I sometimes have the feeling this isn't for real - but chatting with her keeps me reminded every day of the hard facts: It's just another seven days until she will climb a big silver bird, which will bring her safe and sane to my place... well at least that's what I hope for, what all her friends hope for!
I am so excited. My Best Best Online Friend and somewhat soul sister will really really gather her things and come all the way from Bangkok to see me in person - I feel so honored! <3 <3 <3
I am speaking of Tanya ( Aardvark Silver), of course. She won't just visit to chat face to face eventually, have some fun, and enjoy a vacation (which she desperately deserves after the horrible time life has been giving her the last months, if not years!). Tanya suffers, as some of you will know, from some not yet correctly diagnosed (and of course not ever properly treated!) condition, with much too high pressure of cerebro-spinal fluid, causing her optic nerves to get squished till she will lose her eyesight. Not to speak of the terrible headaches, and neuropathies, and other adverse effects that a compressed and undersupplied central nerve system can bring. Use your fantasy, cause the details are too ugly to be described here in detail.
A certain natural remedy (Ling Zhi Fungus, aka Reishi Mushroom ) was able to bring her a little relief lately, but of course this is just sort of tinkering at the symptoms, and won't be the solution on the long run.
A risky shunt implantation and three (3!) revision surgeries, ending with the removal of the shunt, didn't bring any relief, yet cost her all monetary reserves and brought her on the edge of death
in a public hospital in Bangkok in spring 2010, not long after her artery surgery. (It's unforgettable how you all, a crowd of caring, generous folks out there had helped to make this one possible at all!)
She hasn't had any time to recover from this ordeal, but rather was struggling hard ever since to raise enough funds to come to Germany, where we will hopefully get her into well-reputated German NHS to enable her to go to a proper hospital, with all the diagnosis tools and machines, and dedicated well-paid doctors who will care to find out how this wonderful lady can be helped.
But - there always seems to be a "but", right? *sigh* - all her efforts harvested just enough spare money to buy a ticket from BKK to Germany, and some more to send her goods and supplies here. Imagine: This brave soul doesn't want to leave her customers and friends (you can use the words synonymously in oh so many cases) outside in the rain, but instead continue sending beautiful gems and shiny hard-to-find high quality supplies to them, along with her message of light and love, while she is seeking medical care! Of course I will help her as good as possible, and of course she won't need a dime for lodging and food as long as she stays with me and my family.
Still, some expenses may come up, like transportation, medicines, phone and internet fees and some more I can't even think of at the moment. And she wishes so hard and has been dreaming of seeing some more of her friends in Europe... oh what a bliss it would be to gather them all in one place and welcome our dear Tanya!
To come to the point, this whole rant is basically just another heads up to go to her online shops and buy buy buy what you will need now and for the next weeks! Hey, it's only 6 short months till Christmas, and the main holiday business will start long before that LOL.
And if you need some jewelry gift for yourself (I know you make all the gifts for your special persons yourself ;-)) - why not check out if Tanya's very own jewelry line on "Fusion Muse"
has something to offer for your appetite?!
There's really no reason to buy anything from Tanya out of pity for her situation. She wouldn't want this anyways! Her carefully selected silver jewelry supplies are of hard-to-reach quality, her unique artisan jewelry is a class of its own, and last not least she is having a SALE, offers generous DISCOUNTS, and has some fab GIVE-AWAYS to share with her customers!
A final explanation to those of you who might think the whole plan is just frigging mad, and silly to the core: Time is running out for her eyesight. And if you knew the pains and the fear she has to live with, you wouldn't wonder in the least, that her patience is running out, too. That she is now grabbing for the best and maybe last chance to set an end to her suffering. Thanks for listening, thanks for spreading the word, and thanks for shopping with Aardvark!