Hey friends of mine, allies, humans, dreamers -
My dear mom, amazing human and totally rad inspiration, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It's moving fast, there are still a lot of questions and she hasn't been able to start treatment yet. These are some scary times.
She lives in Canada and has basic medical, so all of her basic treatments are going to be covered and I'm certainly glad for that. As a single woman and independent contractor / business owner, though, she's not going to have an income to pay for the mortgage, bills, or groceries - nevermind organic foods and additional cancer-fighting supplements. Turns out you can't hold presentations while you're undergoing chemo and radiation.
What's a son to do? I have a laughable bank balance. Pretty much all I've got is some imagination, the network of friends I tune into it with, and a bit of crowd-funding know-how thanks to the Monsterhearts Second Skins. Please let these things be enough to help her through this year.
(Do I ever wish that I'd been able to power through the Second Skins by now, believe me. This cancer diagnosis is the final gem on the crown of shit 2013 deposited onto my family.)
Here's the GoFundMe page I made (which makes my mom, Gayle, super uncomfortable. She hates asking for help, though she's always doing crazy shit like giving her fridge away to some young mom pushing a stroller who she overhears asking about fridges in a thrift store. She got another fridge though, eventually. She also hates it when I swear. Sorry, mom.)http://www.gofundme.com/gayle-bates
My sister and I are at her side, both of our lives allow us some flexibility. Please - tell everyone about this. My mom has been the single biggest inspiration, support, and dream-enabler in my life. Anything that you can do to help her helps me twice over. Please reshare like wildfire.