor was confident he removed all of the infected tissue and amazingly, my Dad was able to come home on Friday - two days after brain surgery! He really is Superman.

While my Dad has a long way to go, chemo, radiation, physical therapy and who the hell knows what else, he did tell me one thing before I left for NYC.

He told me to take as many YA fauxtos as I can and really try to get published this year.

So that's what I'm going to do. To honor him, to honor the books I love so much, to honor all of you who cheer me on and provide amazing support, I promise to take as many photos as I possibly can - starting with this stupidly cheesy photo (the one at the top of this post) I took right after our little conversation. Until my Dad starts having fun again (he is a true believer in the High Church of the Fun Machine), I will do my best to make him smile.

So stay tuned in 2013. May it be tumor free and filled with fauxtos. As Rae Carson (author of the book from which this fauxto was inspired) noted in the comments, it's going to be a fauxtopocalypse.


I wish you all the best in the New Year!


PS- Enjoy this throwback photo of me and Dad.



27 comments:

  1. Sending so much love and good wishes to both you and your dad! He sounds like a magnificent person, and I'm glad the tumor was caught and removed. <3

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    1. Thank you Kat!!!

      PS- I feel so honored the real KAT ZHANG - author extraordinaire!!! - commented on my blog!

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  2. Don't know you personally, but am really glad I found your cool twitter account. Hope your dad feels better soon. Keep up the great fauxtos, you are an inspiration!

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    1. I'm so glad you found my blog! Thanks for your comment and if you ever have any book recs, feel free to share!

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  3. Love times a million to you, Margot! I can't wait to see you fauxtograph the shit out of 2013!

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  4. So sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounds like an amazing guy, and I wish him the most Superman-esque recovery possible. AND, I greatly look forward to the coming FAUXTOPOCALYPSE!!

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  5. Addison Lanier (the older one)December 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Margot, son Addison put me onto your blog, 15 minutes ago, telling me of your father's operation. I hadn't known. Yes, for sure, he's Superman. (I know he is Superman, because he has always told me he is Superman.) Count me among those routing for him in every way I can. Love and VERY best to all Woods!

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  6. WOW. This sucks so, so much for you and your family to have to go through! I'm praying for a complete and speedy recovery for your Dad, as well as every opportunity to come your way to fulfill your goals and dreams. You can BOTH do it!!

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  7. I am sorry to hear about your Dad, but I am glad to hear he is doing well and he sounds epically awesome! :) You guys will be in my thoughts and definitely wishing you well in your writing pursuits!
    Off topic but I mentioned your blog during my highlights this week!

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    1. Wow, thank you Alisa for the mention on your blog!!!

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad but I am so happy to hear that he is doing well, and being so positive. If I've learned anything this year, it's that things can happen so unexpectedly... it's just out of control. Anyway, I also love his advice. Wishing you all the best in 2013. I have high hopes for the year. :)

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  9. keep up the good fight - family is important. and i am just glad to have known the pre-fauxto margot before you blow up and get all famous and whatever.

    ps: this has inspired us to get the G+J blog back up and running too. damn kids!

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  10. Omg--Margot, I am so sorry I missed seeing this! I am SO sorry for everything you and your family have been going through, but I am so, so glad that your dad is okay. (We've had similar experiences in my family, too, so really--I know how scary it is.) Big hug to you--I'm glad that you're trying to focus your thoughts and energy in a positive way.

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  11. Margot, I'm so sorry for all your family has been through! Best wishes for a quick and full recovery for your Dad. I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for all of you. You are very talented and I look forward to having your fabulous YA Fauxto-filled book on my coffee table very soon!;)

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  12. I am so sorry this happened. I'm glad that the tumor is removed and hope the best for your dad's recovery. Looking forward to your fauxtos! You are a talented lady and I can't wait to see what you have in store. Best wishes. x

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  13. Ack, I can't believe I missed this. I'm SO sorry to hear about your dad, but I am damn glad that he rides with surgeons and that he was getting the best care possible. I hope that your dad is trucking along now with his recovery, with you and your family at the helm. And I am looking forward to seeing the fauxtocalypse. If you come to Toronto, we will shower you with mad and wonderful ideas for fauxtos and help you make them happen. Promise. And if you go to the Rockies, I will email some friends there to help you make fauxtos happen there. We will make your dad smile and get you published!

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  14. I stumbled across your blog the other day, and am only getting around to seeing this post. I am so sorry to hear about your dad - that certainly sounds like a tough situation to be in. He's definitely a trooper, and I'm thinking of him and you and your family and praying for all the best for you guys!

    I'm very excited to see your fauxtos! From what I've seen as I looked through your past entries, you're truly talented. I look forward to the future ones ahead, and definitely wish you the best with them and with getting published!

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  15. Margot...thinking of you and your family and sending tons and tons of positive thoughts. Through your blog posts, pictures where family members have helped you, and the evident love of your father, it sounds like he has a lot of amazing people cheering him on. You can add me to that list...I'm hoping for nothing but positive things this year for your father, you, and the rest of your family.

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  16. I stumbled upon your site from Pintrest. I had just read the series Daughter of Smoke & Bone and loved it. If there is any message to be found in the book, it is hope.

    I also admire your father, someone who has been through a lot with this fight for his life and still keeps his head up. How lucky that he has an amazing family by his side. I'm sure you know that that you all give him strength.

    I loved what wonderful encouragement from your father to keep working on your images and published into a book. It is the greatest gift, for someone to believe in you.

    Keep doing what you are passionate about. From what I've seen, you are heading to who you dream to be.

    Keep fighting.

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  17. This is really hard. Best wishes to you and your old man and the rest of your family. I really, really hope things turn out okay. It sounds like you are an inspiration to your dad. I think your photography is beautiful, too.

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  18. whoa that's so scary. i always think of dads as being invincible, too, and it's really scary when you realize that they aren't. i am so glad that they were able to remove the tumor. your dad sounds like an awesome person and i wish him a quick recovery. you should definitely try to get published this year. who's to argue with superdad?

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  19. I just discovered your blog and I think you take amazing photos, I love how you take a book and come up with a beautiful picture related to the story. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, he sounds like an awesome dad. I think it's great that he supports your work and wants you to keep doing what you do. I will keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  20. I know I'm late to the conversation, but I'm glad they caught it and took it out in time. I have to agree Dads are superheroes and confer upon yours superpowers. Here's to making his shared dream of yours come true this year. You've got mad skillz.

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  21. This is her dad (the real dad) speaking.Isn't therealfauxtographer fun? I've been giving her shit for way over 20 years, she is very adept at returning it up a notch? Thanks for the support, we just entered the final two weeks of poison and torture, all going well, tumor is either gone or very pissed.I'm wearing Superman outfit to the final torture just so they will know I'm serious. Thanks to thetherealfauxtographerreaders.

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  22. This must've been a hard post. My dad last year was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident. It was tough. You know... its your dad. He is never supposed to be hurt. I wish you guys all the best and hope things are going well.

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