A movie about chronic pain, Cake, released in January of 2014 and starring Jennifer Aniston (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress),
was originally a short story written by Patrick Tobin. It is from this scene that the movie gets its title:
In the story there is a scene when Claire has a dream involving her friend, Kate, a woman from Claire’s chronic pain support group.
Kate has recently committed suicide.
Drug Induced Hallucination #3:
Kate walked into my hospital room carrying a cake with a bunch of candles on it. I told her I liked her new look.
“Thanks,” Kate said. “I wish I could say the same about you.”
“The morphine makes it kind of hard to fix myself up.”
“You’re probably wondering about the cake.”
“I didn’t want to be rude, but yes.”
“Remember that time when Annette asked us what our dream would be if we didn’t have chronic pain?”
“I always hated her drippy little exercises.”
“You said your dream involved the Brazilian soccer team.” Kate crinkled her nose in disapproval.
“And you said you wished you could bake your kids a birthday cake.”
Kate lit the candles. “Everyone in the group cried after I said that. You didn’t though.”
“I had my reasons.”
“I know that now.”
“To be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with the whole Saint Kate thing.”
“Saints don’t jump off the San Pedro Bridge onto a Maersk cargo ship.”
“I thought you’d like it.”
Kate brought the cake over to me. “Make a wish,” she said.
I closed my eyes and blew out the candles, even though I couldn’t think of anything to wish for. When I opened my eyes, Kate threw the cake out the window and jumped out after it. There was a sickening thud and someone started screaming from the street below. A nurse ran into my room.
It took me awhile before I realized that the person screaming was actually me.