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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Last Shot: The Time Juliana Hatfield Made Me Forget I Have Cancer

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Hatfield remembered our conversation, knew about my current battle with cancer and was happy I made the trip cross-country. I didn't want to take up too much of her time but mentioned she should have covered a Nada Surf song for her album. Hatfield coyly agreed and said that would have been a good idea. While Hatfield was performing her acoustic set, she would give small anecdotes about the songs prior to performing them. Then it happened. Hatfield dedicated Nada Surf's "Fruit Fly" to me and thanked me for coming across the country to see the show. I failed miserably in holding back the tears.

I would never have dreamed that one of my favorite artists would dedicate a song to me. It was a moment I will never forget and was worth every penny of flying out and postponing my chemotherapy. The evening continued to amaze me with a rocking electric set which featured some songs I hadn't heard live in years. Hatfield was super nice, giving me an autographed vinyl copy of My Sister as well as posing for a few portraits for my post on Stereogum.

It was a huge check off my bucket list, and I'm almost convinced that it boosted my immune system, as I was on cloud nine for months after and still automatically smile when I think of how fortunate I was for everything to work out perfectly. I felt like a normal person for that day and forgot I had cancer. Priceless in so many ways and a treasured life moment.

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