Hey Geek Girls fans and friends,
It is never easy to see a friend hurting, it is never easy to watch someone you care about going through something tough and not being able to make it go away. Sitting on the sidelines while someone you love is in trouble is one of the worst places to be as a friend...
When I became a Geek Girl I did not even dream that it would be anything more than just a fun little side hobby, I figured I would cosplay a little and write some cool articles and that would be that. Wow was I ignorant. I now have come to know that being a part of this site, this team, this family has been one of the greatest things to of happened to me in a long time. I never had a lot of friends, let alone girl friends that I could relate to. I never thought for a million years I would come to have all of these amazing women on my side cheering me on, and being there to talk to when I needed them.
I met Leah, aka Callie Cosplay about 5-6 months ago when she was taken on as a Geek Girl officially. At first I thought “Wow this girl is so freaking stunning”. She was the perfect mix between girl next door and fierce super heroine that makes you smile and makes your heart skip a beat all at once. Her costuming skills and ability to produce a single costume in a day are unlike any others I have seen. The fact she can create a photo shoot in not even a week from scratch is mind blowing to me. Needless to say at first glance, she is the PERFECT geek girl. I then started to chat with her one on one as Leah. At first I met a quieter, but spirited young lady. She was opinionated and passionate in her beliefs and matched with me that could be a bad mix haha. But no, we immediately clicked. We sat for hours that night and spoke about everything going on in our lives. We were as open as we had ever been before with anyone and we had never even met. It was like having a sleepover with your best friend of 8 years. She was so easy to talk to, so relaxed, so caring and attentive and I knew then that she was something special.
So this post comes from a hard place for me. Here is what Callie Cosplay, one of our fellow Geek Girls, and friend had to tell all of us about her situation right now. This was taken from her personal donation site. To read the rest of the story please visit the link:
“I lost insurance a while back before I needed a surgical procedure so the doctors could rule out lymphoma or another type of cancer. I saw 8 doctors who told me I needed to have the surgery, and was in and out of 3 hospitals frantically trying to find someone who would remove a lymph node before I got worse. All of the doctors were throwing around the "cancer" word while they kept ruling out everything else through seemingly endless amounts of blood work. I lost insurance officially back in November 2012, 7 hours before my scheduled surgery. The one that was supposed to rule out the scary thing the doctors kept telling my family and me. I have only gotten worse since then.
My immune system has completely shut down, and all of my lymph nodes are still swollen. I continue to get worse in health, as the doctors cannot do the right procedures to figure out what is wrong with me due to the fact I am unable to afford all of the expenses. I am in pain all the time, and my body hurts so much it is hard to function in everyday life. I have endometriosis on top of this and have struggled with depression about my medical issues, and my overall health and well being. I have gone through hell and back, been stuck with needles hundreds of times and with no answers at all, aside from the fact that yes, something is seriously wrong.”
Callie is very sick. And I had known for a while that she was but did not know the extent of it. But now I do. She messaged me and confided in me about it and I could tell she was feeling completely defeated, and that wasn’t like the girl I had met before, so I was worried. And what can we do? What can we do as friends but to be there with an open ear and a shoulder to cry on, especially when living across the world from one another. I felt helpless. So I thought to do the one thing I knew I could. Reach out. I know Geek girls has a large platform of fans and I decided to use it to help as best as I could. So I teamed up with Dana (Our Geek Girls co creator) to make this post. Callie is well aware of it, but at the same time I know she does not want to be pitied as she is such a strong woman, but I tell her sometimes it is ok to ask for help.
We are a family at Geek Girls and no matter what we protect our own.
Here are the links to her Print Store where all of the proceeds will be going towards her medical expenses, and also to her donation site where even a little goes a long way. All of the information from herself about what is going on is in the description on the donation page. Please read it. No one should have to suffer alone. Let’s all stand up and get on the field. We are all now Callie Cheerleaders.
Thanks and much love,
Again you can help by contributing to her fundraiser or by buying some of her awesome stuff at Callie's closet or by sharing these links. Any help at all that you can give is greatly appreciated, every little bit helps. ♥
“Everyone has an Angel. A Guardian who watches over us. We can't know what form they'll take. One day, old man. Next day, little girl. But don't let appearances fool you, they can be as fierce as any dragon. Yet they're not here to fight our battles, but to whisper from our heart. Reminding that it's us. Its everyone of us who holds power over the world we create.“
Geek Girl: Callie Cosplay
Black Widow: David Love
Black Cat: John Corley
This is the link to Leah's Medical Fundraising: http://www.gofundme.com/savingcallie?pc=flwdgt
-Manuel A. Carmona