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The Celtic story of Blodeuwedd has fascinated me since childhood. If you are not familiar with the mythology, Blodeuwedd was created from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet, and oak as a wife for Llew, the son of Arianrhod.
To briefly summarize, Llew brought shame upon his mother, resulting in her curse upon him: he could not marry a mortal woman and therefore could not become king. His cousins, Math and Gwydion, created Blodeuwedd for the sole purpose of fulfilling Llew’s destiny. After their marriage, Blodeuwedd took a lover named Gronw and the two plotted the demise of Llew. Tragically, she causes the death, or near death, of both her husband and lover. Llew is wounded, turns into an eagle and flies away, but is found and nurtured back to health by Math and Gwydion. Gronw was not as fortunate, and upon his death Blodeuwedd is turned into an owl (Blodeuwedd means both “flower face” and owl). One might find it strange for a child to bond with such a story, but I was a strange child indeed!
When I started playing video games in my late twenties I fell in love with the name Blodeuyn, which means flower and is syntactically related to Blodeuwedd. It felt natural to start using the name as my gaming alias and over the years Blodeuyn has become so familiar to me that it is now part of my identity. The association is so intertwined with my soul that my friends call me Blode more often than Joce or Jocelyn (my birth name).
Blodeuwedd’s story is much more detailed than what I have covered in this post. You can read entire myth at druidry.org: The legend of Blodeuwedd.
deu pronounced as “day” in English
I had a PET scan at Mayo Clinic on July 8th and the results came back clean – there is no evidence of cancer at this time. My surgeon is pleased with where I am in regards to tissue fibrosis and the nerve graft. He is also hopeful that I might be having early signs of improvement with facial tone and nerve function.
I will return to Mayo this autumn for another scan and a second eye surgery (lateral tarsorrhaphy in tarsal strip).
While I am ecstatic that there is no sign of cancer on the scan, the trip and tests have left me completely drained.
The healing process is frustrating, and many days it feels like I am not healing at all, but it is encouraging that the doctors say I am doing really well at this stage post-surgery and treatment.