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Lori Carey
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Professional photographer and writer specializing in the California desert regions and off road lifestyle
Professional photographer and writer specializing in the California desert regions and off road lifestyle

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A drive-by shot for #SignSunday, with my phone through the window of my Jeep. I just returned from ten days in Wyoming, a bit of a celebration trip because the treatment I'm on currently is working well; I'm back on my feet (not 100% but I feel pretty good) and we wanted to visit someplace we hadn't been before to make some new memories while I still feel up to it. Fell in love with Wyoming & it was hard to leave. The ride home was brutal - 1000 miles of mountain passes in 110+ heat during a wicked heatwave, wildfires raging throughout the southwest, air quality throughout Utah was terrible, my eyes were burning & throat was on fire. Feels good to be back at the coast with cool air, but I already miss Wyoming.

Have lots to share but please be patient with me. Have treatment (infusion) next week, and my stamina isn't what it used to be so I work at a slower pace. ;)
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I know that some of you saw this on Twitter yesterday but I realized I've been neglecting social media lately and I want to let people know that I'm doing okay (with apologies to the friends who have now seen this on both Twitter and Facebook, love you guys!). I finally felt well enough to get out of the house yesterday (it's been 3 months!) and my good friend (and talented photographer) +Alexander S. Kunz took me to lunch. It was so great to spend some time hanging out with a friend, thank you Alex! Yeah my face is puffy from the meds and my hair is doing all kind of funky things (almost time for a trim??), but at least it's growing back (and it's still blonde!!) and I even have some tiny eyelashes again. :) Thanks to Alex for taking this photo and letting me see just how bad I look before deciding to share it haha.

It's only a temporary reprieve, next Tuesday I'm taking the drug that is making me so sick (after skipping the last dose), so I'll probably be hiding in my hole again for a while, but I only have two more doses of that one left (will still be on others for at least a year) and I just need to power through it.

Sorry I'm not doing such a great job keeping up with social media, truth is that it's just emotionally exhausting for me these days. But I'm looking forward to better days ahead.
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Do you know what these are used for?
The abandoned Manzanar Airport, directly across 395 from the Manzanar War Relocation Camp, has been used for many things since it closed including auto racing time trials on the 5,300' landing strip. Last time I visited we spotted these large weights in odd amounts and for the life of me I can't figure out what they are used for. "Almost" one US ton and just over 1.5 US tons?
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Apologies for not posting the past few months. The truth is, it's hard to know what to say when you're dealing with the fact that everyone thinks you're going to die any day. My life has revolved around dealing with the effects of cancer, the side effects of chemo, and trying to get things in place (especially for my husband) for my eventual death, a cold hard fact that we've had to deal with that led to a lot of very tough conversations.The hardest part has been watching my husband struggle to deal with everything and still stay strong for me. He is my rock. Chemo is not a fun journey, but it was the only chance to see if we could stop the cancer from spreading so fast.

Not only did it stop the rampant growth, it miraculously started healing my body beyond the expectations of any of my doctors. Last week I had my follow-up PET scan after 12 rounds of chemo and it showed that the primary tumor in my right breast has shrunk to two small spots and it's no longer in my chest wall, my left breast appears to be completely clear, all of my lymph nodes are clear, my liver is almost clear (two small spots), and the biggest surprise of all - my skeleton once had so many metastases that they were too numerous to count and now they appear to not only be gone, but there are signs that my bones are healing. Amazing progress that I was told I could never expect, so I am extremely grateful. It's not over yet, in another week or so I start another 3-4 month round of chemo (we do 4 weeks on, one week off, as long as my blood work is okay). I will never be "cured", we just want to get to where it's "manageable". This will be my last round of chemo, any more would cause permanent damage, but there are other ways of managing the disease.

It's been hard to keep up with social media, I'm either too sick, exhausted or frankly just not in the mood to deal with much of anything. I hope to start posting again more regularly, but it honestly depends on how I react to this next round of chemo (ugh).

I have been trying to update Facebook monthly as that's where my real life family and friends are, and you are very welcome to friend me there -
https://www.facebook.com/lori.carey.5203

I also pop into Twitter once in a while because several local photographers who are very good friends are there - https://twitter.com/CareyPhoto

One of my sisters sent me this awesome t-shirt. :)
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To the many good friends I've made here on G+, especially those who have become "real life" friends, sorry it took me so long to let you know what was going on with me. I've just been slowly letting people know because I'm not really the type to share my personal problems, let alone on social media.

I have Stage IV metastatic breast cancer with little chance of achieving remission. It's a rare and extremely aggressive type that did an extensive amount of damage in a very short period of time, and I was in pretty rough shape for a while. I'm happy to report that after my first month of chemo I am doing a million times better than I was just a few weeks ago and I am slowly getting back on my feet. If you're interested, I bared my soul in a Facebook post to my friends last week. It's long, but I left it public so you should be able to read it even if you don't have a FB account. https://www.facebook.com/lori.carey.5203/posts/1896747087255646

Right now I don't know what the future will bring. I'm just taking it day by day and staying strong with lots of support from family and friends (now that I let everyone know what was going on haha!). I've had good improvement every week and hopefully we'll be able to keep it managed and under control, at least for a while. I'm still really, really tired and don't have energy for much...hard for someone who is used to living an active life. ;)

The pic is me and my "baby sisters" who flew 3000 miles to spend some time with me. It's the first time the three of us have all been together in ten years, and my youngest sister got over her fear of flying and made her very first plane trip for me. It was so great to spend some time hanging out and laughing with them, and they filled my freezer with home cooked meals. I didn't want to have my photo taken, but now I'm really glad that I caved in and agreed to it. <3

Much love to all

Lori
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To our faithful #SignSunday fans:
My apologies for my sudden and extended "disappearance", I am dealing with some health issues and it will be a while longer before I am ready to spend time on G+ or even on a computer. SignSunday remains in the capable hands of +Jetski and sometimes +Janice LaMere, so please do continue with your submissions and keep the theme going. :)

I look forward to being able to rejoin you all again soon!

Lori
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Ten years ago, memories of my first rock crawling Jeep run at Coyote Canyon in Anza-Borrego, in my brand new Wrangler JK...

http://www.drivingline.com/articles/coyote-canyon-my-first-california-jeep-run/
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Couldn't figure out why I haven't been seeing most of my post notifications. I just discovered that on the Notification tabs there is a dropdown, and you have to go "Other Updates" to see the rest of your notifications (when people tag you).

Sorry I've missed so many, I never realized that there are TWO different notification tabs!
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Happy #SignSunday everyone! Join in the fun with +Jetski and +Janice LaMere .

I know where this is since it's practically in my backyard. Interesting bit of trivia, Trabuco is Spanish for blunderbuss, a type of shotgun.
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A just-for-fun joint project with my husband, this our first aerial (drone) video of some of the incredibly beautiful desert locations we've recently visited. We hope you enjoy seeing some of the amazing places that we love to explore (and I love to photograph) in a whole new light.

Shot with a DJI Mavic Pro and edited in DaVinci Resolve, we're both new to flying a drone and to shooting/editing video so it's a fun learning project for us.

https://youtu.be/NqQAWoTt3tg

Read the backstory on my blog
http://www.loricarey.com/2017/08/learning-to-fly.html
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