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Nov. 29th, 2012

My father has been transferred to a rehabilitation center, which is mandatory for stroke victims before they can come home. He’s still got a way to go, but he’s talking in complete sentences and is even swallowing a bit of liquids – he couldn’t swallow at all for most of the time he was in the hospital, and had to have a feeding tube put in.

It’s huge sigh of relief time. At one point, I had resigned myself to the possibility that he might not make it. Now, it looks like we could have him home for Christmas.

Overall, the last 12-14 months have been, for me, what you might call “challenging times” – starting with nearly getting fired last fall due to my old manager (who got shifted out of my department, thank God). It continued with every con I went to this year being ruined by friends at each other’s throats, Hurricane Sandy, and then my father’s stroke – coupled with my continuing efforts to get a better job going nowhere.

What kept my spirits up through all of it – and this is going to sound like a cliché, but it’s true – has been my fandoms and the friends I’ve made through them. Fangirling has real therapeutic qualities, whether it takes the form of writing fanfiction (I am very thankful for the GazettE Kink Meme, which came around just as the doo-doo really hit the fan this fall), collective squeeing in a chat room, meeting people in person who had previously been names on a screen (one of my highlights of the year has been getting to know aleksiina_26 and then meeting her in person in Montreal), or even just discovering previously unseen pictures of your bias on Tumblr.

So, all of you reading this? Thank you. You’ve had a hand in helping hold me together when everything seemed to be falling apart. (And if I ever meet Alice Nine and/or the GazettE, I intend to thank them as well – even though my efforts at Japanese would probably come out sounding as bad to them as Ruklish sounds to us. ~_^)


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Nov. 29th, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Fangirling is stupid for most people, but it does help us get through the hardest times. I hope things are going to be okay and better on your end and... I think you're a very strong person, going all through these things and still have a positive disposition. :)
Nov. 29th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that your father's getting better.

I really wish for all the best for you and your family! (:
Nov. 29th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Stay strong <3 you can make it!
Dec. 2nd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to read your dad's doing better. ♥ I've seen strokes end worse, so that's definitely a relief. I hope next year will be much better for you.

And I completely get what you mean about fangirling. It can help.
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