Dearest Friends, Family & Supporters,
First, please allow me to thank you for taking the time, for impacting my life in the most wonderful ways, and for being the rocks on which our communities continue to love, nurture, and grow. As individuals as well as collectives, you are all inspirations, and I am blessed to know you...as this world needs you. And now more than ever, I need you, too.
I write to you now because I truly need help, and a sizeable share of it. As most of you know, I've recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer, and am preparing to begin treatment in the very near future. My physicians at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance & Bastyr Medical Center are very confident that I'll be treated successfully, thank The Heavens. Though I have a lot of work ahead, and a great many expenses to match, which include yet are not limited to: chemotherapy, radiation, two surgeries, natural remedies, and more.
I would say that I hate asking, yet now is not a time for my pride, as I traverse this course for my very life. It's going to take a village of support and resources to see me through to good health again...which will happen (I Can. I Will. And I Am.) Yet I just can't do it alone, nor would I choose to. Also, my minimally federally-funded health insurance has already been stretched thin with diagnoses procedures, consultations, naturopathic prescriptions, and examinations, etc. Plus, between my cancer, its' upcoming treatment, and my also recent hand surgery, I've been unable to work fully for some time and will also require ample days to mend and acclimate to some lifestyle changes. So, please understand my urgency...for it is exactly that. Long story longer, this shit is very, very expensive, and I need to raise a lot of money, and soon!
So now, I humbly ask you all for whatever help you feel is right to offer, as I begin my healing and give it everything that I've got and more...which begins in June and doesn't stop there.
Again, thank you all for being the lighthouses in our community...and the World At Large. Thank you, also, for being the life-lines on my journey...past, present and future. And thank you for allowing me to try my best...to create something beautiful from this oh-so cathartic process...in the hopes that others might also benefit. For this reason as well as my continued wellness, I promise to try with all my might.
So I ask you now, to please help me heal my body - as you've already filled and healed my heart...and you've already blessed my soul.
From the deepest core of my very essence of life thus far, I thank you, I appreciate you, and I love you...without condition, nor expectation. I thank you for being a light in the dark. I thank you for doing whatever you can. And I give my solemn vow to continue to help make this world a safer, brighter, and kinder place...in whatever ways that I am able...so long as my life beats...be it weak or strong.
In utmost love, sincerity and gratitude,
Michael Anton Tippett
Aka "Ma Tea-Pot"
Aka "Anton Bomb"