Okay, so. I’ve given myself a chance to just calm down, get rid of that numb feeling that comes from being under a lot of stress. But, especially since this is co-incidentally my 2,222nd post, I think now is a good time for me to sit down and actually thank everyone for everything they’ve done for us since shit hit the fan. If I’ve been distant or detached, or you’ve felt you needed to keep your distance from me, I’d like to thank you for your patience. This has been a long time coming, and honestly, after the outpouring of support both monetary and in spirit, even now I’m struggling to find the right words because my mind is completely blown.
Begging for money on the internet was honestly a last resort for us; we always had a ‘rainy day’ fund in case of unexpected medical or personal expenses, but when this happened we were completely blindsided. We didn’t know where else to turn. And I’ll admit, when I first set up the GoFundMe page, getting anything close to the full amount seemed like an insurmountable task.
But we’ve had donations from all around the world, from countries as far-flung as Germany, Singapore and even the Philippines. They’ve come from friends both old and new, close and distant, my clan brothers and sisters in ATF, the fans of my writing, and even complete strangers who just wanted to help someone in need. I’ve had people offer to draw commissions, giving up their time, in exchange for donations to our GoFundMe campaign. To say the response has been overwhelming is an understatement, but like ATF’s Crosscheck told me when I said I couldn’t believe people were so generous, “it’s for a reason, and that reason is because people love you”.
Donations currently stand at $4,525/$5,000. We’ve hired an attorney, re-filed our paperwork with time to spare, and we’re assured of legal representation if we’re called for another interview or if they request more evidence from us. Thanks to you, I’ll be able to stay in this country. I’ll be able to get on with my life without fear of being deported on pure technicality. And I really can’t thank you - all of you - enough for that. Mexi told me when we hired the lawyer “you can’t buy peace of mind”, and he’s right. Just knowing that there are so many people out there willing to help, even as things still remain uncertain, is what helps keep my head above water, even on the toughest days.
So in short; thankyou. I love you, all of you. If I only had the words to say it, I’d extend my gratitude to each one of you personally, but as putting my true feelings into words is impossible, I hope this will suffice. Thankyou. So much.