Why do I Relay?

This is a question that was posed to all of the bloggers with the challenge to answer it. I am going to attempt to do just that. For those of you who know me, and know how silly and funny my blogs usually are, well, this one is going to be a bit different. Fair Warning in Advance.

I have been fortunate that none of my relatives have had cancer. I’ve only lost one grandparent thus far and my grandpa will be 100 this sept. I have been very blessed and I know this. So, since none of my family have ever been touched by this, why do I relay? Why do I care about some other random people that I have never met and will likely never meet? I think the more important question is, “why wouldn’t I care?” We’re all in this crazy life together. To me, it makes sense to care about the others who are living it with me.  So, that’s part of my answer. I relay because it’s the right thing to do.

But that’s only a part of it. I relay because I know what it’s like to have a disease with no cure. I know, I said that I have never had a relative have cancer, and I haven’t. I don’t have cancer myself. I have something else. So now, it’s story time.

Once upon a time there was a woman called Corvi. Corvi was not what you would call an athlete. At All. Corvi’s idea of fun was reading. One year, while in college, Corvi got mono. It happens. Especially if you live in the dorms. Corvi seemed to have a very slow recovery from mono but her doctor didn’t seem worried. She was constantly getting sick with pnemonia’s and bronchitis’ and one day she got a rash on her skin. Her doctor thought she had scarlet fever and treated her accordingly. The rash went away, but Corvi was still getting sick a lot. In fact, Corvi couldn’t go a month without getting sick in some way. Nobody thought there was anything wrong tho, they just put it down to a REALLY slow recovery from mono. Corvi worried about it tho. She felt that there was no way she should be getting this sick all the time and was beginning to think it was all in her head and that there was something mentally wrong with her. 4 years went by and nothing changed. She got married, moved to a new place with her husband, and started working part time. Then she REALLY got sick. She was sent to emergency a few times from her job, once because she went into reflex coughing and couldn’t stop without pure oxygen. The Doctor there told her she had pneumonia and bronchitis at the same time and gave her antibiotics for them. A month later Corvi was at work and her supervisor was very concerned about her. Apparently Corvi looked like shit. Corvi was positive she could get thru the end of her shift but her supervisor called the EMT’s on her who, again, took her to emergency. By fluke, she got the exact same ER doctor who looked at her and asked “Did you take the pills I gave you??” to which she replied that yes she had taken all of them. He responded that the bronchitis was gone, but her pneumonia was worse and had partially collapsed her lung and he was admitting her to the hospital.

So here was Corvi, in the hospital. The doctors came and did a CT scan to see how badly her lung was collapsed and here’s where it gets weird. Nodules of gunk showed up on Corvi’s CT scan. Gunk that wasn’t supposed to be there. The doctors looked at the scans and then sent her doctor to go talk to her. Remember, Corvi has moved, so she has a new doctor now. So her new doctor came into Corvi’s room to talk to her. “Corvi,” she said, “We found some stuff in your CT scan. There are nodules that should not be there. We can’t be certain till we do a bronchial biopsy, but you have either lymphoma or sarcoidosis.” Corvi wanted to know what those were. Lymphoma is a form of cancer, and Sarcoidosis is an auto immune disease that is in the same family as Lupus. Her doctor wanted to schedule the biopsy for as soon as possible, but… PLOT TWIST, it was Easter Weekend and the doctor who does those wouldn’t be in till Monday and it was only Saturday morning. So Corvi got to spend the entire easter holiday not knowing what she had… which I gotta tell ya, TOTALLY SUCKS. She had to call her parents and let them know as well. Corvi was massively freaked out.

Monday finally comes and the doctor performed a bronchial biopsy… if you never have to have one of these BE THANKFUL. They are SO not fun. It didn’t help that Corvi gets panic attacks if she can’t breathe. However, they managed to get bits of the nodules to do the testing on and the results came back. Corvi had Sarcoidosis. There was some relief that it was not cancer, not gonna lie, but then she had to learn just what it was she had. Sarcoidosis, as mentioned, is an auto immune disease. It permanently suppresses your immune system (which is why Corvi was always getting sick) and while active, eats a person’s internal organs. Usually the lungs first, which it had on Corvi. The doctors estimated by the amount of damage that Corvi had had this for about 4 years… about the time she got mono in fact. No one knows how, or why, someone gets Sarcoid. They actually don’t know a whole lot about it and here’s the kicker; There Is No Cure. With aggressive steroid treatment for 2 1/2 years they were able to get Corvi’s sarcoid into remission, but even now, years later, Corvi has to have bloodwork every 4 months to make sure it hasn’t woken up.

Today, Corvi can’t work, cuz if she tries, even part time, she gets sick. Her lungs are as good as they’re gonna get, which is about 75% capacity, and she will never have a normal immune system… ever. That is permanently borked. She has a family that loves her, and understand when she gets sick. Her kids are germ carrying monsters but she loves them anyway, even when she gets a lot of colds from them. Her hubby deserves an award because he totally was there and supportive thru all of that stuff… which happened in their first year of marriage. Talk about a honeymoon buster.

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So yeah… that’s why I Relay. I relay cuz I know what it’s like. I relay because while there may not be a chance for a cure for me, there totally is a chance for a cure for a lot of other people out there and I want them to have that chance. We’re all on this ride together and if we don’t help others, who will? So come get on the crazy magic bus with me and let’s beat this thing… oh.. Alia’s driving… you have been warned.

All Aboard The Magic Bus

Corvi Ashdene

The Faire Shrine

While wandering in the woods one day I came across the ruins of what appeared to be a shrine. While venturing closer I wondered what, or who, this shrine had been for. It seemed odd for it to be hiding in this wilderness with no one around.

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The first thing that struck me was the amount of detail on the statues surrounding the shrine. The Fauns looked as if they might come alive and leap into action at any moment and it felt like I could hear the ringing from the horns they were blowing. The unicorn stood between them with a quiet dignity all of it’s own. It was only then that I realized that all three of them were holding a ball with glowing letters on them. “Why, this much be a shrine for Fantasy Faire!” I cried, “a place where one can remember the Faire for ever. ”

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Stepping past the statues I made my way up the stairs to gaze upon the pool inside the shrine. Sparkling lights of magic swirled around it leaving me with a sense of wonder and awe.

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Motion to the side caught my eye and I turned to look, wide eyed, at the statue that had appeared beside the shrine. Swirling around the couple locked together was glowing magic water. Truly the Faire Magic was strong here.

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What is all this stuff?

Windlight used: Annan Adored: Light Explosion III

Leaping Faun Statues: MeadowWorks at Fantasy Faire found on The Rose sim

Golden Unicorn Statue: MeadowWorks at Fantasy Faire found on The Rose sim

Fantasy WayShrine: HarshLands at Fantasy Faire found on Raven’s Perch sim

The Healing Statue: HarshLands at Fantasy Faire found on Raven’s Perch sim

MG – Skybox – Mystic Forest 60x30x24 Skybox – v2: Mindgardens Creations at Fantasy Faire found on Chaddul Ro sim

Owww My Head!

Fantasy Faire is still going strong. This is my first year of blogging for this event and I gotta tell ya, it’s SCARY logging in and being inundated with a bazillion things all landing on your head. It’s also FANTASTIC! Cuz there has been so much cool stuff! I will blog as much as I can.

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When I saw this fabulous item from Doggmata I knew just how it felt. That’s how my head feels after a bunch of blogger boxes fall on it! Doggmata is a new store to me, I have never heard of them before but after seeing their stuff I will be looking for more! This is creepy and cute all at the same time.

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I do feel sort of sorry for the poor statues, their heads are all split open like an egg with goo running out, purple glow in the dark goo! It definitely makes a statement.

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And of course, I had to dress all snazzy for these photos and so I chose this outfit from Beyond Persuasion’s clothing side. Totally adorable and dark all at the same time. I love the color, I’m a burgundy fan. The man loves it cuz it shows off my legs. lol

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To finish it all off is the makeup. Purple Puffin is making some really interesting and unusual color palettes these days and this is no exception. I love the glitter on the lip color and please notice that the lip color covers ALL of the catwa lips… unlike a lot of other makeup stores out there. That is one of the reasons why I love wearing Purple Puffin’s lipsticks.

So, that’s it for this time, more is coming soooon!

Backdrop:

Splitting Headache by Doggmata at Fantasy Faire on Egregore Sim

Windlight: Ambient Grey

What the heck is Corvi wearing?

Body: Maitreya

Hair: Exile::Go: 11. Grayscale

Skin: Pink Fuel Latte

Head: Catwa Lona

Outfit: EEc {RFL} Fatal poisons of despair: Paula{Boxed} by Enrapturing elegance couture & Beyond Persuasion design at Fantasy Faire on Fallen Sands Sim

Makeup: Eyeshadow: Unicorn Poop – GrapeJam [Catwa} by Purple Puffin at Fantasy Faire on Anansi Sim

Lipstick: Glitter Lip – Copper Unicorn Poop [Catwa] by Purple Puffin at Fantasy Faire on Anansi Sim

 

The Faire! The Faire!

The Faire! The Faire! Would you, could you at the Faire?! …. yeah… so I’ve been reading Green Eggs and Ham lately… can we tell?

BUT! FANTASY FAIRE IS OPEN!!! *dances all over the place like a crazy person* My most favoritest event of the year! Fantasy Faire is an 11 day event that raises money for RFL (Relay For Life) to find a cure for cancer. There will be many more posts from me about the Faire in the upcoming days, but in this blog I’ll be telling you a bit about the Faire and stuff so bear with me till we get to the pretty pictures.

Fantasy Faire. This is the 9th year and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year. Last year over 30,000 US Dollars (yes… DOLLARS) was raised and I am sure we can beat that this year. There are 15 sims this year… you heard right FIFTEEN!!! ZOMG!  Not all of them have shopping on them, but most of them do. Each sim has it’s own specific theme and story behind it. I have walked thru all of them and they are all AMAZING and Gorgeous. Even if you’re flat broke and can’t buy anything, GO ANYWAY just to look at the sims. And, while you’re there, check out the Literary Events. There are guest speakers/readers, there will be tours of the sims where you get to be all inspired and write stuff, there are light shows, dance shows, even a play! There will be sim wide roleplays going on thruout the entire time as well that you can take part in. And all of those things are free! To find out more about ALL THE THINGS plus LM’s to all the sims, go here: Fantasy Faire Website

There is also The Quest! *cues the drama music* DumDumDum DUMMMMMM… The Quest is… well it’s amazing. For a small fee (around 250L I think, don’t quote me on that!) you get a hud which you wear and it takes you on an adventure all over all the sims. You have to collect information and things from different NPC’s on each sim and then go to the Quest Sim to save the Bard Queen! If you are a Hero and successfully save the day you receive oohhh.. about a bazillion prizes that have been generously donated by the merchants of the Faire.

But wait! There’s MORE!! Fantasy Faire Radio! Make sure you keep your music on the entire time you’re at the Faire because they have tons of DJ’s who are streaming live right from the Fairechylde on Kakushi Pasu.

Everyone and anyone are welcome to Fantasy Faire. You can be human, drow, dragon, petite, tiny, dinkie, furry, animal, ANYTHING.. we’re all welcome at the Faire. While you’re walking around you are likely to see all sorts of fun and amazing people. If you see a look that is particularly impressive, or uber squee cute, IM them. Let them know! They have likely worked hard on that look and we all love to know that it’s being appreciated. And they might even tell you where they got it!

I will be spending most of my time at the faire in my Dinkie Kitty avi, so if you see me say hai!

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Here I am on Dawn’s Promise sim. I found these fabulous peacocks and had to protect them from Da5id (one of the committee members and totally mean *nods lots*) who wanted to eat them. I think a peacock would make a wonderful ride for me, don’t you think? All I need is a saddle and harness and we’ll be set to go!

Toll Deer

Now I am at The Hill. This sim has a number of Toll Deer who have taken over the pathways and won’t let you by unless you give them carrots. These particular deer are Zaps Dyrssen and J.Jonstone. yes.. these are avatars that can be bought at the Faire. Zaps and J.J are both creators and Merchants here at the Faire.

I will have more for you soon.. very soon… until then, go forth and immerse yourself in the Faire. You won’t regret it.

Corvi Ashdene

PS: Both photos were taken using the windlight each sim had been set to.

Da Sheriff of da Pawlice

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Fantasy Faire is almost here again! This is by far my most favorite event of the year. What’s not to love?! 11 Sims of fantasy goodness! The Quest! Literary Events! and of course, The Pawlice. You’ve seen them, tinies and dinkies motoring thru the Faire on their little segways dispensing their version of justice to all. They look adorable with their little uniforms and bobby hats but underneath they are hatching a sinister plot. They are trying to take over all the waffles of the faire! *LE GASP!*

The leader of this gang is the nefarious Sheriff of the Faire, Oldesoul himself. A Tiny Bobcat, he runs his force with an iron fist. All fear him.

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OK.. so not really. lol Sheriff Oldesoul and his Pawlice Force are amazingly awesome. They volunteer their time and spend the entire time the Faire is going on running around and helping people. They answer questions, help little old ladies across the street, give directions to those who are lost, and yes… steal all your waffles.  They show up at every Jail N Bail… now granted, this is because they are the ones who jailed the Creators in the first place, but still!

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The Pawlice is an important part of the Faire. They run around and get people excited about the events, they keep the peace… sorta… however, they can also be bribed. Oh yes… for waffles they are willing to look the other way when a misdeed is done. This is probably why yours truly has yet to be imprisoned. Oldesoul claims to have a list of warrants out for my arrest but nothing has ever happened to me.. yet. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that I stay that way!

Last year the pawlice finally got what was coming to them and THEY got jailed. it was a beautiful sight to behold. I think people were paying the kiosk to keep the Pawlice IN jail.. which made perfect sense to me. Those blighters took every last waffle I had! I’m stocking up this year!

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In all seriousness tho, Sheriff Oldesoul and his Pawlice are fabulous people and I adore all of them. They are always excited about the Faire and are right there to help donate to RFL. I feel very honored to have Olde as a friend, without him and his force the Faire wouldn’t be the same. So when you are shopping during the Faire this year and you see one of the Pawlice on their segways, let them know how much you appreciate them… sharing your waffles wouldn’t hurt either.

Corvi Ashdene