[pix_dropcap]O[/pix_dropcap]n October 7, 2017 I will be attending the Play for Faye Magic: The Gathering charity event. I will be there from 3:00pm to 9:00pm signing cards, selling prints, proofs, playmats, doing alters, etc. I will also be donating some swag to the event.
As many of you probably know, I haven’t attended very many events after the birth of my kids. I don’t have any other events planned for the immediate future, so if you are near Bellevue and would like some signatures or swag (or just want to play games or say hello), please drop by!
I’m not sure if there are going to be other Magic artists there, but if I find out, I’ll update this post.
Breast cancer research has a special place in my heart. Back in 2009 my wife, who was 25 at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a bilateral mastectomy after 16 weeks of chemotherapy. I am happy to say that she is now 8 years NED. Below is a little more information she wrote back when we were holding the Beautiful Grim 2 art auction.
My name is Midori. In 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through a lumpectomy, CT port insertion, Dose dense AC/T chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders and CT port removal. Over the course of a few months I expanded up until my exchange surgery in 2010, followed by nipple reconstruction.
Four years have passed and I’m still in remission! However, my prior reconstruction began to fail. One of the implant pockets was botched and had dropped down towards my stomach. After several visits to the oncologist and surgeon, it became apparent that we needed to start from scratch to fix my situation.
In February of 2013 I had a bilateral removal of my implants, insertion of surgical drains, and a hospital stay. Over the next several months I expanded yet again until my exchange surgery in August where my new permanent implants were placed. I have one more surgery to go to finish the process of reconstruction (version 2 of me).
In addition to the above, I’ve been diagnosed with PSVT, a heart condition, and have also been going through blackouts and having mini seizures. I’ve been seeing two cardiologists, Dr. Smith and Dr. Cao who have been working together using medication to settle my heart so I do not need to have a heart procedure done, hopefully. This has also been trying on our expenses as I’ve had to go through several tests to find out what my condition was.
This has been a very trying experience both physically and financially. The reason I am calling this Beautiful Grim 2 is because it’s an extension of the first fundraiser Beautiful Grim my husband and best friend held to fund my initial cancer experience. This time around we’re unable to gather artwork to sell but hopefully still raise enough money to cover my medical expenses. I appreciate all your love, help, and support.
So why “beautiful grim”? Overall, my cancer experience seems nothing but grim but the beautiful comes from learning to see things differently every day.
I always try to think of the beautiful before the grim.
My best to you,
For more information about the Play for Faye event, you can check out this pdf. Please help spread the word and I’ll see you there!
Update – Confirmed Artists