Hello, Twitards. Myg here. I know that you usually come here for laughs and pictures of RPattz and oh, there were some very nice ones out today, right? But this evening the ladies of the castle have given me the keys so I could talk to you about something very important to me. Please bear with as I tell you all a story.
I was late to the fandom. It was just January of this year when Snarkier Than You gave me Twilight (the book) after a brief conversation we had about this blog. She didn't know this then but I started reading it when my youngest step-sister, Amanda, was in the final stages of a long, fuck awful battle with Osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer).
I tore through the entire saga in about two weeks, so grateful to have something I could just lose myself in to escape the pain of grieving for awhile. You all have no idea how much this funny, smart, and caring community of Twitards has helped me--is still helping me--stay afloat when the storm clouds loom on the horizon. I will forever love you all for that, among the many reasons I have come to love you.
Osa Bella was born on January 26, 2010, four days after my boys' first birthday. Amanda had been too sick to come to the party, even though I knew she was desperately trying. She'd ordered the cake for me, she'd made favors. But when the day came, she just couldn't leave the house. I think that's when I really knew the end was coming.
I promise you all, the reason Osa Bella came into being, the reason I tore into it with such an obsessive passion was because I desperately needed someplace to put the agony I was feeling as I understood I was going to have to let her go.
I spent every spare moment I had writing this story. I stole time from work. I stayed up late at night. I thought about it in the car. I thought about it when I walked the dog. I drove Mr. Myg insane talking about it. And I wondered, why the hell am I so obsessed with this story? I can't even sell it.
I didn't understand it until one of you asked me if I was doing Fandom Gives Back. It was @Hollister_1980 who asked, "Are you participating in the FGB? I NEED an Edward POV." This was mere days after I'd gotten a comment from @SnarkierThanYou that said something along the lines of, "Sigh, an EPOV sure would be nice."
I have no intention to introduce an EPOV in Osa Bella, for the record. Never. Gonna. Happen. But that started me thinking about the EPOV of Osa Bella, or if you will, the Midnight Sun version of Osa Bella. But hell, I really do not have time for this, I said to myself. Mr. Myg will fucking kill me if I even mention it. And, what the hell is FGB?
A few tweets later, I got the link to Fandom Gives Back and read all about it, and read all about Alex's Lemonade Stand, the organization that raises money for research into childhood cancer. About 15 seconds later I was sobbing at my desk and emailing my inner Twitard circle saying, "Holy shit, I have to do this." And they said, "We've got your back, Myg." And with that, Team Osa Bella was born.
See, Amanda first got sick when she was 26 years old. Because she was under 30, she was treated as a pediatric cancer patient, and she was treated at Sloan Kettering in New York City on the pediatric wing, where she spent several months of her life among the child cancer patients. And as someone who spent a lot of time with her there, so did I.
I can't tell you all the story of Amanda right now. It's too long, too rich, and too important for me to have the capacity to do it justice here. Just know that she fought like a motherfucker against this illness for six years. It finally claimed her in March, just three months ago, at the age of 32. The loss of her young, promising life was devastating to me and to the rest of my family, like these kinds of deaths always are. And without even knowing it, you were all there for me, helping me get through every day.
When I realized last week that I could take Osa Bella and use it to help fight childhood cancer, I am not shitting you when I say I got the chills.
Because, in case it isn't obvious yet, Osa Bella is the story of how we survive and find meaning in life after losing someone we love. It's painful. It's messy. It's dangerous. But somehow, we do it.
Actually, I think I do know how. We do it together, right here, every day.
So, thank you for that. And whether you've got a few bucks to pledge or not, please join me in sending the following message to cancer, on behalf of Amanda, my family, your family, all those families who have had to surrender a beloved to this wretched disease.
Dear Cancer,We are coming for you. Run, motherfucker.Sincerely,Team Osa Bella
And now, some words from our fearless Team Captain, VitaminR70
Laaaaaadies and gentleman [we know you’re out there boys] it is almost time for Eclipse! Whether you are wearing a metal clad chastity belt like Texas Katherine or you are a slightly naughty “Just The Tipper” like Snarkier Than You and myself…even if you are shamelessly taking it any time, any place, anywhere, any how like Latchkey Wife and Jenny Jerkface...we are ALL equally excited for what is to come (ahem) in the next week. BUT, I am here today to rally us for a different cause, for it is also time for The Fandom Gives Back 2010 fundraiser and auction.
This is Texas Katherine's avi. I want to send her some baby powder and Vagasil because that thing most definitely does not breathe.
For those of you that may not know, three wonderful women in this fandom (ninapolitan, tby789, and LolaShoes) organized a fundraising community called The Fandom Gives Back prior to the release of New Moon in 2009. Our very own Twilight community at large raised over $86,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Yep, you read that right. Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a non-profit foundation that raises money for children’s cancer research. If you haven’t read the story about how this great organization came to be, read this http://www.alexslemonade.org/about/meet-alex. Be sure to have some Sniffs handy because the story of Alex will simultaneously break your heart and re-instill your faith in people…..good people.
Last year Jenny Jerkface and Snarkier Than You collected money from the residents of Twitardia to bid on a dinner with Peter Facinelli. Sadly, they did not win [note from STY: we were SO fucking close - with all of your help, we made an awesome showing AND more importantly helped raise the final bid to close to 4k - WOOOOT!!!] but our own Twitarded community raised over $3,200 which was donated directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. As a lifelong philanthropist (I was a member of Greenpeace at the age of 8 dagnabbit! Don’t club the baby Harp Seals!), the generosity of this community warmed the cockles of my Twi-lovin’ heart. This year, together with our fearless Twitarded leaders, we are forming Team Osa Bella and I, VitaminR70, am Team Captain.....and no, I can’t do the splits.
I am the blonde on the end...not quite there...it hurts...must smile...Rah! Rah!...Aaaaahhh!
So here is the Scooby Doo on Team Osa Bella. Our very own resident of Twitardia, and talented author of Osa Bella, Myg, has offered up an auction item for The Fandom Gives Back. Myg is offering a one shot from her Osa Bella fanfic in Edward’s point of view from any chapter of our team’s choosing. Who doesn’t want to get inside Edward’s head? Um, well, you know what I mean. Here is how it works: you go to our team page here and fill out a pledge form. You can pledge to donate any amount that you are comfortable with. That’s it. It's that easy. I do the rest of the work: I will keep track of what our team’s progress is and I will bid on the auction item when the auction opens. When we win (and we WILL win), I will direct you all to make your pledge payments and then we wait with baited breath for Myg to create our prize. There is nothing more win-win than this: you get more fantastic fanfic and you donate to a great cause. So do what you gotta do: clean out the change from the sofa, give up your lattes for a few days, fish out all the change from the bottom of your elephantine purse, have that garage sale, or sell the kids forgotten Pokemon card collection on Craigslist like this dude -
I Googled ‘Money’ and I found this... There really are no words.
Do what you can. Any little bit is great. I know all you snarky, dirty-brained Twitards have big, huge softy hearts underneath it all. Let’s do this! We are super, We eat Nutella, We are Team Osa Bella! Goooooo TEAM! Um, I may need to work on that cheer...
Thank you for letting me babble on. Now you all know why I don’t have a blog. Now please go join our team…Woot! Woot! Rah! Rah! And a big boob bob for all you.