Wellness for Wolffy

For: Eva van Loon (aka Wolffy)
Powell River, BC, Canada
Organizer: Katje van Loon
Wellness for Wolffy (Eva van Loon (aka Wolffy))
$3,073
of $8,000 goal.
Raised by 7 donors
38% Complete

The Story

Wolffy still needs help!        

March 6, Wolffy, a.k.a. Eva van Loon, was feeling fine, wearing several of her hats as friend, writer, publisher, cognition therapist, wolfdog lover and PR's "Peace-Poem lady".

March 7, Wolffy spent 6 hours immobilized on a hospital gurney, unable to sit up. The following months found her bed-ridden, too weak to open the fridge, walk the wolfdog or squeegee the shower. Or work, leaving her a monthly pension of $947 (now $948!).

Diagnosis began with “polymyalgia rheumatica”—6 months later, she’s still waiting for tests to confirm whether the anemia, blood loss, pain and weakness mean lymphoma, cancer tumors, Hashimoto’s, Cushing’s, lupus or something else.

Wolffy is putting together her medical team, while refusing prednisone and taking dozens of natural treatments daily. It’s working! Recently a clerk processing her passport application noted she looked younger than in the old passport picture—and this is true! She has quelled a lot of symptoms but needs to pay for several serious therapies as soon as possible. I'm all for that—Wolffy’s my mom. I don't get another one of those! (“Me, either,” says our dog. “Best Pack Leader ever!”)

This illness has put the brakes on Mom's writing. Your donation will help her produce two helpful new books—with some answers to the mystery of auto-immune illness and why so many of us are diagnosed with these diseases without a cause.

Thanks for reading this! If you want to help Wolffy, you can check out her blog and give her feedback. She's writing about her illness and her life as much as she's able.

You can also make a donation here, at our YouCaring Page. We really appreciate all the help given us over the past few months, and wouldn't have gotten as far as we have without your kindness and generosity.

If you're in the neighborhood (i.e., southwest BC), you can make a donation at this page and pick your perk. Wolffy's accumulated some interesting stuff over the years and most of it is looking for a new owner.

You can buy Wolffy's books at Kat & Wolff. Yup, there are nine of them, the nonfiction under her legal name and the novels and poetry under Kaimana Wolff. Two volumes of her trilogy are out: Broken Sleep, set in Vancouver in 1995, and La Chiripa, set in 2000 in Guatemala. Readers will want Wolffy to survive at least long enough to write the last novel, Pale Criminal, so that at last they will know what happens to Alma and Pira, and whether there is any hope of redemption for everybody's favorite psychopath, Matt Wayne. (Seriously, I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the 3rd book.)

You can also purchase any of my books (Bellica, The Jade Star of Athering, Stranger Skies, or glasstown) from Kat & Wolff and the proceeds will go towards Wellness For Wolffy. Also, during the course of this fundraiser, if you enter in the code Wellness4Wolffy during checkout you'll get 10% off your entire purchase.

XOXO,
-Kat

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 28, 2015

Posted on November 28, 2015

We're still alive!

Holy wow, I know it's been a long time since I updated this page and I am so sorry for that. Mom and I got totally swept up in planning my wedding and pulling it off and it kinda took up all of our spoons. (You can read about spoon theory here!) Today is the first day in months I feel actually rested after sleeping.

The good news is Mom is feeling somewhat better! The treatment program she's put together is working, even if we still don't really know what's going on, and even if she is still pretty sick. She was well enough to walk me down the aisle at my wedding and to be a life of the party at the reception -- I've uploaded some wedding photos to the photo section so you can see!

(Also, yes, I got married. *flings confetti about*)

Another thing is that I updated the main text regarding the fundraiser a little bit -- tightened it, made it shorter. Not much has changed; we're still in need of donations, or book sales, and the Wellness4Wolffy code still will give you 10% off your entire ebook purchase at Kat & Wolff (and only at Kat & Wolff). There is also still the perks page you can check out if you're local to us, or know someone who is.

That's the news. Hope you all are well, and will try to keep updating this thing way more often than I have been!

~Katje

Posted on July 28, 2015

Posted on July 28, 2015

Hey everyone! Time for another update!

The big thing is that I finally got the perks up on the Wellness 4 Wolffy Perks Page! So if you're local, please go check it out and see if anything strikes your fancy. We got lots of cool stuff up for grabs.

As far as health news goes...basically we still don't really have a firm diagnosis of anything. We have some ideas as to what's going on; ideas that seem to be pointing to Sjogren's Syndrome and possibly lymphoma. Scary stuff!

In the meantime, my mom Wolffy is still not doing that great. I was able to visit her for a week at the beginning of the month and helped her out as much as I could, but now I have to stay here in Vancouver and work at my job to try and keep us afloat, though honestly that's going to be really hard if we can't scrounge up the money to pay my car insurance. Wolffy is still not doing well enough to work enough to keep us afloat, and if it weren't for some very generous offline donations we wouldn't have survived the last 2 months.

She's still writing blog posts about her condition and we've upped the frequency to 3x a week. So look for posts on her blog on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Today's post, Blame, can be read here.

Basically, we're really struggling here, which is why it's been so long for me to post an update. I've just been working as hard as I can to keep things together.

So, please, if you haven't already, please share this far and wide. And don't forget, we're running that special on our ebooks at our Kat & Wolff store. Enter in the code Wellness4Wolffy, get 10% off your order. Introduce a friend to our books if you've read them all already!

Thanks for sticking with us. You're the best .

Xoxo
Katje

Posted on June 10, 2015

Posted on June 10, 2015

Hey everyone! Time for another update.

We waited and waited and waited till June 9th and the endoscopies, and the results are...wait another 2 weeks. Sigh. In 10 days (hopefully) we will have results from the lab in Vancouver, and then actually know what's going on. On the plus side, Wolffy hasn't lost her sense of humour -- she made the hospital staff roll on the floor in laughter.

In the meantime, keep sharing and talking about the campaign, and keep reading Wolffy's blog! Her latest post, Knee-Jerk Response, is up, and tomorrow there'll be a new one for y'all.

That's all the news for now. I'll have another update for y'all in a few days with more info. Thank you all so much for your continued love and support!

XOXO
-Katje

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