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Journal Entry: Sun Nov 9, 2008, 6:27 PM
In lieu of medical bills staggering enough to merit the possibility of having to leave my apartment, say goodbye to my cats, and basically bow down to the altar of the misery-gorged hellspawn sodomizer known as the american healthcare system and pray for my soul..

I'm going to be opening up several auctions on my original work in the next coming weeks.

This will include pages from:
- Everafter
- Unreleased Everafter introduction
- Living in Sin SDA Videotape Audition
- Living in Sin SDA Introduction
- Rumble in the Summer Match: Seth vs. Ree (permission pending)
- Unreleased SDL Duel: Vince vs. Mara (permission pending)
- Law of Talos intro (Lilith)
- Random concept design (Everafter, Living in Sin, Ree, etc.)
- A raffle drawing for a bundle of one of the above, possibly, once I can organize something like that. (Something along the lines of $5 'tickets' for a drawing in winning the entire Seth vs. Ree match original art or such.)

Every last cent of the money earned from this auction is going to go to medical bills. I honestly wish I could say I'd be weaseling away the cash to buy a ferrari but at the rate I'm going I'll be lucky to keep my electricity on.

Q: Just what the hell has been wrong with you Endling? We want the facts!

For those who have been asking for the nitty gritty, and I do appreciate the sizeable mountain of notes and comments and e-mails I've gotten asking about what this is..
  I'd rather not talk about the exact procedure, the exact name of the disease, and nature of the illness, unless you want to hear specific details about infections, abcesses and the possibility of eroding, perforated internal organs. I think that gets the idea across. I don't know. It feels awkward.

  Suffice to say, if I don't have it done..  well, never mind that, I don't have a choice. I don't mean to overdramatize the point. I'm just being honest, folks. None of it ever sounds too 'serious' via an internet journal, but there you have it.
  My doctors have told me they realize the costs are going to be drastic but if I don't have this done and try to play up being a hero, I'm going to be back in the ER in a couple of months with my life on the line as opposed to just a bad section of it.
I haven't even told a lot of the folks closest to me about the severity of the problem, because. I don't operate that way. I don't have a choice anymore, and may as well have it all out there.

Q: Okay. So just how bad is this situation, outside of health?

One day in the ER ended up costing me a total of $2000. The medication I've been on to keep me stabilized until they can do the actual surgery has added up to a little less than that, around $1500 since the first visit.

The actual cost of the surgery is going to amount to much, much more than both those numbers combined.

Mind you? This is all with health insurance.

(Sidenote: I haven't for a minute forgotten about the chibi commissions. I'm still plugging away at them, time permitting. I'm sure you all understand why. Luckily with an auction, all the artwork is already done.)

Q: Stow the sob story, sicky! What do we get out of all this anyway?

I'm not asking for hand-outs. (Although I have been told by a certain someone that she has started her own effort to help this situation, offering sketches for donations and paid commission work as well. You probably know her by now: :iconzombiesmile:. Click that for more information.)

This is work I've made already and can part with, if you are interested. I don't know enough about selling originals to make set prices, which is why I'll be going with a sort of silent auction format here on DA. Setting dates when auctions will close and allowing anyone to peruse the work until then, sending notes for bids and having the current bid prices updating on the main journal.

Q: What about donations?

I only stress this point because so many people have actually brought it up as a suggestion, even though it grinds me something fierce to even pose it as an option. If you want to make a donation, at least get something out of it. Again, over at Zombiesmile's page, she and a number of artists I'm ready to dub as saints are offering to give away art for folks who want to donate.
My paypal is:

Q: Are you done yet?

The surgery date is the 17th. I may not be able to get all this underway until I'm out of the hospital again and on the mend, which is estimated to be about 2-3 weeks after the date. I'm going to do my best to compile the images so folks can see what there is to bid on, and hopefully have Miki oversee the actual auctions if I'm not able to come around until much later.

That's all for now. I'll have more info soon, arrangements and examples of the work I'll be selling.

Thanks for listening. This stuff hasn't been easy to talk about, by any means. But if you're still reading, you are fantastic and I love you.

Take care, you guys.


My SDL team headquarters: The Gokiburi-gumi (Profiles, fanart and duel highlights.)
The Everafter webcomic: ON LONGTERM HIATUS. (No updates till the Endzone finale is drawn.)
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DrowningMouse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best of luck, man. I'll be thinking of you.

And yeah - I'm one of the people who's friends with way too many guys and gals who're like you and don't like to cause undue worry for me to be healthy.
I can tell you - you're worrying them more by not telling them. Even if it hurts you to, you'll find that the people you're keeping it from will be more hurt by you not telling.

Trust 'em - you aren't close with them for no reason. :hug:
Princessnapped Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eh, I got only six dollars. Dx Sorry I can't help you out... I hope you get your money, though, and can pay for those health bills - really, good luck...!
F-e-n-n Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Consider my next paycheck yours. :salute:

Although... it is minimum wage rates so, it's not that much. ^^;
FreakDeStrange Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
:( *will set up a prayer chain for you* ^^ As one artist to another I wish you well.
Camcon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
get well soon :'( we'll miss you here..
Silver-Creature Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Do you have an idea of the grand total you will be needing? If so, we could divide it up as see exactly how many people need to donate how much. I would be willing to put in my fair share, but I need to know how much.

I luff you and your art!! You inspire me to be an artist!! Please don't die and don't give up! You have a lot of fans and friends who are right there, ready to help!

If I had better talent at art I would hold an auction too... but I don't. sorry. I will still donate/bid etc. (especially for EA art!! xD)
pencilshadings Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
aww crap man, I sure hope you get well real soon, we don't want DA to start missing one of their great deviants so badly. we love you're work and we pray you get well soon

-me n guys who follow up on ur work n stuff here in my local community
uchihaandrew Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student Digital Artist
we dont know each other but i would really like to help

can some one teach me how to use pay pal
F4ngel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Crap all the best dude. Hope you get better soon
Gizmoenut Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
I know things turn out well for you. Good luck!
Nibi-No-Neko Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I can't pray but I wish you the best of luck. You'll see things will go well.
SwordOfNimes Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Why cant you pray?
As far as i know... everyone can do that.
I just found the Law of Talos and that stuff and i am amazed... this is the first time i am discovering things that didnt end already. I hope this one wont end soon... Good Luck Endling.
Nibi-No-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Yeah...and who i will pray to? I hate almost every god in this world. Well, maybe Chuck Norris... XD
SwordOfNimes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Well then... just praw for her safety... it doesnt matter who you pray to. Maybe you could pray to Chuck Norris? I am sure it will help ^^;
Nibi-No-Neko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
HEHEHE ok xd
ayasha21 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
I will pray for you. I hope you are doing better.

nejihoshigaki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thats soo sad, i hope u get better soon
IvikN Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
that is actually... WHUT? wait....WHUT?

:iconohwhyplz: WTF???
HEY YOU! YES YOU! Stop being a JERK - LIVE and BE HEALTHY RIGHT NAO BEOTCH! Cause if you will not :iconscaryfaceplz: - I WILL COME TO YOU IN YOUR SLEEP AND KILL YOU.

there is NO WAY i will let you DIE. cause you see - You are awesome -its not a compliment - its a true - and i need an awesome guys for inspiring. SO STOP IT! I SAID STOP IT RIGHT NOW! You are HEALTHY now! :iconblankstareplz:
Palitato Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
A friend of mine posted about you in their journal, and I'm going to do my best to send whatever I can, even if it's just a few thoughts.

Stay strong! You can make it through this, you've obviously got a hell of a lot of people wishing for you to pull through.
TheBoyofCheese Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Eep. Not good. Get better soon. :O
Silvercresent11 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, hope everything works out, take care and all the best. :hug: I hope you have a swift recovery. ^^
rileylaurent Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
Ah, I'm definitely sending help.=) Good luck on your recovery. I'm keep my eye on your girlfriend's journal for updates. :D
AuroraWhite Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Life can be harsh dude,just don't stop your work man,Everafter and all the other stuff,they belong to you,and only you,sure someone might like copy your work and characters,but they have to live with the fact that you are the creator.Overall i pray that you recover as soon as possible........i just wish i could do more....i hate being to young to help....
Random90s Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
Loads of luck with things man.
haohaohayashi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
dude get better haha ):
Kortetzu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Endling, I have to say that you are one of the best artists I have ever seen, easily my favorite on deviantart, and this skill of yours has acquired more fans than you could possibly account for, and as such, I have no doubt that they will get you the money you need. I am just a tiny little footnote that no one bothers to notice, but even if this message is never read, I still express my firm belief that this will all be over and you'll come out intact on the other side
kayzer-beam Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
its rather funny that he tells US to take care... he should take care >.<
AirenWoodmoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I am so sorry to hear about your situation. I know from experience that medical bills and hospital stays suck so bad even with health insurance. There has to be a better system.

That said I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. *hugs*
gayagainstyou Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
thats a right bugger, being ill and then having to pay masses to be cured.
i'm sorry.
my little sister has had leukaemia twice and it's a miserable buisness, but we live in the UK so we didn't have to pay directly for all her lengthly treatments? i don't know how it works. can't you just move to the UK to be treated? would the goverment then pay for your treatment instead of you having to?
Arielis200 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
hey man, stay in there. i enjoy your art to much for you to stop

hope it all goes well.
LunarGlow Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Good luck today. <3
LaLuneLexir Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone else referred me to your page. This is really very sad. I can't give much, but I will be sending money to your PayPal. Best wishes to you.
Teiflin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I wish you much luck and good fortune on your surgery, Shaun. By the sound of it, I'm guessing it's either appendicitis, gallstones, or some similarly terrible condition. May you have a speedy recovery!
Icey5670 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Gawd if I had money right now I would head over to yah and buy all your origional artwork
and Zombie's
IF only...
I can only wish you well :/
Oh wait does this mean you're getting stitches? (youch)
Deviously-Devi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Feel better, Endling. :c You need to get better, because you don't deserve to be in the condition you are in now. <3
purplepixi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Hey, my thoughts are with you. You are an amazing artist with a style I adore. I hope I can scrape together some cash to get some of your art. In the meantime, get to feeling better, whatever is wrong, ok? I'll be thinking about you and hoping for the best!!
Deviant-Tohru Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Okay I know this is old and I really missed the bandwagon, but let me add to the 385 other comments. :no:

Endling, you have officially earned my deepest respect. Please, please get better. Not for the art, not to finish Ever After or SDL or any of the other things you've contributed as a member of the DA community- No, with everything that you've made and all the rabid fans that have accumulated over the years; it's time to look after yourself for awhile.

I know this probably sounds (really) weird coming from a complete stranger, but we- we don't want to lose you. (In retrospect, really weird and at least somewhat disturbing--> *posts anyway*). You're like family- or the closest thing to family one can make with people all around the world. And everyone- three-hundred and eighty-five(plus) are all thinking the same thing... "Get better, good luck, and"... well, I'll stop here before I embarrass the both of us anymore... ^^;

But really, sincerely, you are a irreplaceable person in this world.
WingedSence Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Times like these I wish I had the ability to get a crappy job so i'd have the income to help out. I can't even send money for commisions...=/

But i'll spread the word.
RollerRazors Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
I'll be wishing for you. X< Hang in there!
LarKamai Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
I'm going to add to the massive amount of messages saying this, lol, but I sincerely wish you good luck and good health with this all.
toki-chu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
ah ;o; omg I hope you feel better, I can't bear to have you end this way.
Please, keep fighting, we all love you so don't push yourself with art at the moment! I know that you feel that commisions and whatnot is very important, but I'm sure they can bear wth having to wait longer. As long as you're better, that's the best thing right now

Take care and good luck :heart:!
pencilwarrior01 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You will be in my prayers man. I highly respect you for your art and the contributions you have made for the community.

Everyone, HELP OUT!
Rain--of--Shadows Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Get well soon l>
Best of luck to you!
VO87 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best of luck ^__^
RamoranScout Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
I've never been good at offering comforting words, so I'll just say "Feel Better..." which is my standard comment to those not feeling well... I don't know what else to say. It's odd to feel so much for someone I don't know. So... yeah... Feel Better.
DragonSpirit469 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had no idea that your condition was so serious! You'll be in my prayers, so please do get well soon! :hug:
shiorihime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
wish you all the best, take care
AustenMengler Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
best wishes man, looking forward to hearing from you on the other side! :horns:
xblahnessx Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
hope your surgery goes well, best of luck and best of health. you are one of the most amazing artists i've seen, and dammit you are staying alive long enough to finish Everafter! (that series is tooo good to abandon.) i would very much like to buy some concept art, not sure which one to choose. they all rule!
love ya, man~
fellorian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
best of luck! >': :heart:
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