Ikkyu, the Zen master, was very clever even as a boy. His teacher had a precious teacup, a rare antique. Ikkyu happened to break this cup and was greatly perplexed. Hearing the footsteps of his teacher, he held the pieces of the cup behind him. When the master appeared, Ikkyu asked: ‘Why do people have to die?’
‘This is natural,’ explained the older man. ‘Everything has to die and has just so long to live.’
Ikkyu, producing the shattered cup, added: ‘It was time for your cup to die.’
Seeing a neurologist tomorrow. Hoping they get to the bottom of these migraines. Hoping it isn’t serious.
don’t camp with people on drugs if you are not on drugs
The list of illnesses my body contains just keeps growing. I hate this.
Gonna see a neurologist this month.
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse I get diagnosed with Mono. Fucking great.
This means a lot for someone with an overactive immune system that causes pain, and I’m taking medication that suppresses my immune system, making recovery more difficult, and now that I have to go OFF the medication all my pain is going to get worse. Catch 22. Fuck you.
- My name is Lauren Potts and I currently suffer from a chronic illness known as CRMO. Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis is an auto-inflammatory/auto-immune disease that affects one in one million people. To sum things up, CRMO affects the immune system and the body attacks itself with inflammation, often creating holes in the bones and painful swelling in the marrow and muscles. It’s an extremely painful disease and many of those suffering are children. I was diagnosed at the age of 13, so I know first hand the confusion and trauma these kids are experiencing. In order to put a smile on their faces, I have decided to assemble small care packages for children and teens suffering from CRMO, complete with notes telling them not to give up and reminding them that they are, in fact, one in a million. Each package will have goodies in it including toys relevant to the child’s interests (for hospital visits), colorful band aids, heat packs, and cooling pads. For the teens especially I was hoping to purchase some iTunes gift cards. I am also wanting to spend $20 on each package, and I have 20 participants signed up to receive care packages. Flat rate shipping for a small box is $6 and my family and I are covering the $120+ needed to send these out. I will be making an online fundraising page via paypal and need your help! I am planning on organizing an event on Chapman’s campus in the student union to assemble the care packages and write notes on Saturday, April 19th. This gives me just a few weeks to fundraise and get the gifts! So I am asking for your help in the following ways: -Any monetary donations helps, and if you are uncomfortable donating cash but would like to sponsor a package by buying the toys or gifts and donating those instead please contact me! Here’s the secure paypal donation link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=538KRG84PD58G&lc=US&item_name=CRMO%20Packages¤cy_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted - I need assistance going out to get the goods! On the facebook event page I will make for the assembly event, I will also have sign ups for dates to purchase toys and other gifts - Lastly, I need help getting the word out. Thanks so much for reading and please contact me for any questions.