2017, It was a Very _________ Year
(Fill in the Blank)
Memorable, chaotic, challenging, depressing, and unimaginable are adjectives that come readily to my mind. Politically it's been devastating to watch my country become so divisive and fragmented, consumed by animus, name calling, and finger pointing. I've called and texted and marched regularly since the January 20, 2017 local Women's March. And I plan to march once more on January, 2018.
2017 was also not a very good year for my partner Doug who suffered a stroke after successful AAA surgery in May. That was a game-changer, for sure.
But in scouring my photos for the CDP January 1 theme, I kept coming back to this photo of the surgeon's hands as he described the intricate procedure he had just performed on Doug.
The back story how I even took such a photo is that I was assigned by 52Frames, an online weekly photography challenge, to shoot a photo including a sheet of paper. I had no idea what I was going to do, but when Dr. Field asked if I had a piece of paper and he began to draw, I knew this was the moment.
And because I shoot exclusively with my iPhone, I had my camera at hand.
I consider this my photo of the year because despite the stroke, this surgery saved Doug's life. That's because the repair of a potentially life threatening aortic aneurysm means it won't rupture on its own and cause fatal bleeding.
So while 2017 has been anything but a good year politically, it's been a banner year full of hope and optimism personally as Doug continues his recovery.
And for this I am forever grateful.
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