So as I mentioned before, it’s that time of year.
When all the open barrels of Nuts get pushed to the front of the store. Where the smell of hazelnut coffee and holiday drinks fill the air! Where people are always eating and handing out chocolates and sweets and oh so many wonderful things!!
All of which can kill me.
I have a severe nut allergy. VERY severe. Where the smell CAN kill me. I’ve had too many close calls before and it resulted in me having to wear a mask and gloves through most of college. It’s a black, neoprene, filtered mask.
It keeps me alive.
But cause people to stare. To call security on you. To treat you like a threat or a freak. They think you’re demanding attention and when you ask them not to eat anything with nuts they get offended that you are trying to take away their rights.
I was getting better. It was getting less severe and I could grocery shopping on my own. But something has triggered it again. I’m not sure what, but nearly dying in the mall has reminded me once again just how dangerous it is.
And I’m not just talking itchy rashes and hives, or being sick to your stomach. I’m talking, throat closing up and stop breathing. It’s like drowning, but you can’t figure out where the surface is so you have no way of getting up for air.
And then after, you’re in the hospital. The epi-pen that saved your life is causing your heart to race and the allergy medicine is wanting to put you to sleep. Your body is in complete confusion! And by the time the doctor gets around to see you, he yells at you for wasting his time, since you are not showing any symptoms he’s familiar with. And you can barely form words, are still shaking form a near-death experience and can’t fight back.
So they leave you in a bed, hooked up to machines for eight hours. All alone and then send you home…
So, this holiday season, can you just be allergy aware? And if you know someone with a food allergy, be kind? It’s horrid to have.
And I’m dreading stepping outside today because I know, the mask and gloves have to come back on and I hate it.
But living is a little more important to me…
Just know I’ll be a little out of it for a few days. It takes a while for my body to fully recover. So if I act weird or go silent, that’s why. Sorry.
I had no idea it could be so severe.
Reblogging because this is important.
Not to mention all the other money that furries generate that go to charity:
Each year, Further Confusion donates money to selected charities. Funds are raised both from its charity auction and from a direct grant given by the convention itself. The following charities have benefitted since Further Confusion was founded:
- 1999: ($3,500) Coyote Point Museum and Therapy Pets
- 2000: ($6,000) The Cartoon Art Museum and Friends of the Sea Otter
- 2001: ($7,240) The Oakland Zoo and The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
- 2002: ($5,200) The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Tiger Touch
- 2003: ($6,000) Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) and The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
- 2004: ($10,000) Bay Area Bears and The Exotic Feline Breeding Center
- 2005: ($10,000) Therapy Pets and Friends of Lulu
- 2006: ($15,000) Wildlife Companions and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
- 2007: ($16,000) Golden State Greyhounds and Stanislaus Wildlife Rehabilitation
- 2008: ($22,000) House Rabbit Society, Rattie Ratz, and Wildcare
- 2009: ($16,000) Mountain Lion Foundation, and Guide Dogs for the Blind
- 2010: ($18,114) Therapy Pets, Guide Dogs for the Blind, NARF Animal Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society (Haiti disaster animal rescue)
To date, the total amount donated to local charities by Further Confusion stands at $119,054.
AND AND AND! Look how happy that kid is petting the soft, big puppy! You can raise all the money in the world, but that kid will NEVER forget being able to pet the big puppy. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I stay a furry, despite all the negative connotations of the group. And yes, that money for charity, it’s amazing stuff.
Thought it was interesting to reblog all these listed charities. I was wondering which specific ones conventions had donated to.
This makes me happy.
Cute suit, cute moment, great cause, great fandom
I know I’ve reblogged this once, but I’m doing it again.
… I can no longer diss on furries. This is actually a really good thing. Go furries.
Look how happy that little boy is!
What a lovely thing to do for the benefit of others, entertainment.
So, these are only a FEW of the tweets that were aimed towards me, for openly being a female with armpit hair. There are millions more that I may or may not post. But for now, let’s go ahead and review this here folks.
Does a dozen teenagers who have been brainwashed by our patriarchal, misogynistic society telling me that I’m a disgusting hairy ape hurt my feelings? Absolutely not. I’m obviously very proud to display my body and my personal choices that go against our cruel standards for women.
But what does make me sad, is that this is what we are teaching our youth. These are the real, raw beliefs of young people today in regards to women, and what they can and cannot do with their bodies.
They truly believe in their minds that it is ‘unacceptable’ and ‘disgusting’ for a woman to make the choice to not shave. What’s even more sad to me is that the people agreeing with this boy were ALL FEMALE. Is this kind of bias, this kind of internalized hatred for womens bodies & choices really what we want to continue to teach them? This is probably the first time they have seen a woman who doesn’t take a razor and shave off what naturally grows on her body, and they’re legitimately angry to the point where they can personally attack someone they don’t even know about their body. They are angry to the point where it’s almost as if they feel personally insulted that a girl does not shave. Let’s stop and think: why would they feel this angry about a personal choice that is so very insignificant? That has no effect on our health, hygiene or well being?
Think back to this the next time you hear yourself or someone else saying 'women are equal' or ‘women aren’t discriminated against.’Because this is what we are teaching our young women. We are teaching them that your body is not okay, it is not okay to go against what society defines as ‘beautiful.’ It is not okay to be open about who you are, what you choose to do with your body that makes you most comfortable. It is not okay to make a choice that goes against the rules that society has set for us. That you are ‘psycho,’ an ape, disgusting, & that your choices that fit your comfort are not okay. This is the world we have created for women.
Chimamamda Ngozi Adiche, We Should All Be Feminists
The most powerful thing anyone has ever said to me: “You deserve to take up space.”
I want to find a BLU Spy and during a photoshoot, kiss him and then things get heated up. Short story; We fuck in a bathroom in costume and we would even have the accents. I’d call him a wanka and he’d would talk to me in French.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME
How could I miss that when I was in Lonod dress up as red sniper.
another clothing art theft story i can add to my list. the popular online clothing store Romwe has decided to steal my artwork without permission for a new sweater design. (it’s a re-coloring of my original artwork which can be seen here.) just so you know: i’m not making a penny off of this! please do NOT buy this item, and if you can/feel like it, spread the word about what jerks Romwe are :(
It’s badly recoloured, too, which is doubly insulting.