2 and a half years ago, I created a Go Fund Me campaign. It was to help pay for me to have neurosurgery in the States – one of two operations that completely changed my life.
Creating the campaign, I remember feeling frustrated. I was angry that it was my only option. Hurt that I had been left to seek out my own medical care. Embarrassed that I had to look to my friends and family to support my existence in this world. Scared that they wouldn’t.
And then it happened. From the moment I pressed ‘publish’, I experienced an incredible swelling of support from those closest to me, people I hadn’t seen in years, and people I had never met. In the span of several days, we had raised enough money to alleviate the financial stress of the surgery, and enough love and support to sweep me up and carry me through the experience in a beautiful haze of goodwill.
In the story for that campaign, I wrote the following:
“I always hoped that if I made one of these pages it would be for something really cool – like start up money for my own arts company, funding for an awesome musical that I wrote, or to create my own restaurant that exclusively serves ice cream for breakfast.
I still hope to do all of those things, but unfortunately those dreams, and many others, have been put on hold.”
So much has changed since I wrote those words, but others haven’t. I still want to create my own arts company. I’m still very into the idea of ice cream for breakfast. And it’s not a musical, but I currently have a live online fundraising campaign for a sketch comedy show that I’m co-producing, writing, and performing in called Generally Hospital.
When I first started this blog, it was in response to a feeling of invisibility. I was sick, but had no diagnosis, and I was left in bed without any clear way forward. Writing was my only way to communicate and connect with the world around me.
Over the years, my situation has changed, and I’ve found new tools. Tools that have allowed me to take my experience and make something out of it.
Generally Hospital is a sketch comedy revue fully themed around a hospital setting. Through the show, we’ve worked to lift the veil that shrouds the medical institution, and show that when it comes down to it, we’re all human. A number of the sketches speak to my personal experiences with illness and disability, but it’s a comedy, so there are also farts.
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of producing, trying to put together the funding, sell tickets, and make the show the best it can be, but it’s also important to take stock of how lucky I am to be in this position. How lucky I am to get to share these stories with an audience.
If you’re in the Toronto area this summer, it would be amazing to see you at the show. It runs from July 4th to the 15th and you can get tickets here.
And if you want to help support the show, and our efforts to make it as inclusive as possible with ASL interpretation, audio description, and a relaxed performance, please feel very free to check out our indiegogo campaign.
But most of all, this post is to thank you. Without your support over the years, listening, sharing, giving, and loving, today would look very different.
Thank you so much <3