As you all know I had my own GoFundMe set up a few years ago when I was going through a major health crisis. If it weren’t for the generosity of others, I don’t know how my husband and I would have gotten through things both financially and mentally. I start my post off like this because I have been there and I know how hard it is to ask for help in a time of need. Which is why I am always trying to find ways to use my art to give back. That is why when I was recently contacted by my friend Stephanie over at Morbidly Beautiful about a benefit raffle to help a fellow horror artist who was badly burned and lost everything in a fire, I immediately jumped on board.
If you are not aware, and surprisingly as it may sound, the horror community is one of the most kind and generous communities you can be a part of. That is why I was not surprised when I heard I was 1 of 70 shops who have donated their handmade creations to help raise money to “Re-Animate The Horror Corner“! Stephanie and I both decided that my Yours Cruelly Elvira/Cassandra Peterson portrait was ideal for any horror fan and a print of that piece will be going to one of the lucky winners.
If you love horror this is the raffle for you. Not only are you able to win some really unique prizes but your money will go to helping a horror artist to be less stressed while she recovers health wise and also help her to get back to creating and doing what she loves. Watch this video to see all the prizes and how you can enter!
Stay Spooky & Supportive!
I want to start off saying that I am pretty sure you are all aware of the various ways I have used my talent to help support good causes. When I am not directly involved if there is something I feel passionate about I always go out of my way to spread the word about it, volunteer my time or help out in anyway I can. I donate something out of my closet every time I buy myself something new. I have done breast cancer walks and other things to raise money in memory of my Mom. I gave back to Mayo Clinic and asked others to do the same after they gave me the answers I suffered years for. I use countless hours of my time on the computer answering questions and emails sent to me from others suffering from digestive motility disorders. I do what I can when I can. I have always been a giving person. It just comes naturally to me. I don’t do it to impress anyone. I do it because I know what it’s like and I want to help. I have been on the other end of the spectrum asking for help (via GoFundMe) due to my own medical setbacks. There were times the donations were all we had to live off of. You also know how incredibly appreciative I have been for the help that I have received and have expressed it countless times. This is not in any way shape or form a way to pat myself on the back. It is to give you a better understanding of who I am as you read this.
And so I begin my rant…….
People……….STOP these video challenges! Bringing awareness is one thing but doing something just because everyone else is doing it is not helping anyone but yourselves. In actuality it’s not even helping you. All it is doing is showing the world that when the band wagon comes through your town you will hop on board the minute it passes through! All so you can say “look at me.. I am cool too. I can throw water and ice and pies on my head just like everyone else and because of that I helped someone”. Think about that people. What really did you do that was so great? What person suffering is really going to live a happier day of their existence because you decided to throw shit on yourself and video tape it? Then you say.. “But my video raised awareness right?” No it didn’t. Unless you are a millionaire celebrity looking for the next publicity stunt and can donate tons of money on top of looking like a fool. In case you don’t get it, that leaves you only with the “looking like a fool” part. Especially those of you doing the video to get out of donating. Well, that is unless you are trying to raise money for selfishness. Then you’re golden!
Money isn’t everything to people suffering with these conditions either. If you can’t afford to donate you can do other things to help those who are struggling. “But I know someone with that disorder or disease and I did my video for them!” You know what you could be doing for them? Spending time with them instead of wasting it making stupid pointless videos. If you can’t because you live too far away, then go out of your way to do something extra nice for them. Send them flowers, a text, a phone call. Put a smile on a suffering face! If you insist on video taping yourself then make a video telling them how much you care about them and how you are there for them through their struggle. That would mean more to someone then letting them watch you humiliate yourself. I can’t begin to express how much the ” I love you Aunt Nicole” videos I got from my goddaughter Ava got me through my own struggles! Brought me tears of joy. Or how about the the countless cards I received from people letting me know they were thinking of me. They didn’t have to have money in them. They had love and thoughtfulness in them. As I type this I am wrapped in a blanket one of my best friends brought me in the hospital to make me feel “more comfortable”. One of my other best friends made me a travel package of things for Frank and I to stay occupied when we had to travel out of town to see specialists at Mayo. Another close friend made me a get well care basket of things that would make me feel better. A co-worker stopped by during my recovery with bags of fuits and vegetables to make smoothies because I was on an all liquid diet. Or the people who dropped off groceries or pre-made dinners for Frank. Those are the things I will treasure forever. Don’t know someone that needs help? There are countless every day people on GoFundMe.com that put their pride to the side to ask for help! You can take a moment to donate to them, spread their page for them or even contact them to just tell them that you are thinking of them. Join an online medical forum and try to give back by giving advice to those who have similar medical conditions as you. You would be surprised what you might learn about yourself.
The point of my rant is this…..get off this video challenge trend and start thinking of ways you can make life better for someone else! You can either be the person who looks like they are doing something or be the person who actually is!
Stay Spooky and Supportive!
Living Dead Girl Nicole
My Etsy Shop has been re-opened however please read before ordering.
This bride of Frankenstein just had surgery #3 that requires recovery time. My body has been sewn back together and needs some time to heal. My shop has been re-opened to allow customers to purchase any pre-made/ready to ship items and to put down deposits to be the first on my list for custom orders that will resume once I have risen from my grave again.
Orders are encouraged during this time as they will be a great help with medical expenses and bills while I am unable to work. Please do not be spooked and continue to place your orders. Just remember to be patient if there are any delays in shipping. My Frankenstein will be helping me get things shipped out as quickly as possible.
Custom made to order pieces of art will not resume until I am fully recovered so please keep that in mind when contacting me with your requests or placing any orders for items that need customization. This includes art prints as those are printed at the time they are ordered. I welcome you to continue to send your special item requests and I will let you know approximately when I will be able to get them created and filled.
For more info about my condition, stay up to date on my recovery and/or to make a monetary donation please visit http://www.gofundme.com/nicolen.
For those looking for a status on how Living Dead Girl Nicole is doing since her surgery on Friday please visit her www.gofundme.com/nicolen page for updates.
I am typing this from the comfort of my couch while doped up on Norcos and recovering from my recent procedure. What was suppose to be outpatient landed me in the hospital for 5 days. I just got home yesterday. My Etsy shop has been on vacation mode as I was not able to fulfill any orders. I have temporarily re-opened it. It will be open from now until the end of this month. It will close again in the evening of July 31st as I will be going back to the hospital to have surgery in the morning of August 1st. Items that are already made and are ready to ship are available for purchase and will be shipped out before I am down for the count. My husband will be helping me with anything I need to assure your items get out to you.
Custom/made to order creations will be put on hold until I am fully recovered from surgery. You can still order them right now but keep in mind that they take time to make and they won’t be started until I can physically make them.
For anyone that orders anything during this time I will keep you posted on the status of things so you are not left in the dark (although it is really nice here he he)!
If you have had your eye on something in my shop now would be a wonderful time to take the plunge and order it! I was caught up on medical expenses until now. They are stacking up fast and while I am down I can’t work. The orders that come through my Etsy Shop will help us out tremendously.
For those who would like to stay up to date on how I am doing, my condition or would like to help you can visit my GoFundMe page. Please share it! I would greatly appreciate it.
Artist Living Dead Girl Nicole is temporarily unable to fill orders at this time. This bride of Frankenstein is under more medical procedures that require some recovery time. Her shop will re-open for a short period of time to fill any pre-made/ready to ship orders until she has surgery on August 1st. At that time her shop will temporarily close again until she has risen from her grave and is able to keep up with shop requests.
She encourages any pre-made ready to ship orders when her shop is open. These types of orders will be greatly appreciated as they will help with medical expenses while she is unable to work. Please do not be spooked and continue to place these types of orders. Just remember to be patient if there are any delays in shipping. Her Frankenstein will be helping her get things shipped out as quickly as possible. Custom made to order pieces of art will not resume until she is fully recovered so please keep that in mind when contacting her with your requests or placing any orders for items that need customization or have to be made. This includes art prints as those are printed at the time they are ordered. She welcomes you to continue to send your special item requests and she will let you know approximately when she will be able to get them created and filled.
For more info about her condition, stay up to date on her recovery and/or to make a monetary donation please visit http://www.gofundme.com/nicolen.
Living Dead Girl Nicole
via Artwork By Living Dead Girl Nicole by LivingDeadGirlNicole on Etsy.
So I really am becoming more and more like the bride of Frankenstein. First I marry my high school sweetheart Frank on Halloween and now I am collecting a beautiful collection of surgery scars as doctors keep taking parts out of me and piecing me back together.
That’s me being humorous about the stress I am facing now. 🙂
So Monday we put Sabbath to sleep. Thursday I am being rushed to the ER.
To sum things up I now have gallstones and pancreatitis (and yes Sabbath had pancreatitis too). I was in intense pain that has subsided to aches and pains here and there. More less a lot of discomfort versus me being keeled over in a ball like I was on the way to the ER. I get these fun nausea spells as well. Also just very tired and very weak. I can’t do much without feeling drained. Part of this is also do to the fact I have been on only liquids for 4 days. That is until today. I met with my doctor and I can eat as long as I stick to a very strict no fat/low very low fat diet from now until I can get back in to see a specialist. This is to avoid me getting another attack and ending up having surgery in the ER. Needless to say when I meet with the specialist it will be to set up an ERCP. This is a procedure where they knock you out and go down your throat with a camera and tools and make sure your bile ducts are clear from any gallstones. This is the leading cause of people who get pancreatitis from gallstones. If they are not clear they will clear them at that time. Once I recover from that then I am back to the operating table to have my gallbladder removed. I really am not leaving much for the zombies to consume anymore. I mean no large intestine, no appendix and now soon to be no gallbladder. Guess they will just have to have whats left of my brains. And that isn’t too well these days either.
Just giving everyone a heads up. The reason for the heads up is because if you want to get anything from my Etsy shop now would be a really good time to do so. Not only cause of the financial burdens but because I may have to temporarily “vacation mode” shut down my shop once stuff starts rolling for me. Similar to when I had my previous surgeries.
Also I am still updating my GoFundMe page . This is the best place for you to get updates on how I am doing. Also if you share the page with others I would greatly appreciate it as I had to set some a new goal on there.
Stay Spooky and Healthy!