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May 12, 2012

Dearest Pat,

The other day after reading your very moving post No More Room in the Bucket I kind of fell apart. Even though you had told me that you’d stopped treatment – and although I knew exactly what that meant – I guess a part of me just couldn’t accept it. It was only after reading your blog post (published on the same day I wrote here about still being NED) that it finally struck home. Especially when I read this bit…

“There is no more room in the bucket for big dreams like cross-country train trips. I feel a pang watching tv shows set in NYC, knowing that I’ll likely never visit my favorite city again. It aches to see puppies and kittens and know I’ll never own another one. I’ve never tasted foie gras, or truffles, or uni. I never got to visit the Food Network. I’ll never meet my friend Shawn in person or visit her in Seville, Spain.”

And well, I knew straight away that I had to take you out for tapas!

This video was made on the fly on Thursday with my poky pocket video cam and so my clips turned out pretty rough (one clip showing us having some grilled foie and tuna belly at La Azotea was unsalvageable, but oh well…). Luckily my friend Juan Tarquini not only offered to invite us for tapas at his fabulous Vineria San Telmo, he also very generously edited and polished all my rough cuts into something quite wonderful that I could never have done on my own. I hope it will make you smile.

Everyone really enjoyed meeting you and plying you with fabulous food and drink. It was actually quite an amazing day and I know you touched a lot of hearts here during your brief visit in Sevilla. You will always live in mine.

te quiero Amiga,
Shawn xx

For those of you who don’t already know, I met Pat Steer on the Colon Club forum just after being diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, when all this was new to me and I was scared and looking for helpful information. Pat had been diagnosed four years before me. She became my sister, my friend, my hero. I love her with all my heart.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Jed permalink
    May 12, 2012 5:41 pm

    My stomach is starving but my heart bursting with affection.

    Tapas of love to you both, Pat and Shawn,



  2. May 12, 2012 5:48 pm

    You are a true friend, Shawn. Amazing video, full of life, joy and dedication. Kisses


  3. May 12, 2012 7:56 pm

    This made me quiet… Lots of strength and more warmth for both of you Shawn and Pat…


  4. May 12, 2012 9:59 pm

    This is such a lovely video…your affection for Sevilla, and for Pat, are inspiring. That lovely city is clearly the home of your heart, Shawn.


  5. bigbadjohnnyp permalink
    May 13, 2012 11:59 am

    Quite beautiful.


  6. May 13, 2012 10:22 pm

    Very touching blog post, Shawn. Can’t watch the video here, it contains music of UMG, which is blocked here by the GEMA (performance rights organization)


    • May 15, 2012 1:38 pm

      Bastards! I was told by YouTube they would still publish it but would put an iTunes widget there so people could buy the song. It’s one of my favourites by Paco de Lucia, Entre do Aguas – between two waters.


  7. May 14, 2012 3:27 am

    OMG, and now we have all followed you on a tour of Sevilla too!

    I thought I would be sad watching this, but instead I am looking for a way to sing that you can be anywhere that your heart is.


  8. May 15, 2012 5:31 pm

    Very, very beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes.


  9. Mary Miller permalink
    August 1, 2012 10:00 pm

    Talk about building community, sharing love…Hope I get to Sevilla someday–will look for you!



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