There has been a great response to the pancreas cartoons I made for this blog! Such a great response that I decided to try something a little different. I put them on T-shirts and I’m selling them to help raise money to cover part of my expenses.
CafePress is a really neat (100% legit) site that lets you design your own products to sell. The seller earns commission on every sale made. All of the commission made on any of the merchandise with my ‘bad pancreas’ cartoons on them will go straight to medical expenses.
So I was extremely thrilled when I saw one of my designs pop up on the CafePress ad this morning!
That’s right it’s the first one of those T-shirts there! And in case you can’t read the substance of the banner, you get 20% off your purchase of $50 or more with the code TA0701! Which is awesome! GO HERE to see the full selection!
So we’re at war in our household with one Bad Pancreas. Admittedly, my weak point is asking for help, but I have to confide that I can’t take on the little guy on my own. As the months leading to my surgery turn to weeks (and days, and so forth) I’m going to need a lot of support. So, I’m asking:
- For Prayer. We desperately need prayer, in every single aspect of our lives.
For Financial Help. This is by far the hardest thing to ask for. I know with the economic climate the way it is, many of you can’t afford to help. Please know that I understand, and I’m not asking you for money. I appreciate anything you might be able to contribute, whether it is a one time prayer, or help spreading the word to those who may feel led to give.
- We need prayer on September 12, on the day of surgery, for guidance for the doctors.
- We need prayer after September 12, for healing.
- We need prayer leading up to and following the surgery for our financial well-being.
- We need prayer for our fundraiser, we know God will provide for us to have this operation, but any security we can muster will exponentially help our certainty that we are doing the right thing and allow us to have peace about our decisions.
- Prayer for our family and friends, this is going to be a hard time for everyone involved. We’ve been told by the doctors over and over again that it is almost a community affair, this surgery affects everyone, it is going to be a hard, long surgery, with a hard, long recovery.
For Support After the Surgery.
- Social Media. One of the best tools we have for raising money is Facebook and e-mail. In order to raise any money at all we have to be exposed to potential donors. To do this, we need all the help we can get, from sharing events, status updates, and pages, to initiating your friends to donate their status message for the day with our fundraising link (http://www.giveforward.org/evicttaraspancreas). If you have a blog, please feel free to share the links to this site and the one above, as well as my story and any images. We have a limited amount of time to make as big of an impact as we can with this campaign and I’m being really up front here because we simply can’t do it without your help.
- Mail. If you have access to a list of addresses through your church, business or organization who you think might be inclined to help out our cause, we would love to send them a letter explaining how they could help if they were so led, including the time and place of our eventual event.
- Fundraising Event. I’m completely at a loss here, if anyone has any experience with these things, I would so appreciate your advice. I’m sure we’re going to need a location, food, advertisement, possibly people to help run it, and I have no clue what else. I’m open to ANY advice!!
- Donations or Merchandise Purchase. If you are interested in contributing financially you can do so here at our charity website OR you can purchase Bad Pancreas Cartoon Merchandise at the Shop. We get a 30% commission on merchandise sales, and 100% of anything donated to the charity site. If you have any advice or ideas on how to make this drive more successful, please, please contact us!
- Watering the Plants and Feeding the Cat during the Surgery Week. I know my darling husband will do his best to take care of my patio garden and our giant fat cat, however, I’m sure it will be far more overwhelming for him than he or I realize. To this point, if anyone would be willing to stop by once a day for the one or two weeks I will be staying in the hospital during and after the surgery, I’m sure it would be an incredible relief.
- Spending time at the house. I know this one is tricky. My doctor asked us if we could find someone to stick around while my husband is at work, and essentially babysit me my first few weeks home. If you have any spare time you’d be willing to spend hanging out at my humble abode post surgery, we’d be so thankful. We would be more than happy to provide food and sleeping arrangements. If you can stay more than a day, let us know and we will start looking for some simple furniture to make our spare bedroom inhabitable!
- Running Errands. I won’t be able to drive for the first few months, and I’m sure Rob is going to have his plate full taking care of me and working his insane schedule. Which might leave a few neglected tasks that need to be tended to. We may need someone to run and grab something from the pharmacy or help me get to a dr. appt. every now and again.
- Silly Domestic Stuff. Like possibly providing a couple meals for Rob and whoever is able to stick around and help out that week. I won’t be able to stand to cook for myself or anyone else, at first I will be on feeding tubes, so this won’t be a huge deal for me. But, it might be nice for other people to be taken care of. If you would be able to do this during the first month or two post-surgery, that would be amazing.
I know this is a lot. Truth be told, we can’t do any of this but by a miracle of God. Anything you are able to contribute, even just thoughts or prayers will be more than sufficient. We love you all so much. We feel your support all the time, and we are seeing God answer your and our prayers each day. I couldn’t have made it this far without you, and I know you’ll be with me through this whole super, major, life-changing experience. I can’t wait to share it with you all.