SHOPPING IS FUN AGAIN
The April’s Army charity shop on WePay is once again open and ready for business!
For over a year, Regretsy readers have been donating handmade items to our fundraisers. Each time we have a sale, we select someone who needs a helping hand and try to make their wishes come true. ALL profits from these sales go directly to the person in need.
Your generous suport of these sales – as well as other Regretsy fundraisers – has helped bring our total raised for charitable purposes to over $200,000.00 since December, 2009. I hope you’re proud of yourselves, you heartless bastards.
This month, we’re raising money to benefit Misery.
Misery is a longtime reader and contributor to the forums. Last month, I had the pleasure of finally meeting her and her beautiful daughter in person.
Simply put, Misery has been through hell.
Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia at a young age, she was completely disabled by the time she was in her early 20′s. Even so, she was able to work part time as a freelance illustrator, and raise twin daughters.
Misery was bitten by a tick on a camping trip, but it took close to a year to diagnose her with multiple tick-borne infections (Lyme, babesiosis and human ehrlichiosis). By then, she had developed encephalopathy and Bell’s Palsy. She was bedridden and blind.
With treatment, she managed to regain her eyesight. But she soon began having seizures and lapsed into a coma after a mild stroke. Afterward, she was unable to draw, so she turned to photography. For 3 years, she was able to get to gigs, edit and publish images. She was picked up by an agency that handles concert photography, and her blog was indexed as a news site by Google News.
Then, after collapsing at a concert, doctors discovered that two of her heart valves were damaged. Over two years, the complications and secondary conditions had resulted in numerous brain lesions and a degenerating spine.
After multiple surgeries, Misery is now hooked up to an IV pump three times a day, and is on oxygen 24/7. Nurses come several times a week to give injections and change dressings, and one of her daughters is employed full time via the county as her home health aid, handling a dozen other meds as well as keeping up the house.
WHAT WE’RE SHOOTING FOR:
1. A new mattress and Memory Foam mattress pad
“I have a 20 year old Soma mattress with half the water-tubes missing, and with my spine problems it’s painful even trying to lie down on it. I’ve tried sleeping on an exercise mat on the kitchen floor or on top of pillows. I wake up in more pain than I go to bed with, and trying to find a way to sleep between the lumps and sinkholes leaves my arms completely numb.”
Medicare will not help Misery with a new bed unless she goes into a hospice. This is what Misery’s legs look like from sleeping on the floor:
2. Pay off a computer loan
Misery is completely dependent on her Macbook to function. She can’t remember names or numbers, forgets words and has trouble with her speech. She also has difficulty understanding people if she can’t watch their mouths, making phone calls difficult.
When her laptop fell apart and could not be repaired, two friends were kind enough to put an iMac on their credit cards. So far they’ve been making the payments for her, but they can’t afford to make the computer a gift. We’re going to pay them back.
We’re also going to get Apple Care on the iMac, so she can have many years of worry-free use.
3. An iPad
“While the iMac absolutely addresses the need for a computer at home, I’m struggling to keep everything straight when I’m at the doctor or in treatment. I can’t lift the 6 pound computer bag with my laptop in it, particularly since I already have to travel with a backpack that holds an oxygen tank.”
An iPad would give Misery “a portable brain away from home.”
By my calculations, we can do all of this for under $5,000. You fat jealous losers can do that with your eyes closed. SO LET’S GO!
If you would like to be a part of this effort, there are three ways you can help.
1. Visit Misery’s photography store on WePay, and purchase something directly from her.
2. Visit April’s Army on WePay. Everything in the store this month was made and donated specifically to benefit Misery. A great group of talented sellers have given so much of themselves, and there are some incredible things for sale.
3. Make a cash donation on our WePay site. You can donate in $5 increments, and all the proceeds (after WePay fees) go directly to Misery.
Even if you can’t afford to buy anything or don’t see something you want, please take a moment to look at these listings and show some love for these sellers. They have been unbelievably generous with their time and talent. And you can always share the link to the April’s Army store.
There are over 200 items on sale now. Here is a sampling of what’s being offered. Click on the thumbnails for a larger image, and a direct link to the item.
UPDATE: Misery is currently in the hospital, recovering from a serious infection. Let’s give her something wonderful to come home to.
Thanks to everyone for their kindness and support.