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by Dhamaka

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Only 2 cycles left and just one more chemo. I've been working like crazy to get enough work done because today or tomorrow my fingernails and toenails will start hurting like crazy (the feeling you get when your finger is slammed in the door, but for more than a week).

I think I have today left. If I'm lucky I'll have tomorrow too.

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at

5 weeks 3 days

kel says:

Hope you get tomorrow as well.

That is a great and stunning portrait. Hope that's ok to say, but you look good even if you feel like shit.

25th Sep 2009, 14:08

Dhamaka says:

thanks Kel
of course it's OK to say. In fact I wasn't feeling all that bad last night when I took it. I did some filming and while I would prefer to have hair, seeing myself on the rushes (in the rushes?) made me realise I don't look that bad. Yet.

25th Sep 2009, 14:23

taniwha says:

What a fantastic profile

25th Sep 2009, 14:26

Twiglet says:

You're beautiful Dhamaka. XXXXX

25th Sep 2009, 14:29

kel says:

on or in, never sure. *reaches for the guardian style guide* x

25th Sep 2009, 14:31

Viv says:

such great bone structure - a bit like Nefertiti :)

25th Sep 2009, 15:59

mysteritmo says:

My thoughts are with you always on this. I love reflections and this is a great photo.

25th Sep 2009, 16:23

mara says:

dear Nefertiti you're always so beautiful and charismatic and true.
a big hug

25th Sep 2009, 16:51

Orbit says:

You look very beautiful like this.

25th Sep 2009, 16:54

beth says:

I can see the nefertiti thing too! you've definitely got a good head. You look tired but strong


25th Sep 2009, 17:07

daz, nli, says:

Stunning profile. xo

25th Sep 2009, 17:18

Have you considered that all that beautiful hair merely served to distract from a truly stunning face? Because that's what I'm thinking now.


25th Sep 2009, 18:32

Caine says:

I am so struck by your timeless beauty. This is a great self portrait.

I'm pleased you are so close to the end of chemo now and I'm sorry you're having to deal with such nasty side effects. Soon that will be all over, and you'll even have a fuzzy head in no time!

25th Sep 2009, 18:38

Puddikat says:

Stunning as ever :)

25th Sep 2009, 19:04

Wendle says:

Always gorgeous x

25th Sep 2009, 19:18

MaggieD says:

You are one amazing lady .... love and hugs from me :)

25th Sep 2009, 19:25

Sprocket says:

that is one fabulous portrait


25th Sep 2009, 20:49

I think you look great, feels strange that my eye is drawn to the earing.

Shame you haven't posted one with that litte smile that looks so good on you to warm the shot up a bit.

25th Sep 2009, 20:49

Kostika says:

You look beautiful. You're truly an inspiration.

25th Sep 2009, 21:13

cariadus says:

Definitely inspirational.
Beautiful portrait.

25th Sep 2009, 23:38

Viv says:

I was drawn to the earring too

26th Sep 2009, 01:12

Tori says:

A really amazing self portrait.

26th Sep 2009, 04:54

queserasara says:

Oh y - beautiful image - a living & breathing embodiment of an Egyptian Queen.

26th Sep 2009, 07:46

FilbertFox says:

Still looking good lady.

I can't imagine the nail pain thing :(

26th Sep 2009, 22:15

Dhamaka says:

taniwha, Twiglet - thank you

Kel - long live the GSG

George - thank you but DON'T TOUCH MY FINGERNAILS hehe... seriously, it's not nice but it's not forever and when it's over I'll not have the same sceptre hanging over me that you do (I don't like to think how that might feel)

Viv - thank you. Mum has been saying that for a while but I thought it was through parental bias. Now with you and others saying it I'm going to have to accept it :)

Mysteritmo - thank you. I love that you're back on moblog and blogging such great shots again

Mara - thank you, a compliment indeed and I try

Orbit - thank you

Beth - thank you. Tired but strong is a good summary. So looking forward to an uninterrupted night of sleep

Daz - thank you and it's good to see you here

Laszlo - flatterer!

Caine - thank you. Think I'll be counting the days pretty soon

Puddikat, Wendle, Maggie, Sprocket - thank you!

Eye C - never happy, eh... ;p

Kostika, Cariadus, Tori - praise indeed

QSS - thank you, now that would be an interesting Halloween costume

FilbertFox - thank you, you know I can't imagine it either, until it happens.. better that way

wingmaker - it's really great to see you back. I hope things slowly continue to improve for you

and now a little general nag. Please donate to the charity I've suggested. It doesn't matter how little - 2 dollars, 2 pounds, 2 Euros... It would mean so much...

27th Sep 2009, 07:47

Alex says:

Beautiful and strong. x

27th Sep 2009, 09:17

itchymoblog says:

This stopped me; I haven't seen many pics of you but somehow I knew it *was* you. Had no idea you were going through all this; wishing you strength and rude health! Also, you have a beautiful profile :)

Off to donate some pennies.

27th Sep 2009, 09:52

Dhamaka says:

thank you Alex

itchymoblog - thank you very much. The health will come, but it's going to get worse before it gets better... I really really appreciate your donation, thanks again

27th Sep 2009, 19:28

SLG says:

You Look very beautiful D.
My feet still hurt when I am ill now. Some kind of nerve damage from the drugs. Have tehy told you if this sensation/feeling will be permanent ?

27th Sep 2009, 19:33

seaneeboy says:


This could be a Time cover, you look that stoic and strong, with an undercurrent of vulnerability. Fab shot.

Catch you tomorrow :) x

27th Sep 2009, 19:54

kristiyan says:

Lots of comments, cannot read them, as I'm in a hurry, but not in a hurry enough to skip on telling you how much beautiful you are. I hope I duplicate a lot of comments! Keep on posting! *Waves*

27th Sep 2009, 20:32

Viv says:

there's know yourself and know yourself as others see you :)

28th Sep 2009, 00:44

Dhamaka knuckling on says:

thanks guys
..Viv indeed, but there's also knowing the difference between what people say and what they mean...

thanks for the HL.. was that you seaneeboy?

SLG - it only lasted about 10 days in the last cycle and I'm told that each cycle should follow the same profile

28th Sep 2009, 18:18

EJ says:

This is a powerful and striking portrait.
Wishing you continuing strength for the remainder of your treatment.

28th Sep 2009, 19:27

midlife says:

That is a stunning head shot. Warm hugs.

29th Sep 2009, 05:34

JokerXL says:

Jeeze you're a looker.

29th Sep 2009, 15:27