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Dreamweaver's Lair => Dragon Spine => Den of Iniquity => Topic started by: Gemethyst on March 11, 2012, 03:56:56 PM

Title: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on March 11, 2012, 03:56:56 PM
The only rule I have about posting here is this: Have Fun!

I credit the mun of Bjorn Andrews with inspiring me to get my own folder. I?ve been around DM since 2006, and never made the move to get one till now.  Many heartfelt thanks go to that mun, because for the first time I am excited about having a place to write Gem?s story. I am looking forward to sharing Gem with those who want to read about her.

Many thanks also to the administrators of the forums of Dragon's Mark.  Without the muns of Panther, Amaltea, and Xenograg, as well as others whose names I am too silly with excitement to drag out of my head, we would not have a place as excellent as this at which to write. At which to share the many stories in our heads. So thank you all, especially the ones who never get named or thanked. I thank you right now.

Gem was created in tabletop Advanced Dungeons & Dragons many years back, within the careful restrictions of my then Dungeon Master. So, yeah, that dates me.  I am not in my twenties.  Those angsty times are behind me, now, and so there it is.
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Post by: Calix Aleta on March 11, 2012, 04:00:42 PM
Congrats on the new folder!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mesteno on March 11, 2012, 04:36:42 PM
About time, lady! I'm going to be stalking you here, just so you know.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Bjorn Andrews on March 11, 2012, 06:32:21 PM
I did not 'inspire' you so much as apply peer-pressure but you are incredibly sweet.  :grin: I cannot wait for all the Gem stories that come, as well as the Eze and Rei ones and whatever guests you end up having! I love Gem's depth and versatility as a character beyond words, and only you could breathe such fantastic life into her in the way you do. Now you have to post at least once every two months! I am satisfied.

Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: RDI Falcon on March 15, 2012, 12:15:57 AM
Always enjoy seeing what you write, and playing foil to Gem - have fun!!!
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Post by: Riley ORourke on March 15, 2012, 12:54:46 AM
Psst - Apparently, according to a wee birdie, it's someone's birthday today (3/15).  I won't name names (Gem's writer) but I just wanted to wish this very special person (Gem's writer) a very happy birthday!

(http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/uu69/Hatsu-Hana/happy-birthday11-3.jpg)
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Post by: Katt Batten on March 15, 2012, 01:31:38 AM
Oh oh! Happy Birthday! And congrats on the folder!
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Post by: Gypsy Lore on March 15, 2012, 11:02:11 AM
-Copies Katt-

Happy Birthday and congrats on your folder! :D
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Post by: Kruger on March 17, 2012, 08:20:39 AM
Ah...another new neighbor, hope you are upwind.  The forge fires haven't made me a lot of friends on the down wind side.  Enjoy the folder.

D~the imperfect
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Ebon Ilnaren on March 17, 2012, 10:30:40 AM
Well, a belated Happy Birthday to Gem's writer, and cheers for the new folder!  :D
Title: PLEASE NOTE!
Post by: Mesteno on March 17, 2012, 01:14:55 PM
For anyone that plays with Gem, I've just had word from her family that she's currently in hospital with pneumonia. She's being looked after well and should hopefully be out in a few days, but it was requested I let people know as she'll obviously be absent a while.

GET WELL SOON, LADY! Sorry you had a shi**y birthday =/
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Post by: Amthyst Oak on March 18, 2012, 02:10:46 PM
Yikes. Thank you for the update.

Gemmy, I hope you feel better soon <3
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Post by: Elisa Clarke on March 18, 2012, 05:46:57 PM
=(!  Get well soon!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Bjorn Andrews on March 19, 2012, 02:09:06 PM
I know I've already e-mailed but this one is to say rest hardcore, drink plenty of fluids (I think?), and let us know how you're doing soon! I worry about you, lady, and light a lot of white candles to give warmth to all the positive thoughts I'm sending your way. <3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Rhiannon Brock on March 19, 2012, 04:58:58 PM
Feel better soon, Gem. ::hugs::
Title: Re: PLEASE NOTE!
Post by: Sulissurn on March 19, 2012, 07:55:10 PM
[quote:5af346b893="Mesteno"]For anyone that plays with Gem, I've just had word from her family that she's currently in hospital with pneumonia. She's being looked after well and should hopefully be out in a few days, but it was requested I let people know as she'll obviously be absent a while.

GET WELL SOON, LADY! Sorry you had a shi**y birthday =/[/quote]

Lots of rest and lots of sparkly pink thoughts for you, okay? I am so sorry this was one of your gifts for your birthday :( Come back to us feeling better!
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Post by: Gypsy Lore on March 22, 2012, 08:16:57 AM
I hope you better soon! Just an echo of everyone else?s wishes, we all miss you and keep you in our thoughts. And yeah, sucks that it had to happen on or around your birthday.

-BIG HUG- GET BETTER!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on April 14, 2012, 01:10:24 PM
Thank you all for the well wishes and concern.  I am all better now, except for some lingering tiredness, which I am told is normal.  I started nursing school again at the start of April.  So far I have survived 2 weeks out of the eleven that the quarter lasts for.  If I make it through the last 9 weeks alright, I will be a graduated LPN sometime in mid-June.  Then I can hopefully go on for the RN year, which starts in late June.  I do plan on being around to play, but things have been hectic with school and kidlets and illness and all.  I will show up more, I promise. Don't give up on me!  You all take care and see you in play SOON!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Katt Batten on April 14, 2012, 01:23:49 PM
Glad to hear you are doing better. You had us worried girl! Continue to get better (because that is most important!) and good luck with everything else!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Calix Aleta on April 14, 2012, 03:04:39 PM
Good to hear you are doing better. For now just worry about that and personal life first. And when you have the time to play, we'll see you there.
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Post by: Riley ORourke on April 14, 2012, 04:18:22 PM
::smothers Gem in love and squishy hugs!::

I'm so glad to see you!  <3 <3 <3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gypsy Lore on April 30, 2012, 07:50:09 PM
You back!? You better!? Yay!! Sorry this is late but I'm so happy to hear you're doing better, luv.

Missed seeing Gem around! -hugs-
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on May 10, 2012, 09:57:32 AM
Hah, I miss seeing Gem around, too! And Rei!  I am better, just zigging and zagging through this quarter of nursing school.  It's a tough one, lemme tell ya.  Also, I suddenly had to move, as my landlady suddenly didn't have a place to live except the place I am ..was..renting from her.  We move this saturday, and right now I am packing/cleaning/moving boxes over to the new place.  I hope to have a wee bit of down time on sunday during the day to pop in. I miss you all.  So very much.  I will be back.::In Ahn-nold accent:: Phear!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Tenacity Casely on May 10, 2012, 09:39:24 PM
Please be back forever, now. I miss you ridiculous amounts! ...it's almost enough to make Tenacity pout.

<3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on June 23, 2012, 09:50:48 PM
Whoa, we can't have Ten pouting!!!

For those of you that care, I am now a graduated Licensed Practical Nurse.  I will be taking the state board exam in another month or so, even though I am going on to RN school, which starts this coming monday.   Summer quarter is only 5 weeks long, and so I should be around this summer much more than I have been.  I look forward to playing more with you all.  

Be safe and play nice!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Rhiannon Brock on July 03, 2012, 07:34:20 PM
Congrats on graduating! :)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on October 17, 2012, 06:59:21 AM
Well, I passed my state board exam, and so I am a real nurse, of the LPN kind.  I got through the summer RN quarter, and am now in the fall quarter. It's been murder so far.  Why they gotta make it so bloody hard I am  not certain.  I suppose it's because nurses and hospitals get sued so much. Anyway, I haven't been around, but it's not because I don't want to, for what that is worth.  This nursing school thing has me dragging and when I am not studying or doing basic living things, I am trying to sleep.  Can't wait for June.  Hope you all are doing well out there in rp land.

Ciao for now.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Bjorn Andrews on October 17, 2012, 09:39:22 AM
Congratulations on all of your success so far, sweetheart! We miss you, but at the same time, I'm sure I'm not the only one who understands how much more important nursing is! Real life always comes first, and at least I will still be around when you come back! ;)

I hope your health is good, and I'm sure you'll keep passing your courses with flying colors. Try to squeeze in some fun in there of one variety or another! You deserve it.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on July 01, 2013, 10:28:13 AM
And so here I am, again, with the folder reinstated!  Thank you, admins, for opening it back up.  I just finished RN school, and no longer in school. Thank God for that!  I just have to take the state board and pass it, and then I will be a licensed RN.  Then it's all about looking for the job!  

It's good to be back, and to have more time now to write and play with you all.  I've missed you.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Brian Ravenlock on July 01, 2013, 10:30:37 AM
Welcome back!!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Audrey Horne on July 02, 2013, 01:06:43 AM
*Sings* Welcome back, welcome back, welcome bbaaaaccccckkkk.

Also, congratulations!  :lol:  +bouncy+
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on July 09, 2013, 09:56:48 PM
I don't believe it.  I actually passed my state board test!  I am a real Registered Nurse with a real license. I've been laughing like a fool and crying like an idiot in turns now, for the last hour.  All those years of study and effort and struggle when I got sick...it's done.  Now if I can just talk someone into hiring me, I will be a contributing member of society again.  Huzzah!!!  

Thank you to all of those who have given your encouragement and support, not least of whom is the mun of Ezekiel Pearrce.  Thank you.
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Post by: Rhiannon Brock on July 10, 2013, 04:22:47 AM
Congratulations!
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Post by: Cianan on July 19, 2013, 09:44:50 PM
Hoooooray!
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Post by: Sulissurn on July 21, 2013, 01:00:13 AM
Good to have Suliss' favorite chew toy back.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on July 23, 2013, 08:41:17 PM
To be chewed by Suliss is to know the sharp bliss of the edge of the blade as it meets the artery. ::Grin:: I look forward to future dances.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on September 02, 2013, 11:10:04 AM
And so I am hired.  I will be working at a psych hospital as a psychiatric nurse.  I'll be working graveyard on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in 12 hour shifts for awhile, until I get my foot sufficiently in the door to get a day shift. The nice thing about nights is that I get a 3.00 an hour shift differential added onto my hourly wage, which rocks. And I will also get another buck an hour for being the charge nurse, as there is only one at night, and it looks like that will be me.  Ultimately, dear friends, that means I won't be around on those nights for the most part.  However, do look for me on and off during the rest of the week.  I'm so excited. I have a week of days for orientation starting the 16th, and so my graves won't start until the following week.  I have my brand new nursing shoes and my brand new scrub sets.  I just need a new nurses watch and a notebook to be ready. And...and eyeliner.  Because a girl can't function without THAT.  ::Grin::  Thanks to all of you for your support and well wishes!!  Love you guys muchly, as Amthy might say.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: JewellRavenlock on September 02, 2013, 11:39:20 AM
Congratulations! I'm very excited for you!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on September 08, 2013, 09:24:41 AM
Life has thrown me a curve ball, and I'm all topsy turvy with it.  It seems I am hired at another place, suddenly, and the sweet thing is that it's all weekdays, no weekends, no NIGHTS, no on call.  The next sweet thing is that it's only two miles from where I live, and that means no hour each way commute like the other job had.  And then its rate of pay is higher so I'll clear another 300 or 400 a month more.  ::Blissful sigh::  I'm in a state of shock.  All I can think of at the moment is that it means I'll still be around on those weekend nights, and that makes me all warm and fuzzy.  Is it really awful that this job puts me at the way top of my nursing school classmates for payrate?  Is it even more awful that I have this really indecent feeling of glee about this?  Heh, I didn't realize I was so ...so mean!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on November 04, 2013, 01:32:19 AM
The job has had me working my backside off and taking calls during the nights, even though I am not "on call". Funny how that works.  Anyway,  I think I ma starting to get used to it.  I will be gone next week at a seminar but after that, I intend to slip back into evening rp.  Hope to see you all soon.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mesteno on December 12, 2013, 07:48:56 PM
A public announcement for folks involved with Gem Mun's characters:

Poor lass has asked me to let folks know she's having some computer issues. It's off for repairs and she likely won't be around for a week or so!
Title: Weeeee, got my folder back!
Post by: Gemethyst on August 13, 2014, 02:07:54 AM
It's back, it's back, my folder!  ::Hugs the folder tightly.:: I will be good and I will post and I will try not to lose you again!


Trouble is back!
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Post by: Crispin on August 13, 2014, 04:07:32 AM
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Post by: Jack Scot on August 13, 2014, 01:42:52 PM
Welcome back, Gemmie darling. <3
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Post by: Delahada on August 13, 2014, 02:55:48 PM
Woohoo! Can't wait to see what epic things you write!  :grin:
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Post by: The Redneck on August 13, 2014, 09:36:58 PM
Yay!  For the return of your folder!
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Post by: Daniel DeAuster on August 16, 2014, 07:43:22 PM
Congrats on getting the folder up and running again! Enjoying the stories and looking forward to seeing what's next in the life of our Gem.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on June 15, 2015, 05:14:34 PM
Please delete
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Post by: Gemethyst on June 15, 2015, 05:17:29 PM
So, now back again, folder returned. Very glad about that.  Having a lot of challenges. Health and fun things like that.   Looking forward to writing more.  I will have time now. Gem has been pestering me that she has more to say in the advice to thieves thread.  I better get on the stick or she won't sbe speaking to me, ha ha.
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Post by: Delahada on June 15, 2015, 07:34:47 PM
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Post by: Gemethyst on February 18, 2016, 12:43:42 PM
So, once again the big C (Cancer) is lurking over my family, though this time it is not me.  My mother has just been diagnosed, over the last several weeks of inumerable tests, with pancreatic cancer.  I think it is much worse being with and taking care of someone who has the dreaded C than it is to actually have it.  

The threat of my mother being taken from us floors me.  Those of you who have one still kicking should go and hug her just because.  Time disappears like water through the fingers.

They do plan on operating.  She will have a pancreatic resection done on March 10th.  It's a pretty serious operation, as the specialist says, "it's a pretty big deal".   Those of you who pray or send positive vibes, I'll take anything you got.

Thank you all ahead of time.

With love, Gem mun.
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Post by: Canaan on February 18, 2016, 12:50:52 PM
I'll be keeping all y'all in my prayers!
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Post by: JewellRavenlock on February 18, 2016, 01:06:20 PM
<3 Keep us updating when you can, but I'm thinking about you and your family.
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Post by: Pharlen on February 18, 2016, 02:13:12 PM
I'm always here for you <3  Just call or message!
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Post by: The Redneck on February 18, 2016, 03:17:32 PM
::hug:: <3
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Post by: Claire Gallows on February 18, 2016, 03:19:34 PM
Sending all of the good juju!
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Post by: Lucy Mitford on February 18, 2016, 06:36:35 PM
Sending much love to your mother, you, and your whole family.
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Post by: Jack Scot on February 18, 2016, 09:50:00 PM
Remember to take care of yourself, darling. Love and prayers to you and your family. <3
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Post by: Gemethyst on March 08, 2016, 09:12:26 PM
Thanks, you guys.  Heading into the big city tomorrow, spending the night with mom tonight. She's a bit weepy, so we are good company for each other.  Surgery is thursday.  We'll know more then.  At least I hope so!!!  Biting my nails for the last few weeks. Y'all take care of each other.

Much Gem love.
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Post by: Mesteno on March 08, 2016, 09:51:27 PM
So I just spotted this. Somehow I missed your post back in February about your mother. Swear to God, you are having the worst luck.

Know I keep you in my thoughts. Here's hoping she makes a swift recovery. She couldn't have anyone better looking after her.
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Post by: The Redneck on March 08, 2016, 09:57:47 PM
::Hug:: All manner of love and positivity sweetheart.
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Post by: PrlUnicorn on March 10, 2016, 09:42:42 PM
I also missed the post about your mother's illness. I hope the surgery went well and that she's feeling better soon.
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Post by: Gemethyst on April 13, 2016, 10:49:06 PM
Again, thank you for your thoughts, words, and prayers.  They must be working!  The pancreatic specialist thinks they got all of it, with only one lymph node taken along with half her pancreas.  She has to go through chemo...we go see that doctor tomorrow, and he is the one who worked with me during my fight with cancer, which means she's in good hands.  She can't eat much and has lost 12 pounds she didn't have to lose, but they say by the third month she might be back to eating semi-normally.  Besides part of the pancreas, they took her duodenum, gall bladder, and part of the bile duct; it's an operation called the Whipple.  I keep seeing the guy with the toilet paper commercials in my head. She has to have prescribed enzymes now in order to properly digest her food, at least for fats, but that's better than the alternative!  We are all coping well enough here.  Hope to be playing again soon.  You all take care.
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Post by: Daniel DeAuster on April 13, 2016, 10:58:15 PM
Very happy to hear that the operation has gone well. Sending warm thoughts and hopes for your mother's recovery during the upcoming chemo.

D
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Post by: Canaan on April 13, 2016, 11:23:34 PM
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Post by: Lucy Mitford on April 14, 2016, 12:50:09 AM
Sending you so much love and well wishes.  Your mom is in my thoughts.
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Post by: Delahada on April 14, 2016, 02:01:17 AM
You are missed around here! Glad to hear everything is looking up. Throwing you all the love and positivity I can! ♥♥♥
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Post by: The Redneck on April 14, 2016, 02:11:25 AM
So very happy things are on an upswing for you!  <3  Massive amounts of love and positivity!
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Post by: Jack Scot on April 14, 2016, 08:42:04 PM
Hugs and more to you and your mom. It's so good to hear good news! Remember to take care of yourself as well. <3
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Post by: Benjamin Piers on May 09, 2016, 04:08:54 PM
Making a quick pop in because I'm busy and I also can't count...  :3
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Post by: Pharlen on May 31, 2016, 09:34:57 PM
Gemmun sends loves and hearts, she's doing better, her mum's doing better, and I only nag her a little bit about taking care of herself.  ;)
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Post by: Pharlen on June 27, 2016, 12:12:22 AM
Bloop!  I'm lazy, but I've been writing so much the last week, my hands are saying 'screw you'.  <3
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Post by: Benjamin Piers on July 11, 2016, 11:17:14 PM
Derptastic!  <3  

Love is sent to all.
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Post by: Gemethyst on July 16, 2016, 03:52:42 PM
Have I told you all how grand and marvelous you are? If not, then consider it said!!  I think of this place and HUNGER to be here and writing. To interact with you all and just...write. Just play. Just feel the love.  Even when I am NOT here I feel such a connection to you guys.  Like my own special world sitting in my back pocket (jeans, of course!) there to let my brain meld with yours in writing and plotting and twisting and.....etc.  So, in short, even when I am not here, I AM here.  And so I thank you all.

Mom is now in two months of radiation and oral chemo.  Then she will have two more months of intravenous chemo.  The time passes, she keeps planting her garden and picking fruit from her orchard of 80 trees. She just won't act like she is in cancer treatment.  It isn't denial...really it isn't. It's just that she doesn't have time for that defeatist crap like being afraid of what her body will do next. So she bloody well ignores it and just carries on like a soldier.  I have a pretty great mom, when all is said and done.  She just made apricot jam from her trees yesterday when she was supposed to be napping.  SicK? Nope, don't have time for that.

Thanks again for all your well wishes and support.  Love you guys.  I anticipate some free time coming up soon. I look forward to spending it here.

::smooches and huggses::
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Post by: JewellRavenlock on July 16, 2016, 04:37:40 PM
Thanks for the update <3 We're always here waiting for you!

My mother-in-law (battling a brain tumor for the last 16 years) has a similar attitude of your mom. It makes the world of difference! GO GEM'S PLAYER'S MOM!

She sounds amazing.
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Post by: The Redneck on July 16, 2016, 05:03:27 PM
Your mom is frigging awesome as hells.  

And so are you.

<3  Love you, and miss the hell outta your face.
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Post by: Mesteno on July 16, 2016, 05:09:30 PM
That's two brave, badass women in the same family. Really glad to hear she's doing well, and that she has the kind of attitude helps keep her and those around her upbeat.

Thinking of you as always.
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Post by: Jack Scot on July 16, 2016, 06:12:40 PM
<3
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Post by: Canaan on July 16, 2016, 07:02:59 PM
Much love. Glad to hear things haven't gotten her down and glad to hear we'll be seeing your lovely face soon! <3
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Post by: Lucy Mitford on July 16, 2016, 07:04:42 PM
Sending lots of love and hugs your way. <3
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Post by: Delahada on July 17, 2016, 11:37:25 AM
Frequently thinking of you too. Glad for the update. You are missed around here. Keep up that delightful positivity. <333
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Post by: Gemethyst on July 26, 2016, 12:49:20 PM
Thanks, guys.  All those posts you put up are so great. They make me feel cared about.  You all rock so so so so hard.  Be with you when I can.
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Post by: Pharlen on August 13, 2016, 04:56:06 PM
Dash by!  I haven't been feeling well, so I do apologise for being rather absent.  >.<  The heat isn't agreeing with me so much this year.
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Post by: Pharlen on August 29, 2016, 07:46:35 PM
Bloop!  

And a sad day, as we say goodbye to Gene Wilder.  One of my favorite actors ever.  <3  Take a breath, make a wish, count to three...
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Post by: Pharlen on September 14, 2016, 12:18:16 PM
<3  Gem called, she's working many hours (yay monies) and she and her Mum are doing well, so far so good!
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Post by: Delahada on September 15, 2016, 09:27:10 AM
Yay good news! Thabks for the update, Pharlen. :)

MISS YOUR FACE, GEM!!! <3
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Post by: Gemethyst on September 16, 2016, 10:31:02 PM
Hoookay.  Real life, that tired bitch of a petty tyrant has kept me chained by exhaustion, obligation, sneaky domination, a sort of quiet desperation that rattles my teeth for how hard I try to shake free of it...



::Shakes herself::  Okay, got that off my chest. :Clears throat::

So mom just came through another round of abdominal surgery done this last monday.  Apparently the things lying in our abdomens behind the walls of muscle are sort of like...contents under pressure...and it will seek the weakest point to try and bust through. Which it did.  Mom had what is known as an "incisional hernia" right under the centerline of where they took out half her pancreas, duodenum, etc.   It's okay, it happens they say, about 10 percent of the time.  Surgery went well and she is recovering. It's just that she had to go back into that realm of fear and deep pain that doesn't go away with the medication. No, you have to grit your teeth and bite your through it, eyes narrowed and sweat beading on your brow as you force yourself to walk around and around to get past it.  While  your selfish daughter watches and helps you walk and helps you pull your pants down to piss and other fun things, and secretly wonders if it will ever be over....



Okay, I think I just outed myself there as a bitch of mean caliber.  But I'm so tired of this.  And there she is, so much tougher than I am.

::Flees::
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Andu Kirost on September 17, 2016, 07:29:51 AM
[quote:2cc30feb85="Gemethyst"]
Okay, I think I just outed myself there as a bitch of mean caliber.  But I'm so tired of this.  And there she is, so much tougher than I am.

::Flees::[/quote]

Well....
First things first.   Greetings!  Good to "hear" from ya'!!

Second.  Nope.  No Outing here.  Not merely no, but HELL NO! As the saying goes.

I've not been in "quite" your situation, but close enough to realize you are just venting very real and very human feelings.  And YOU are an angel.  Just a couple years ago, well, a few if you count from the start...  I was  had to watch my mother go from the "Energizer Bunny" style of mom that always thought of everyone else before herself, to a person that fell apart in tears of fear when she couldn't find her way home....   While standing in our front drive, 10 feet from our front door.   Watching a parent in pain or weakness is incredibly hard.  But you are still in there, by her side....  Yep.  That makes you an Angel (with a capital A) in my book.

Best wishes for quick healing and strength for you and your mom.
Andu-mun
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Post by: Gemethyst on September 17, 2016, 08:59:39 AM
Andu mun...wow. That made me cry. The good kind of crying.  Thank you for that, and for sharing some of your own hard stuff.  It helps, man.  Thank you so much.  Off to bed for me now, I work the graveyard shift tonight.  I hope all of you out there are doing well and holding your own in this battle called Life.  Love ya all.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Jack Scot on September 17, 2016, 02:39:17 PM
<3 <3 <3 <3
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Post by: Gemethyst on September 17, 2016, 08:45:34 PM
::Grabs hold of and squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezes the crow (and mun....they don't need to breathe, do they?) before heading off to check on the Mom before workiwork:: MISSES youuuuu!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on October 11, 2016, 09:19:06 PM
Dropping in!  So far, so good.  :3
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Post by: Pharlen on November 04, 2016, 07:50:07 PM
;-) Hello!  It's been a rough few weeks, but we're powering on through.  <3
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Post by: Gemethyst on November 25, 2016, 04:50:14 PM
Keep hanging in there, Pharl!  Things are cautiously okay here. Happy late Thanksgiving to you all!!

::smooches::
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Post by: The Redneck on November 25, 2016, 05:11:29 PM
::Smooches!:: You too!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Jackie Von Tombs on December 19, 2016, 03:02:55 PM
<3  Just talked to Miss Gem, she's busy as a nine tailed cat in a rocker factory, but she's doing better and better.  And calls me to make sure I'm okay, too.  :3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on December 22, 2016, 02:06:21 PM
Yesyesyes, calls to send the lurve over the line. :hugs her some pharlness: And so now it is time to say...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS!
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Post by: Delahada on December 23, 2016, 12:59:45 PM
MERRY CHRISTMAS, GEMMY-PIE! LOVE YOUR FACE! MISS YOU!!!
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Post by: Lirenel on December 23, 2016, 09:35:09 PM
Blessed Christmas, darlings.
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Post by: Gemethyst on January 13, 2017, 10:05:56 AM
Annnnd HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  Know you are loved, people!
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Post by: Pharlen on January 31, 2017, 01:39:59 AM
Quick post drop!  <3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on February 13, 2017, 01:59:08 PM
::Sprawl::  In the last two weeks I've worked 99.75 hours.  I am supposed to be working part time. I don't think their idea of part time and my idea of part time are the same thing.  They need to hire another nurse. They are trying...for the last six months. I think I am making it too easy on them not to find one. Blah.  I hope all of you are doing well.

PHARLEN!!  Go take a nap.  

::Smiles and dashes off::
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Post by: The Redneck on February 19, 2017, 12:32:13 PM
<3  
That's, a whole lotta not-part-time.  Jebus.  

Take care of yourself woman.  

=-D
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Post by: Jackie Von Tombs on March 02, 2017, 12:19:12 PM
Soon!  :D
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Post by: Gemethyst on March 11, 2017, 12:57:18 PM
They have hired two nurses and one travel nurse, the last for one month so the two new ones can get trained. I now have a 3 on, 3 off schedule for the graveyard shift, which is what I wanted. So yaaaaaaaay!  I got to rp on thursday night with the marvelous pharl mun.  I work the next three nights, so I plan on being here tuesday, folks! Boom! Biiiiiiiig Bada Boom!
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Post by: The Redneck on March 11, 2017, 01:02:06 PM
Yay!  Awesome sauce!
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Post by: Pharlen on March 26, 2017, 05:47:54 AM
Still workin' hard!  :D
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Post by: Pharlen on April 13, 2017, 09:43:47 PM
Picture drop!  

(http://i.imgur.com/OccqK8r.jpg)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on May 02, 2017, 01:13:36 AM
Popping back in!  New people were hired, now it's a matter of getting things settled.
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Post by: Gemethyst on May 14, 2017, 03:18:33 PM
OMG. The awesomeness that is you, Pharl of my Heart, is too much to be either truly understood or appropriately appreciated.  You humble me with a picture drop.


Thank you for being my friend.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on June 02, 2017, 06:04:52 PM
*huggem!*  I can't even remember exactly how we met, but I'm sure glad we did.  <3  Love you!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on June 05, 2017, 02:44:59 PM
Same back atcha, sweetheart!  I think it was at the MT, with the whole Paige and Rick team, as such. ::Grin:: Long arse time ago. Lucky me!!! We must play soon!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on June 23, 2017, 02:09:15 AM
Pop!  I don't bring any news, but here I am anyhow.  :)
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Post by: Pharlen on July 07, 2017, 10:15:31 PM
Drive by!  Hope everyone's summer is starting off with a bang!  <3
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Post by: Pharlen on July 20, 2017, 01:07:45 AM
Dropping by!  So far, it's just been hot hot hot.  Hope you're keeping cool if you have to be out in it.  :D
Title: ...And so it goes.
Post by: Gemethyst on July 25, 2017, 06:25:19 AM
...And so it goes.

You all are the ever-present family and friends who live inside my heart and inside my head.  So it has been since 2002 when I discovered this little pocket universe of life and love in the awesome realm of the Red Dragon Inn and the Medeival Tavern, which then lead to other places and other fun times. Times so firmly entrenched in my psyche and in my poor swiss cheese memory that they have every bit as much reality to them as the memories and times of my ?real life? family and friends.

I have spilled to you people more of my dreams, hopes, fears, and other things than I have ever dared or been able to tell or had any desire to tell people in my ?real? life. OOC-wise there has been love, friendship, and hurt far more poignant than anything I have experienced in my real life. (I know how wacko that makes me, yes, thank you, lol).

So what am I driveling on about, hmm?  

Well, just as there are beginnings there are also eventually endings.  In this case, hopefully a long, slow ending rather than fast and quick, but one never knows, eh?  I might even regret hoping for that at some point ahead. So here it is, in short(or too long, however it may seem to you, lol).

The breast cancer I thought I had beaten six years back apparently found some places to hide and sneak into where it began to recreate itself.  After the last two months of multiple and frequent scans, five thoracentesis procedures, and three chest tube experiences, not to mention biopsies deep into my chest, multiple CT?s and Ultrasounds, MRI?s, and a PET scan(after which I was actually radioactive and had to sit in a room for hours), etc, the answers have come back.

I have advanced breast cancer, stage 4, or in other words, Metastisized Breast Cancer (MBC). It has established itself firmly into my left chest wall and pleural space(a thin set of membranes between chest wall and lung) which has been filling up around my left lung for several months now and repeatedly collapsing it.  No wonder I had a hard time catching my breath, eh?  Thus the many thoracentesis procedures which then let my lung open up again, making it easier to breathe, at least until the next time. It has spread to my right hip, which is apparently now a concern for fracturing.  There are spots on my spine and sternum, various lymph nodes, etc. It?s all over the damned place; it hid itself very well. Ninja Cancer, in fact.

Naturally, I have lost my nursing job due to immuno-suppression dangers. My sons and I are moving in with my mother. Together they will help me cope with various daily challenges, like eating and throwing up, heh.  I will be on various treatments via hormones, chemo, radiation, and anything else they can think to throw at me as long as some sign of positive effect is evident. The doctors tell me I have ?a year, possibly 2, 3, or even 5 or ten years, we just won?t know until we see the reactions to the various treatments?.  Apparently MBC is a process of moving from one treatment option to another, until you have blown through them all, and then you just fade away, getting weaker and more frail, until the body can no longer support life.

MBC is ?incurable?. However, I believe the universe and my God are far more expansive and full of inexplicable mysteries than the doctors and their pronouncements.  
I will be here just as long as I am supposed to be, and that length of time is not going to be dictated by founts of knowledge hemmed in by the covers of a book or any old lab tests.
I am not giving in, and I am not giving up, so don?t you guys quit on me, either, okay?


As far as I am concerned, I just got the go ahead to spend guilt-free time writing, playing, and creating with all you lovely souls. While I sail on towards what Dylan Thomas called "that good night", let?s create some more memories and good times to think back on.

Don?t cry for me. Or cry if you must, but write with me.
For the now, play with me, enjoy me, and let me enjoy you, until it is time for my swan song.

I thank you for your love, your friendship, the support you have all been so generous with, and for the invaluable chance to make something with you that will be remembered, at least for a little while.

As ever,
Love to you all.


?Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.?

Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953
Title: Re: ...And so it goes.
Post by: Canaan on July 25, 2017, 09:02:58 AM
[quote:5996b1857d="Gemethyst"]MBC is ?incurable?. However, I believe the universe and my God are far more expansive and full of inexplicable mysteries than the doctors and their pronouncements.[/quote]

I believe this as well. So you rage, girl. Rage hard! I'm going to rage and pray for you, too. Looking forward to having your lovely presence around these parts again <3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mad Knight on July 25, 2017, 10:09:42 AM
I got nothing except a ::Hug::.  Keep your head up, Gem.
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Post by: JewellRavenlock on July 25, 2017, 10:52:44 AM
<3 We are here to enjoy time together AND support you as you fight this.
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Post by: The Redneck on July 25, 2017, 11:10:35 AM
We meet people over the wire, over the air, and even though we may never actually meet them face to face, they come to take up the same spaces in our lives that the people we see everyday, or go have a drink with, or have a meal with do.

We're here lovely, I'm here.  Let's write, let's share, let's choke this s*** with the light and the bright.
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Post by: Claire Gallows on July 25, 2017, 11:58:53 AM
<3
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Post by: Delahada on July 25, 2017, 12:29:40 PM
All the writing for you, my dear. <3
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Post by: Rage and Shadow on July 25, 2017, 01:09:38 PM
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light." It's one of the concepts I believe and have always believed. It's one of the reasons I took this screen name. Keep on fighting, Gem. All the love to ya.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: NorseLady on July 25, 2017, 05:37:59 PM
I've been sitting here just staring at the screen and wondering what to say.

Right now all I have is this. . .

When Words Begin to Fail You

When words begin to fail you,
A simple hug will do
To lighten someone's burden
And give them hope anew.

Heartaches often leave us speechless
With nothing wise to say
Just 'being there' speaks volumes
And friends can save the day.

Tears shared are not as bitter
As teardrops cried alone,
For friendships' soil is fertile
For seeds of kindness sown.

Love can expedite a healing,
And faith can light the way. . .
When words begin to fail you,
God taught us how to pray!

~ Clay Harrison


Hugs, prayers and  +heartu+ !
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Crispin on July 25, 2017, 07:09:50 PM
I'm with Shy on this one.  Words don't seem like enough, and we've got too much distance between us for a real, strong hug to make it.

We're all here, and we will be here.  I love you and look for you every day.  You want words, we'll give you words until you won't know how to read them all, and we'll never, ever, give up on you.

Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Quill on July 25, 2017, 07:54:02 PM
It is not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness -
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

Excerpt from Keats, Ode to a Nightingale.

I do not know you, have only spoken to you once briefly in chat to my knowledge, but my best wishes are extended to you. May you have many summers yet to come.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mesteno on July 25, 2017, 08:51:01 PM
I'm still stumped for adequate words, so I won't try for eloquence.

I'm so ****ing pissed off for you. At it.

You always have my ear. You're always in my thoughts. When you want them, we will make stories, and I will treasure them.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Jack Scot on July 25, 2017, 09:58:13 PM
Gemmie ... <3
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Post by: Darkmere Alcar on July 26, 2017, 03:16:00 AM
We'll always be here for you, Gem. Big love.  +heartu+
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Post by: Tenacity Casely on July 29, 2017, 10:27:47 PM
Who would I be if I was not fashionably late, hm?

Let me start by saying that cancer is a miserable s***. As much as I want to rage on about that, I am sure you have already had those moments, and continuing to rage on them isn't helpful. Neither is the idea of dwelling on some hypothetical time-line, so I'm glad you've already decided to do away with that, too!

Many of us have fallen in love with your character because of her hidden depths, her subtle strength, and her infectious charisma and the luckiest of the bunch have fallen in love with the creator of the little thief. Talking to you outside of RP leaves little question as to where Gem gets all of her best qualities from. Her fierce spirit is just an iota of what you possess --and we all know that your lil' lady can handle anything. You are more force to be reckoned with than even you know and I have no doubt that even if there isn't a 'cure', you're going to put the beat-down on some of those serious odds against you.

You have your real family and this family behind you all the way. Anytime, always always.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Amthyst Oak on July 29, 2017, 11:06:49 PM
I, like so many others, am at a loss for words. I'll be among those crying with you. I've missed you and look forward to writing with you again.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Miranda Bennett on July 30, 2017, 06:11:02 PM
I don't generally keep up with the boards too much, so I'm a little late in reading this. I, too, am at a loss for words and unsure what to say, except to echo what others here have already said.

Even though we may not know each other well or at all, we are all part of this community that is known as DM and we are all keeping you in our thoughts and wishing you the best.

Take care of yourself and let your family and friends take care of you, too. I wish you strength and courage and, most of all, hope as you fight the toughest battle of your life. *hugs*
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on August 03, 2017, 09:33:14 PM
You know I'm here.  <3  I love you.
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Post by: PrlUnicorn on August 04, 2017, 09:27:48 AM
I haven't been keeping up on my board reading as life has tossed curve balls at me.

I'm stunned, Gem. The phrase "I'm sorry" doesn't even begin to express it. There have been good times, sad times, and crazy times. Fight the good fight, grab every thread of lifeforce that you can and don't let go. I wish you love and strength. I wish your sons and mother courage as they support you from day to day.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gemethyst on August 06, 2017, 08:25:40 AM
I have been reading your responses and taking great comfort and strength from them. I might have leaked from the eyes a wee bit, too.  Thank you all, again. You folks are so important to me; I can't express it properly.  

I was up all night thinking and reading. Couldn't sleep for the life of me, heh.  I was able to flesh out another bit of thiefly tidbits and so will have a post on here today, God willing and if the river don't rise, as they say in this neck of the woods. Or sagebrush, rather.  Can you believe that summer is 2/3's over with???

Time is flying.

Up the Craft!
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Post by: KhaoticBliss on August 06, 2017, 01:22:13 PM
We don't know each other at all, but many people I hold in high regard, regard you highly in kind.

So I'm here. Cancer sucks, but you seem like a fierce lady, and the human will to overcome is staggering. Adding my voice to the many -- whatever you want or need, words, support, rage, light -- it's here for you.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: FinMack on August 06, 2017, 01:22:13 PM
We didn't write together for very long, but you and Gem left an impression of kindness and warmth on me and my character.

Your attitude about it all is inspiring.  Hold on to that hope, I sure will.
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Post by: Luna Eva on August 07, 2017, 03:31:21 PM
Gem, I am sending healing thoughts to you and holding you and your family in my heart.
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Post by: Pharlen on August 23, 2017, 02:08:56 AM
She's still a bit too tired for the chats, but soon!
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Post by: Pharlen on September 07, 2017, 02:17:36 PM
Just dropping by again and sending Loves.  :3  <3
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Post by: Pharlen on September 17, 2017, 11:53:15 PM
Gem's not by the fires.  O.O  And sends love.  <3
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Post by: Pharlen on October 12, 2017, 06:52:41 PM
This is where I ask everyone to keep a happy thought for Gem.  Hard patches are hard.
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Post by: Mesteno on October 13, 2017, 05:16:28 PM
In case you happen by Gem,  <3
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Post by: The Redneck on October 13, 2017, 06:15:02 PM
<3
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Post by: Desdenova VonTombs on November 01, 2017, 12:40:29 PM
She's out of the hospital for now, and is home, but weak.  And of course, love is sent!  :3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Alain DeMuer on November 01, 2017, 12:46:23 PM
I've been thinking about you, Gem, and I'm rooting for you. <3 And thank you for the update, Des.
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Post by: Claire Gallows on November 01, 2017, 02:53:06 PM
Sending continued good juju Gem's way <3
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Post by: Technomachia on November 01, 2017, 07:07:37 PM
Lighting candles and sending all the positive energy I can your way, my dear.
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Post by: Mad Knight on November 02, 2017, 12:26:19 AM
Keep it easy, Gem.  We're thinking of you.
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Post by: Pharlen on November 15, 2017, 12:41:19 PM
Just dropping in another Gemdate.  :D  

She is clumsy (she's okay!), and sends her love.  

Now I need to get her to change over from AIM to Trillian.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Quill on November 15, 2017, 05:50:41 PM
Good to know. That she is clumsy, that is! Best of wishes extended.
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Post by: Pharlen on December 07, 2017, 02:04:18 PM
Dropping in another post.  :)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on January 01, 2018, 06:47:00 PM
Best of the holiday wishes!  ...I was supposed to post this sooner.  I'm lame.  :3
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Post by: Pharlen on January 12, 2018, 07:47:17 PM
Gem's player sends her well wishes and love.  She's moved to a care facility, so no wifi for now.  Hopefully soon.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on January 27, 2018, 02:03:44 PM
Texting Gem's player via Facebook results in a fifty fifty chance that she'll accidentally call over your computer.  ;D
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Post by: Pharlen on February 12, 2018, 07:47:29 PM
Talked to Gem's player this morning.  She's doing about as well as she can be.  Feisty and sparring with the nurses over taking her pain medications.  They brought over her hospital bed, so no bed sores.  

And of course sends her love.  :)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: JewellRavenlock on February 12, 2018, 08:13:29 PM
<3 Give her ALL our love!
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Post by: Canaan on February 12, 2018, 08:51:01 PM
[quote:065707bcc3="JewellRavenlock"]<3 Give her ALL our love![/quote]


Yes! All of it~
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on March 04, 2018, 01:41:35 PM
A volunteer helped Gem's player clean up her computer.  The center's handyman will have it fixed soon.  

And they still don't have wifi!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on March 15, 2018, 09:51:32 PM
Update:  Clumsiness equals thunk to the head.  >.<  But Gem's player's okay, all things being equal.  Her computer is fixed!  Today was her birthday, too.  And she's managed to beat the doctor's prognosis.  Hopefully, that'll continue.

Turns out they have one of those whirlpool baths at the VA hospice, I told her to abuse that bad boy.  :D
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Icer1978 on March 16, 2018, 11:00:58 AM
Glad to hear she's ok, and Happy belated!
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Post by: Delahada on March 16, 2018, 05:17:45 PM
Oops! Happy belated birthday, Gemmie-pie! We miss you!
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Post by: Mairead Harker on March 18, 2018, 01:37:19 AM
Happy belated birthday, Gem!  Keep fighting!
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Post by: Victor Walsh on March 18, 2018, 02:04:51 AM
Happy Belated birthday! Keep fighting!
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Post by: Cianan on March 26, 2018, 09:32:31 PM
Aw man. I'm super late to this.

I'm so sorry, and I'm so mad at it.

Keep kicking it's ass.  I know you are.

Miss you bunches!
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Post by: Pharlen on April 11, 2018, 11:18:53 PM
Just dropping in a post.  :3
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Post by: Desdenova VonTombs on May 04, 2018, 03:31:35 PM
Another post drop and update.  Gemdate?  :D  Fact: it's fun calling her when she's trying to take a nap.  (She'll get me for this!)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on May 22, 2018, 03:29:52 PM
Gemdate!  Well, I'm going to call her later today.  She's managing to keep on, and she's thinking of everyone.  :)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Noira on May 22, 2018, 04:16:42 PM
If you can, let her know I'm thinking of her, too! <3
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Post by: Mesteno on May 22, 2018, 07:41:23 PM
Let her know I said hi, if you haven't already spoken to her!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on June 18, 2018, 04:10:28 PM
Sometimes, talking with Gem is a bit of an out of body and mind experience, but since I am also the conversational equivalent of a puppy in a kitten factory, we get on just fine.  :3  

But I don't have the pies, and now I want one.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on June 29, 2018, 12:07:52 PM
Mest: She's not ignoring you, she's just not been up to texting.  She's fine.  

Also, I am fine, I just tend to forget to turn Discord on.  :D  

<3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mad Knight on June 30, 2018, 12:12:46 AM
Love her for us.  Fill her heart with love.  She'll be here forever.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on July 17, 2018, 03:57:29 PM
Well!  That was a little scary.  They had Gem in to do some dental work, but it all went well.  She's learning to knit!  And apparently taught a service dog it should climb onto beds.  :D  So, yeah, still making trouble.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on August 13, 2018, 04:02:37 PM
You know, I almost forgot about this.  A few years ago, over on Greater Realms, someone started the coolest thread "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes", where you picked someone else's character and wrote a post for them, either cannon or non cannon.  

I'd just gotten a few crinoline models for my 3D program, and what suits big poofy skirts better than big hooters?  Also, I am an off and on Civil War buff, so...  This happened:  

Singing Sisters (http://greaterrealms.us/index.php?topic=558.msg3404#msg3404)  

There is a wee tiny bit of digital nudity.  Ye be fairly warned, says I.  

Spoke to Gemmy mun last week, and well, she says hi and sends her love.  She knows you're all thinking of her.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gypsy Lore on September 11, 2018, 01:50:06 PM
I hope you are doing well Gem. <3

Hearts, thoughts, & prayers.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: The Redneck on September 20, 2018, 12:02:36 PM
I loved Singing Sisters!  And the Walk A Mile thread.  <3 Gem!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on October 03, 2018, 07:36:31 PM
No News, but Love all around.  :3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mallory on October 03, 2018, 11:24:33 PM
<3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on October 10, 2018, 06:36:12 PM
HOLY CATS.  

My old friends, my new friends, people I don't know.  

I just got off the phone with Gem's player.  They're sending her home (or really, she'll be moving in with an old friend of her).  Because she's too healthy to be in full care now.  

The cancer is still there, but it's stopped.  The prognosis is still terminal.  But.  They had done some experimental treatments that seem to have at least given her more time.  And better health.  

And because it's Gem, she's actually a little embarrassed.  Like I told her, don't even be, this is the most wonderful thing I've heard in a while.  

SO.  WOW.  

I don't even know what else to say other than she giggled about Pharlen being governor.  

<3  Wow.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Quill on October 10, 2018, 06:42:29 PM
Wonderful news. And screw embarrassment - tell her to be proud of how tough she is, instead! She's proving that even the worst things can be chewed up and spit out, and that the doctors aren't always right - tenacity and perseverance can still overcome the odds, no matter how stacked they are. Thee's nothing to be embarrassed about, when she's giving other people a little more hope.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: The Redneck on October 10, 2018, 11:27:46 PM
That is absolutely fantastic news!!!!
I'm so damn happy hearing this!!!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Claire Gallows on October 11, 2018, 10:19:49 AM
What a freaking badass, this is amazing news! So glad to hear it <3
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on November 04, 2018, 03:13:26 PM
I need to get a call in and see how things are going!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on December 03, 2018, 03:10:58 AM
I did get a call last month, Gem's moved in with her friends, and she's in the process of changing over phones.  So, I suspect she forgot about the voice mail call thing when I called today.  I'll keep working on it!  :D
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on December 16, 2018, 03:34:12 PM
I just called Gem's player, and let her know the sad news about Jack Scott.  She scolded, 'I was supposed to go first'.  But I said the player will be there to meet her.  

She thanked everyone who's thinking of her, and laughed at me because I'm so bad with names.  But I was smart enough to look at logs!
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on January 08, 2019, 08:34:37 PM
My older son and I got to meet Gem's player.  She's looking much better than she had, I think.  She's in a very nice care facility and is surrounded by friends and family.  We are in her thoughts!  But currently, her computer is down while they work out where to put it.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Sabine on January 13, 2019, 02:07:45 AM
Thank you for all the wonderful stories Gem. We love and miss you.

RIP
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: PrlUnicorn on January 13, 2019, 02:54:11 AM
RIP Gem, you were and are missed. You have been a firework lighting up the darkness. While you're on the other side, I hope you meet up with Jack's player and have a grand old time together.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Darkmere Alcar on January 13, 2019, 03:12:50 AM
RIP Gem. Wish we could have gotten to know each other better over the years. You will be missed. I always enjoyed your stories.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Mesteno on January 13, 2019, 07:20:55 AM
Thank you, Gem. For all the laughs, all the stories, for fifteen years of friendship. I hope your faith is rewarded in the big what-comes-after.

You won't be forgotten.
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Pharlen on January 13, 2019, 01:47:59 PM
This day was coming, I knew, but I still wasn't ready.  But here we are.  

Gemethyst was Shannon's light and love, playing and writing for her helped her work though some of the hardest things life had thrown at her.  Gemethyst's adventures helped bring joy and perspective to Shannon's life.  She told me that playing and writing for Gem was her "treat" after having her chores and work done.  

Everyone she played with, she cared about so very much.  She appreciated them.  (Especially the villains!)  It meant the world to her when people enjoyed her and Gem and their stories.  

We talked a lot about what would become of Gemethyst and her kids, and Shannon was determined that Gem would live Happily Ever After with her children and loves.  We just never figured out how that would happen.  

Shannon didn't want me or anyone working that up or writing it if she couldn't, and decided that if she couldn't write it, then it would just be she was Living Happily Ever After with the kids and her loves.  

But, if someone wants to include Gem in their writing, she was fine with that.  Talking about or bringing her to an event, that sort of thing.  

I said would she have her wings back, and she said of course.  This is Gem's happily ever after, and for Gem to be happily ever after, she'd still be getting into mischief and playing tag with Jack and Benjamin and Lirenel, and she'd still be getting into trouble with Pharlen and Shan and Mesteno and Crispin and well, everyone she loved.  

I told her I knew Jack's player would be waiting for her, and I told her that she'd worn out so many guardian angels that she was going to be one.  And she laughed.  

My dear friend has gone on before us.  We will remember.  This folder will remain as long as it is needed, and then join the catacombs.  But we will remember.  

All of my love.  

  (https://i.imgur.com/5SGTO8b.jpg)
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Wolvinator on January 13, 2019, 04:51:43 PM
Gem, we had some fantastic play together. You were always awesome, eager to story tell and so easy going. It was an absolutely pleasure to have known you. As a fellow veteran I will wish you "fair winds and following seas". May the wind be forever at your back.

-Wolvie
Title: Re: The Treasure Chest: OOC
Post by: Gypsy Lore on March 01, 2019, 01:28:15 PM
I've heard via another source but ... damn.

Thank you Gem for all the times you tolerated me. I'll miss the laughs and hijinks! Whenever I had a bad day, logged in, and you were there? You always managed to make me smile and forget my momentary troubles.

You are a most treasured friend.

Rest now luv, we'll miss the hell out of you.