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Not all days are good ones.

amorpha-system:

(Switching to “standard” pronouns in this post because this is a time when I really really can’t deal with flack for using nonstandard ones.  For my friends, just substitute the ones you know I prefer when you read this.)

One of my cats has been diagnosed with lymphoma.  She’s always been kind of runty— my housemate and I suspect she may have been the runt of her litter— and had some health problems, but she’s been getting more and more of them over the past year and with increasing frequency and losing weight.  The vet is pretty sure it’s lymphoma because all the symptoms match and she has a mass in her intestines plus swollen lymph nodes.  

We’ll know more on Monday, when she goes in for a lymph node biopsy and some ultrasounds.  There is some good news in this.  One of them is that lymphoma is one of the most treatable feline cancers, and with most types, the earlier you catch it, the better the prognosis is.  Cats with it can and do go into remission, sometimes permanent remission.  The other good news is that she is still eating, a lot, and she needs to gain as much weight as possible right now, before she starts any kind of treatment. (One of the problems my 18-year-old cat who died of chronic renal failure some years ago had, was that she had already lost a lot of weight before being diagnosed and starting treatment, and weight loss is one of the biggest hazards for cats with that illness.)

She’s a big fighter.  She’s always been a big fighter.  She’s gone through respiratory problems, recovered from a torn ligament and gone from walking around on three legs to tearing around the house on four, has a deformed vertebra in her spine and something like minor hip dysplasia but it sure doesn’t slow her down, etc.  She tries to bring home lizards half her size (generally playing dead, and we thank her very much for trying to help feed her human family).  She’s a cat who absolutely embraces life and all the fun things in it.  

My housemate is very close to her, and she’s really more my housemate’s cat than mine.  Not only are they very emotionally bonded, she helps out my housemate with her own health issues— meowing and walking on her chest to wake her up if she’s showing signs of getting sleep apnea so she won’t stop breathing in her sleep, or if she’s showing signs of refluxing in her sleep.

The cost is going to be a problem.  I have savings accounts that I can draw on, and so does my roommate, but we try to be careful about those because jobs have always been an on-and-off thing for both of us due to disability issues.  There’s a chance I might be able to get a long-term one lined up later this year or next year, but I don’t want to hang my hopes on anything before it comes through for sure, and I’ve been burned in the past by jobs that never materialized.  Anyway, the thing is, because of all that, my housemate has set up a fundraiser. (The name is a pseudonym because she doesn’t like to use her legal name online for some very valid reasons, but any money donated from it will go straight to her bank account.)

We don’t expect to raise anywhere *close* to the $5000 estimate, so don’t think we’re asking for thousands of dollars or anything— it’s more like “every little bit helps.”  The $5000 is more like a worst-case financial scenario for the costs of tests plus treatment. (There was one story my housemate found online from a guy whose cat had feline lymphoma for five years before the vets finally caught it, and was successfully treated and is still alive.  It cost him $7000 in the end though, mostly for tests.) If we do somehow manage to meet that goal and the total cost of treatment is under $5000, my housemate and I will do everything we can to refund some money to everyone who donated.

What will help most now is any spare money for the initial round of tests (lymph node biopsy, X-rays and ultrasound) plus emotional support from friends and reminders to take care of myself while all this is going on, because neglecting myself is not going to help her.  And this doesn’t mean I won’t contribute what I can to other signalboosts, too.  But I think health treatment for companion animals can be every bit as important as it can be for humans, and is especially important when the animal in question serves as both emotional support and health support (in whatever ways they can) to a human.

Please help these people out. They’ve been good friends of mine for over ten years.

Next time you get a “tumblr/facebook questionnaire” asking you to work out your porn star name or something, remember this…

badwolfbutch:

butchboiblues:

semperfrosty:

Your mother’s maiden name, the name of your first pet, your birthday and the first street you grew up on are usually the same fields used for password security reset questions

Stay Frosty

Fuck y’all. Good looking out

oh my god

mondaynighthorrors:

gallifreyanturtles:

mondaynighthorrors:

themondaynightwars:

gallifreyanturtles:

Seriously guys he’s not leaving me alone. He keeps sending texts and I don’t even know who is it. 
His number is (920)523-1101
Blow up his phone if you can. Please?

Text or call this number and say WHATEVER you want. But end the call or text by saying “24 days.” Do it, please! Sick fucker.

People like this piss me off so much.

Anyone know how to track the guy down?

He texted me my street address so I reported him to the police. 

They couldn’t do much except write a written report so please if you can, keep harassing me. He keeps texting me and has called me a few times. He knows I reported him because the cop talked to him. He keeps saying he can pick me up and hook up and texting my address. I go to work alone, I’m at home alone at nights on some nights and I am not going to let some fuckbag become a paranoia over my life. 

Keep harassing, please. 

And thank you so much for those of you who have texting him or spread his number. I appreciate your time very much. 

Okay, now that is WAY beyond out of line. What the actual fuck?

Signal boosting again to help Jiji out!

lolbatty:

saucy-dwen:

beastygrowl:

traediras:

mrcontro:

scaleeth:

kimbley:

scaleeth:

mrcontro:

Everyone on my Tumblr dash, PLEASE watch this. Especially if you are a creative artist:

Adobe is going to scrap their hard copies (disks) for their software (Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash), and have you pay a subscription for the latest software called the Adobe Creative Cloud. $50 per month. Could you really afford such an expense in the long run?

This is really disturbing. Please hear what he has to say, it really is a serious situation for working artists. Pass this along so others may know about the Adobe Creative Cloud and how horrible it is.

Yep… Just went to see how much Flash costs. You know, to just buy the program? Guess what? After spending a while looking, it appears that you CAN’T anymore. You have to pay an outrageous subscription fee. I hate adobe. Is there a petition going around to stop this nonsense? Because I want to sign it.

Thanks! I know a lot of artists and people who like art follow me. You guys should go sign that.

Today I just signed the petition in the voice against the Adobe Creative Cloud. For those who are not familiar with what the new Creative Cloud can do to you as an artist, I really suggest you watch this video.

For those who have seen, reblogged, faved, here’s the link (as shown in the previous reblog) to sign the petition. Anything can happen, Adobe really needs to know that many artists are not supportive of them controlling not just the software..but the content worked on the Cloud.

Signed! Boosting the signal, I prefer to be able to buy my software.

I’m not going to fucking SUBSCRIBE to Photoshop. What the fuck do you expect me to tell people, “sorry, can’t do your commission this month. Couldn’t afford the Photoshop rent”?

This is why I use Corel Painter :|b So few people seem to and I don’t understand why. It’s so much cheaper, super versatile, and doesn’t have this bullshit surrounding it :/

we need some brilliant programmers out there to write something better than photoshop, maybe something versatile and open source?  i’d crowdfund that.

There is the GIMP, but in my experience… it is NOT user friendly, and nowhere near usable for professional illustration.

veernyc:

veer nyc is trying to break $2,000 by tonight (which would only be day #5!)! Help us out! About half of our t-shirts are already gone, so get them while you can. Also, does anyone want a pizza party on us?

www.indiegogo.com/veer-nyc

I’m not an androgynous woman, but I can completely get behind this idea.

vestien:

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Thanks to some last minute notices from a third-party, my mother and I are now saddled with extra bills because of it. Unfortunately now, we’re just scraping by paycheck to paycheck, so a couple extra dollars would make a huge difference.

Gonna keep things real simple for this tho. These will be the same as above examples: single format (1 character per picture), duel-toned, bust sketches.
(but, if you’re interested in getting one of my normal commissions, they’re listed here)

Pretty please email me at vestien@ymail.com to request a commission. Do NOT send me any asks, esp since lately tumblr isn’t letting me reply to anything…. Once I’ve accepted your request, I’ll give you my paypal and will start work after receiving confirmation of payment.

I’ll draw, or at least try to, draw anything.  Ocs, fanart, fictional characters…(nothing real gory please). if I feel like I just cannot do your request, I do have the right to decline.  

Also, I always have an extra bonus if you order a commission from me.  When receiving your final picture, I’ll send along a coupon code to get 15% off at my storenvy

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!