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I meant to do this the other day and allowed myself to be completely sidetracked, then forgot! Doh! Such a bad case of internet-brain... especially as I’m really excited to share this with you!
My story is called Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness, and here’s a line to hopefully tempt y’all to subscribe to the book:

Mists SPN short stories teaser-1
Check out the #seasons teasers tag on twitter and tumblr to read more lines from all the other fabulous authors. You can find out more about the project, which hopes to raise lots of money for charity, HERE!
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As part of GISHWHES (the best part really, in my view), all teams have been asked to help fundraise for Syrian refugee families in dire straits.
I don't care which team you donate under, or if you donate via Random Acts, but if you have a few dollars spare, this is the best of causes.

It's a sad, sorry world, so let's make it a little bit better for someone, hey?

HERE's the link to my Team's page. If you can't afford to give anything, please spread the word.

THANK YOU!

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Posting this here because a) some of you might want to put a bit of dosh in the pot too; b) look at that cute little smile! and c) they gave me the html code, so I may as well use it, right? :D
Chris Hemsworth Charitable Donation Fan Badge
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A long, long time ago, there was a charity auction and expectative (poor bugger) won some porny art from me. He kindly said he was happy with not so explicit porn, and cute was ok, but in spite of his user-name and tag line. I don't think he anticipated waiting so long for me to do anything at all!!  So sorry it's taken me forever, Tom! (Oh and tifaching, I haven't forgotten I owe you too!)
Teaser
-tom Sam'n'Dean tease
Anyhow, here it is, the finished article. I hope you like it.Large NSFW images under the cut )
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balder12 won one of my offerings in the fanworksauction auction for sylsdarkplace - and by the way it is not too late to donate even though the auction is now over. So balder asked for some art to accompany this rather beautiful story, and I was happy to oblige. Everyone is Trying to Get to the Bar has some wonderfully descriptive passages, with amazing imagery about Castiel's true form, and the nature of Heaven once you get outside of the human regions, and I thought I'd give one particular scene a go.


Initially I liked what I'd done, but now I'm not sure I'm happy with any of it! So I've stopped fiddling and will let you judge. And read the story, if you haven't already!

large images under the cut )

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Edited to say you can find my offerings here: Art and Fic.  If you'd like something else art-wise, let me know and I can put a different thread up.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] waltzmatildah at [nepal] earthquake | BUY IT NOW fundraiser
As most of you have probably become aware, Nepal has been devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. With over 1800 people already believed to have perished, and infrastructure and housing largely demolished in many areas, [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid is launching a new campaign to support fundraising efforts. This fundraiser will only feature the BUY IT NOW (and related) options. There will be NO auction option at this stage.







FIRST COME FIRST SERVED WITH DONATIONS TO BE MADE IMMEDIATELY.

Authors/Artists | Sign up with a reply to this entry using the form below (if you want to offer multiple work types, ie. fic, icons, fanmixes, craft, jewellery, other items, please sign up separately for each).







Donors | Claim your author/artist and make your donation to an approved organisation immediately. Remove any identifying information and send confirmation through to waltzmatildah[at]gmail.com
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] bflyw at CVS AWARENESS DAY



CVSA
bamse Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is an unexplained functional disorder that is most often is seen in children but can occur in all ages. The condition is characterized by recurrent, prolonged attacks of severe nausea, violent vomiting (6-8 times an hour), and prostration with no apparent cause. Some may experience severe abdominal pain.

These attacks happen in cycles which can occur several times a month. Many sufferers have daily symptoms of nausea, vomiting and pain between attacks.


Not much is known about CVS and there is no cure.

CVS typically develops during childhood, between the ages of 3 and 7. Although it often burn out during adolescence, it can persist into adulthood.


Why do we need an awareness day for CVS?

CVS is unknown to most healthcare professionals and patients often don’t get the help they need. It is extremely under-diagnosed, and there is typically over a two and a half year delay for correct diagnosis after the symptoms begin. It is not uncommon to hear of patients going undiagnosed for 12 – 15 years.

CVS patients often describe being denied help in ER and being flagged as drug-seekers. There have been cases of parents being accused of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, where the child was actually suffering from CVS.
voksen



THE EPISODES

There are several conditions that may cause recurrent vomiting. In most cases however, CVS can be differentiated from the others by three main features: paroxysmal (sudden onset), stereotypical episodes, and periods of wellness in-between.


Paroxysmal (sudden onset)
Most patents with CVS feel fairly well, until struck by a sudden attack of nausea, which usually progresses to vomiting. The nausea and vomiting often start in the morning, and can even wake the patient from sleep.


Stereotypical episodes
Steriotypical episodes means that each vomiting attack resembles similar episodes they’ve had previously.


CVS is characterized by recurrent, prolonged attacks of severe nausea and rapid fire vomiting that occurs once every 5-10 minutes and lasts for hours. Most often the attacks last between 8 and 24 hours. However, for some patients, attacks can be as brief as 1-2 hours, and for some, it can last up to 10 days. On average, a CVS patient endures 24 to 48 hour long episodes of explosive vomiting associated with continuous nausea. The nausea does not abate after vomiting.


The person is often pale, listless, and resists talking. They may drool or spit and have extreme thirst. They may experience intense abdominal pain, and less often experience headaches, low-grade fever, and diarrhea. Prolonged vomiting may cause mild bleeding from irritation of the esophagus.


The symptoms can be life threatening due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. CVS can create the need for intense medical intervention. It is 81% likely that a child with CVS will need IV hydration — 75 times higher than with stomach flu (rotavirus gastroenteritis).


Self-limited episodes

The episodes are self-limited with return of normal health between episodes.
Most patients feel completely healthy between episodes. After the episode resolves, the affected patient often returns to their “normal self” within a few hours, and starts drinking and eating normally. While the period of wellness between episodes typically lasts between 1 and 3 months, some patients may have more frequent episodes (every 1-3 weeks), while others may only have an episode every 6 – 12 months.


OCCURENCE

CVS may begin at any age. It can persist for months, years, or even decades. Females are affected slightly more often than males. The person may be prone to motion sickness, and there is often a family history of migraines. There is a high likelihood that childrens’ episodes will be replaced by migraine headaches during adolescence.


DIAGNOSIS

CVS is difficult to diagnose because it is not frequently recognized, and is often incorrectly identified as stomach flu or food poisoning. Currently, there are no blood tests, x-rays, or other specific procedures that can be used to diagnose the disorder. A diagnosis may be made by careful review of the patient’s history, a physical examination, and lab studies to rule out other diseases.


Multiple specialists are often consulted for diagnosis and treatment, yet it is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed as stomach flu, acid reflux, or something psychological in origin. On average, and there is typically over a two and a half year delay for correct diagnosis after the symptoms begin. It is not uncommon to hear of patients going undiagnosed for 12 – 15 years.


TREATMENT

Treatment is generally supportive, with an emphasis on early intervention. A dark, quiet environment is critical for sleep. Hospitalization and IV fluid replacement may be necessary. Medication trials often succeed in something to prevent, shorten, or abort episodes. Links are being made between CVS and mitochondrial diseases along with the use of CoQ10, L-carnitine and other supplements.






WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
You can share this post and help spread the awareness, you can help fund research by donating directly to CVSA or you can donate to CVSA every time you shop at Amazon


Click on to http://smile.amazon.com/ every time you shop, and set Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome as your charity to give to. Amazon gives 0.5% of the total to CVSA.

The Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association (CVSA) serves the needs of cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS) sufferers, their families and professional care givers by raising awareness and providing education and support to those affected by cyclic vomiting, abdominal migraine and related disorders while advocating for and funding research.
Established in 1993, CVSA has grown from a handful of interested parents and professionals, into a network that includes over 40 medical advisors and volunteers serving in the U.S. and Canada, as well as over 30 other countries worldwide.
The association’s primary focus is working toward a cure, through the support of several promising research initiatives, and supporting its members by strengthening communications and offering a wide range of resources for education and support.

http://cvsaonline.org/

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This was an auction fill -one of the prompts harrigan gave me was Sam with a sling (after seeing all the pics of Jared and his Master Chau injury). I've added some bonus hurt!Dean because I had to - our boys have been in the wars, methinks.
I've done a few changes to the first draft that I hope fulfil the criteria - Sam is supposed to be sitting down while Dean sorts out his sling, and maybe stitches him up too, though it looks like Dean might need a bit of attention as well.
Teaser

Main pic
Large pic under the cut! )
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So cordelia_gray prompted me thusly: a long time ago de_nugis wrote me a birthday fic about Sam and Dean settling down with Sam still damaged by the Wall in his head, and Dean gets drunk one night and picks a fight with some Canada geese in a park. And I would love so much to have art for it.
Your wish is my command...

And what a joy this was - one of my favourite authors and favourite ficlets - it's hard to say what was a bigger treat for whom!
Teaser #1

Teaser #2

Large NSFW image under the cut )
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Tomorrow is a fundraiser for the fight against cystic fibrosis and the plea is to take a selfie wearing something yellow - yay! a Yelfie!

So here's mine a tad early as I have to go to London on an early train tomorrow for a work meeting, and won't have time to post before I go. Also I can't wear my one and only yellow piece of clothing for the meeting because, guess what, it's an SPN shirt! LOL

So anyhow, if you are UK-based and in the mood, donations are by tweeting #CFyelfie and texting 'CFYL14' £3/£5/£10 to 70070.

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