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As the title suggests, I have been busy recently lately if you couldn't already tell from my recent inactivity.  Over the summer I was working full time at a local organic cosmetic's factory and that took away all my energy.  I'm back in school now, taking Spanish, Economics, and Psychology this semester.

Hopefully after I'm finished with my Christmas shopping this year I'll have enough left over for premium service on here again. :)
Edit: Thank you so much anonymous person for the premium service!! ; u; <3

Anyway. Sorry I haven't been in touch, but I will try to catch up on messages soon.

-Mysticalpchan
  • Listening to: Pandora

Meme's.....? o_o

Journal Entry: Sat May 4, 2013, 1:55 AM

Well it's SOMETHING at least

As some people may know, I'm rather... slow on the update process on here (but I do check my messages almost daily).  My buddy :iconloominate: has instructed that I do these meme's. I won't tag people though because I'm self-centered like that... or merciful on anyone I might have tagged... so you're welcome. :D

foxdemon2431's meme questions

1. Do you think I should rewrite my story Graffiti?

   I'm afraid to say that I do not know of your series, but if you're having doubts then maybe experiment to see what works for you?

2. You like my art?

   Some of it is a little random (I live in a glass house, I know). However, if you drew COM Luna by Risa1, I like this style quite a bit. =)

3. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

   I like that emote... it makes me a little sad that I cannot make those symbols on my laptop though unless I copy+paste.

4. If you could have anything in the world, what would you have?

   That is a hard question.... any"thing" implies an object so... perhaps a fully paid cabin on a clean lake for my mom? She has always dreamed of having one.

5. Are you awesome?

   Too subjective when you use the slang definition. Do I think I am "awesome" using the dictionary definition? No, not in the slightest.

6. What's your favorite artwork?

   I do not have a particular artwork that I love the most.  It's like asking what my favorite movie is; there are a lot that I like, but equally.

7. Do you like anime?

   I do. I like the "older" series however, such as Yu yu Hakusho, original Hunter x Hunter, Inuyasha, DB, etc.  I have tried to watch some of the newer series these days but for the most part it seems that they either: a) Are too cheesy and stereotypically lacking substance, or b) The animators decided to make up their own ending because they didn't want to do a second season.  Nothing is more depressing than reading a great series and to anticipate the animated release only to have it break your heart since they messed it up (and then the people who ONLY watch the anime say it was amazing... which makes me rage a little if you couldn't tell). For example... Fruits Basket, Inuyasha (before the fans complained and they redid it), Tsubasa R. Chronicles, and Kamisama Hajimemashita. <//3 These days I really have troubles watching anime in fear of it happening to another good series.

   I think the one exception of something I watched recently (it was an animated movie, rather than an anime series), based off of a manga that ACTUALLY followed the manga to a T and perhaps is even better than it was: Ookami Kodomo no Ame. Definitely worth watching. www.gogoanime.com/ookami-kodom…

8: RAWR!!!???

   Rawr yourself sir... ma'am.... person. >:O

9: DO you read creepypasta?

   Isn't he that guy who did that video on the lost episode of Hetalia that grossly detailed a cannibalistic murder plot on Italy?

10. Do you like pokemon or digimon best?

   Poke'mon. Digimon is such a ripoff. >:

jennycah's meme questions


1: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

   I'm torn about this. Japan looks like such a beautiful place to be but I don't understand the language. Murren, Switzerland was beyond gorgeous and the people are nice and speak English.  However, because of the altitude it was really difficult to move around and would take a long time to go down the mountain to the city. In the end... I'm impartial to my home-state of Minnesota. People may find it boring but I really do love it here. I just wish it was closer to all those fancy anime and gaming conventions.

2: What would you do if your favorite Celebrity came up to you and asked to hide in your house from fans?

   Uhmmm....? I would just point at them (whoever they may be) to the back of the house outside and say "Pfft, no one would look in my old nearly dilapidated kid's playset." I wouldn't trust them in the house.

3: Which is better? Overly salted food or No salt at all?

   No salt, you could always add salt if needed. You cannot undo too much salt.

4: If you could merge two pokemons together and name the new one, who are the pokemons and what is the new creation's name?

   Hmm, that's a tough one.  Probably Smeargle and a Lilligant. Smeargle is pretty cool with its paint brush ability but is a little bland otherwise. Combining it with a Lilligant, which is a gorgeous flower girl poke'mon, would give it a more feminine touch maybe? I dunno. I guess I would call it Paintedlillies... because I'm lame like that. *win*

5: Would you ever harlem shake in public for money?

   To be honest I don't really know what that would entail, so no...?

6: Longest time you have stayed up on the interet at night?

   Once I discovered the internet in middle school, I could easily stay up all night long googling for pictures and posting on anime forums. The longest I've been up because of this was probably around 32 hours maybe?

7: Which would you give up for the rest of your life? Video games? Watching Tv or movies? Or internet? (good luck with that one)

   That's pretty easy... movies. I rarely go see movies. It would be a crying shame to not be able to see Hayao Miyazaki movies anymore though.

8: What are you attracted to that you think others will find WEIRD in a lover?

   Hahahaha. Is it weird to say that I find all real people unattractive? The only "people" I'm attracted to are characters from stories.

9: Did you shower today?

   I did, yes. I had to kill a giant black spider lurking in the shower before I did so though. It was kinda soothing watching it get swept down the drain so I wouldn't have to pick it up.

10: You are upstairs stuck in your room, and Slender Man is down stairs...wtf do you do when you need to get out?

   That's... not even funny. T_T I would cry in a corner and just wait for the inevitable.

   I'm not shocked that Loom hasn't heard about Slenderman since its from a video game. The internet says he's from a mythology but it's just a ruse. For you Loom, Slenderman is the "evil character" in the video game called Slender. The game objective is simple. Collect 8 pages that are hidden around and not get captured by the Slenderman. The main plot concept (that most people forget or didn't know) was that you're trapped in your mind in a coma from "Slender" disease and the "Slenderman" is its physical form that is trying to kill you in your mind. Gathering the 8 pages is equivalent to gathering the different parts of your mind so you could wake up.  In the original variations of the game this becomes slightly creepier in that instead of pages you're trying to find "memento's" of your life and the person you play could range from an adult male prisoner in a prison to a small female child in an elementary school.

   Slenderman is a tall (rarely but sometimes depicted as 8 armed) human lookalike in a black suit... but without a face which glows in the dark.  He is invincible and teleports around instead of walking while you're not looking at him (the newer game versions have him walking or running too even while looking at him). However the longer you look at him the faster he "consumes you" (which is shown by static) and you die. One of the main things that scare people, which is in part what made it so famous, is the music. For example, when the player turns his head around and you end up being in Slenderman's line of sight, you will hear the loud slamming of piano keys. As the game progresses and you collect more pages (or memento's, which in case each memento holds a different value to that persons life) the Slenderman grows increasingly faster and the ambient music becomes more ominous and intense. The beginning of loud THUDS tells the player that Slenderman is coming, almost as if each THUD was a step he was taking. It gets increasingly faster when either too much time has gone by or when those pages are collected.

   The location of where you look for pages varies from game to game. Most people associate it with the original of "Slender's Forest".  This map consists of a giant forest at night in which your only tool is a flashlight. You will find a million different videos on Youtube of people playing this deceptively difficult game. The newest version, that was released very recently by the original creator, has been getting significant bad reviews however. There have been many spinoffs of this game including "SlendyTubbies" (Slender concept but with Teletubbies) etc.

   So how will you answer that question now that you've read this, Loom? Enough to give you nightmares, or do you dare find a video to see what I mean first? >: )

akita42's meme questions

11 Things About me:

   #1. I love to watch people play horror video games because I'm too much of a coward to actually play them myself.

   #2. I love to play free-to-play MMORPG's.

   #3. My dad makes a game of finding ways to harass the squirrels trying to eat his bird food. For example, putting a cob of corn on a bungee cord hanging from a tree to see it throw the squirrel up and down after it leaped onto it.

   #4. I dislike using the telephone.

   #5. I'm obsessive about taking photographs of flowers.

   #6. I hate coffee. The smell alone gives me a terrible headache.

   #7. I've never eaten a hamburger from McDonald's before.

   #8. I love mice and cats... but terrified by dogs.

   #9. I have never seen the ocean in person.

   #10. I played the flute for 7 years, but originally wanted to go into choir. The middle school had a program where if you started as a band member you could change to a choir member any time, but you couldn't do it the other way around.

   #11. I'm a good swimmer, but I'm petrified by deep or murky water.

LOOMinate's meme questions

1. If you were a vampire in Vampire Fetish what quality of your character would be blown out of proportion/exaggerated? (To catch those of you who don't read up, most VF vampires have some sort of verbal or physical tick, obsession, fetish, insanity, etc.)
   
   Manga.

2. If you were stranded in the woods with a baton and a balloon, what would you do with each?

   Send the balloon up if I see a passing airplane and the baton to swat away at Slenderma... I mean wild animals.

3. You're at a carnival have just won a dart-throwing game. The dealer gives you a can and a can-opener. What's in the can?

   o_O One of those pop-out snakes?

4. What's your favorite card game or book character?

   Card game.... probably Pinocle. Book character would be Kurama from YYH.

5. If you severely injured your leg and a paramedic leaned down and started licking your wounds, what would you do?

   I would say "What are you DOING?!" and would cringe away from them.

As I said before...

I won't tag nor give questions, because I'm lame like that. ;D

It's not much of an "update", but it's something I suppose!


Thanks for reading,
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconailovc:The only way to really describe Ailovc is the term "all around artist". When browsing their gallery you can find all sorts of media and art types that are all individual and unique in their own way.

Journey by Ailovc


Want to see more?

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  • Mood: Anxious

Thanks for all the birthday wishes~!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 2:15 AM

Long time no update

Hello! It has certainly been a while since my last update, huh?

I'm doing fairly well right now, and as the title suggests, it was my birthday last week. I know that I keep going on about this but.... my birthday this year was a reminder of how I almost didn't get to have it. I'm so very appreciative of this fact.

It was otherwise, as regular birthdays go, it was a little bit of a disappointment. I baked myself a birthday cake the day after my birthday since my brother was too lazy to do it (even though he said that he would). After it was finished I told him that we'll wait on eating it until after mom got home so I could actually blow out the candles my grandma got me for my birthday. Well long story short, I got home from class to find that 1/5->1/4 of the cake was missing and we ended up not using the candles let alone sing happy birthday. Mom insisted that they were simply too busy to do anything during the week (which I completely understand) and would do a little family celebration or dinner thing on the weekend. Which didn't happen even though nothing was going on.

Kinda makes me feel like a child complaining about this in hindsight. Oh well.

I think what really helped make my day was the great surprise birthday gift I got in the mail by :iconloominate: and :iconerin314:~! I really do love it. :D

Oncologist Check-up

As a reminder, although my chemotherapy is already finished, I still have around 4 more years of scans and doctors visits to ensure that I'm still in remission.

I had my most recent scan and appointment since the last time I've updated this journal. Good news is that they still don't see any cancer. The bad news is that my lymph nodes are still larger than they should be but they are still smaller than the last scan. So here is hoping that they continue to shrink back to normal size.


Thanks for reading,
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconailovc:The only way to really describe Ailovc is the term "all around artist". When browsing their gallery you can find all sorts of media and art types that are all individual and unique in their own way.

Journey by Ailovc


Want to see more?

Check out my Tumblr page for sketches, works in progress pictures and things I won't upload here! mysticalpchan.tumblr.com/



  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: &quot;Shadows&quot; by Lindsey Stirling
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Had Surgery Last Week

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 17, 2012, 6:06 PM

So I had surgery...

Hello everyone! Sorry for not keeping up to date here, I have been pretty busy with school. First and foremost I wanted to mention that I had my fourth, and hopefully final, surgery last week in relation to my efforts to fight cancer. It is cheaper out-of-pocket to do the process this year in regard to insurance coverage than the reset for next year. The surgery was just to take out the Power Port that was implanted for chemotherapy back in January. This has been weighing on my shoulders for a long time now (since June) and was delayed because I didn't want the surgery while on the blood thinner Warfarin. As of now I am no longer on any medications, anticipating any surgeries, and I'm (as far as I know) cancer free. The next CAT scan and Oncology visit will be in mid-January.

This feeling of calmness is something I haven't felt, or truly appreciated, since before the whole fiasco that was the year 2012.

Belated Thanksgiving Thanks

The last segment leads me to this. Thanksgiving marks the point of one week after I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's in 2011, and I have a lot to be thankful for in this past year.

I want to thank everyone for all the help and support I've received from family, friends, professors, doctors, nurses and even those I have never had the ability to meet in person. If it wasn't for you all, I don't think I would be here right now. It means the world to me to have received the responses I have in the past year. It truly is as my Oncologist stated right at the beginning approximately one year ago today, "This battle is just as much of a mental one as it is a physical one". I was dubious at first, but as time passed, he could not have been more right.

Thank you.


Thanks for reading,
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconsupertotallyfresh:After browsing her gallery she seems to like to use a variety of different mediums but my favorite is of her using watercolors. The two below are my favorites, they both tell stories and are rich with color.

Past Reflections by supertotallyfreshThe Offering by supertotallyfresh


Want to see more?

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  • Mood: Thanks
  • Watching: The First 48
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Updates, updates, and updates

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:01 AM

Health Stuff

Its been a while since my last update so here it is.

I saw my Oncologist on Oct 5th and all's good. I'm scheduled to go in again in mid January and will get a CT scan along with it.

Otherwise I've been doing well. =)

Anime Detour

Hello! Anime detour is an anime convention in the twin cities (Minnesota) held sometime in March. The sign-ups for the Artist Alley have started and I need someone to split the table with me. The table is 100$, so I need someone who can split the cost of 50$. With the table comes with only ONE convention badge however, so we can negotiate what it would take to make sure each of us equally pays for the badges. In any case, spots fill up FAST so PM me asap!

Here's the link to the Anime Detour website: www.animedetour.com/

Local Art Sale

Ok, I forget the name of it, so I'll need to look it up but I'll be selling art personally at a local art show at some semi-local high school. I split the table with my mom's coworker who needed someone to split the cost.

Unfortunately I don't have much to sell... but I hope I can learn from first hand experience what it's like to sell art in person. [Currently: 4 hats, and 1 painted box LOL] I'm going to Michael's today to pick up a bunch more boxes so I can try to hammer a bunch of those out before the sale this Saturday. So hopefully my little spot on the table will look a tad less pathetic this way...

If you're interested in going, just let me know and I can find out the details of the location and time.


Thanks for reading,
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconsupertotallyfresh:After browsing her gallery she seems to like to use a variety of different mediums but my favorite is of her using watercolors. The two below are my favorites, they both tell stories and are rich with color.

Past Reflections by supertotallyfreshThe Offering by supertotallyfresh


Want to see more?

Check out my Tumblr page for sketches, works in progress pictures and things I won't upload here! mysticalpchan.tumblr.com/



  • Mood: Miserable
  • Watching: Pewdiepie on Youtube
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Quick health update~

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 22, 2012, 9:09 PM

Health Stuff Update

Well if you saw my last journal, you'd know I haven't been feeling well recently. So here's an update on that issue.

The symptoms I felt that had admitted me into the ER are essentially gone now, so that's good. I had about 2 good days until I got sick. XD So I'm fighting what seems like the flu right now, maybe those two occurrences were related? Nevertheless, even though I'm kinda out of it, it's still significantly better than before.

Thank you for all the kind thoughts everyone. =)

Llama? o.o

This isn't important, so it won't take much space. I just got my 100th llama and now I'm a super albino o uo. I don't actively work to get llama's, but when people take the time to send me one I appreciate it. So thank you! =)

Artist Alley

I'm still planning on starting to go to local conventions to sell art personally. For now my partner, :iconchatonbombe: and I, are on the waiting list for an artist alley table at Anime Fusion. This new convention will be held Oct. 19-21st in Bloomington, MN. Buy your tickets before Sept. 20th and it's only 30$ for admission.

Update 1: ChatonBombe contacted Anime Fusion and it seems unlikely that we'll get in this year since the waiting list is rather long and most people have already paid for their tables.

Update 2: I'm still open to going to Anime Detour. However, I don't think ChatonBombe will be in town then so I'll need a partner to split the table with me (the table costs 100$, so splitting it would be 50$ each). This 50$ covers your admission to the convention as well (which is cheaper than buying the tickets last minute at 55$ each by the way).

As for now, I'm going to be selling: embroidered hats, stickers, laminated bookmarks, and possibly magnets. I'm planning on doing all original art so there won't be any issue with copyright.

For the embroidered hats, I will be doing a live demonstration while behind the table. I will offer custom hats to sell for a little more than pre-made ones. This way, if you cannot pay online here on DA, you can pay in person and I will mail it to you when it's completed.

Custom hat samples:

Loominate Hat Embroidery by MysticalpchanEpic Chaos Embroidery Hat by Mysticalpchan

The only rule is that your order cannot be of copyrighted character(s). The characters in the above were original characters made by the person I made it for.

Let me know if you're going to go! It's not 100% certain that I'm going either, but here's hoping we make it in!



Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconangeniac:I never knew you could make such beautiful detailed designs using polymer pastes that are this tiny! It's really amazing and worth a look at how much time it would have taken and precision used to create them.

collection of cameos four elements by AngeniaCMaiko butterfly by AngeniaC


Want to see more?

Check out my Tumblr page for sketches, works in progress pictures and things I won't upload here! mysticalpchan.tumblr.com/



  • Mood: Shitty
  • Watching: World's Dumbest...
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

*UPDATE* New ER visit. New Problem. Great.

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 13, 2012, 3:02 PM

ER visit

****Update:**** Woke up and felt significantly better, but I'm still aching in pain all over my left side and it's still painful to breathe in or bending. Saw the oncologist this morning and they had me go in for an X-Ray and found that the liquid in my lung is now gone. While this is good, everyone is now puzzled why I'm still in pain. At this point, we're hoping that it'll go away over this weekend. If not, I'll take the Oncologist's suggestion to set up an appointment at the local hospital to see a lung expert. x_x' I guess the only thing I can be happy about is that they won't do a lung tap (needle into lung to take out liquid.... it may cause lung deflation or infection).

-------

Life was going just too smoothly, wasn't it? Too routine? Well life just threw a new curve ball at me.

Basically, 2 days ago (at night) I started to feel a little chest pain, I made note of it but went to sleep hoping it would go away. When I woke up, I didn't really notice it. However, as the day progressed, the pain got increasingly worse. At the point that I finally told my mom about it, I was in pain whenever I breathed in, but only on my left side. She told me to call my general physician. When I did, they told me they couldn't do anything about it and I have to go to the ER to be evaluated. They also mentioned that I should not drive and have someone else drive me.

Went to class first (I don't want to miss class >_< so I drove... bad pchan?), and came back home. Mom came home from work and she drove me to the ER. They were like... "OMG CHEST PAIN GOGOGOGO" and I was trying to say "I-I'm ok, you don't need to wheel me around" as a nurse tried to coax me into a wheelchair. They won in the end by saying it was protocol. Basically they immediately went in to give me an EKG (I think that's how it's called), to make sure my heart was OK. From there, they calmed down a bit and had me wheeled to a hospital bed.

That's when things got rather..... boring with spurts of Nuuuuuuuu. They accessed my port, or at least tried to, since it was being finicky as usual. They tried to flush it at least 3 times, then gave up to try and order the medicine that unclogs the port (which took almost 1 1/2 hours by the way). During which they decided it wasn't going to work so they were looking at my arms for veins to get blood and set me up with an IV for the CT scan. One nurse took blood from my left arm and the other nurse kept trying to look on my right arm until I told him I was willing to wait for the port to work. From there it was another 20 minutes of waiting for the medicine clear it up. After that we waited until the CT room was ready for me. Got the CT scan done, came back to the same room and waited for almost an hour for the results.

The result was that I have a lung effusion (liquid in the lung). For an ordinary person it's not TOO serious but considering the PE and cancer I have been fighting this year, it was something they were worried about. For now, they want me to get in touch with my oncologist within a week. Also, if it gets worse (such as constantly coughing) then I have to go in immediately and they'll drain my lung (with either with a tube or needle). In the meantime, I'm in quite some pain from the simplest movements like: standing up, sitting down, or walking for 10 minutes. My breaths are short and shallow because anything deeper hurts a lot (that includes: spontaneous coughing, sneezing, or yawning).

My mom and I were at the hospital for about 5 hours.

Sleeping last night after I was released was painful. I couldn't roll over at all without cringing in pain. I can't roll onto my left side at all. Sleeping straight on my back made it hard to breathe. However, I still woke up about every hour trying to move positions so I wouldn't feel too stiff. At 7:30am, when I couldn't stand it anymore, I got up and chatted for a little while with my mom. Then I collapsed on the couch and slept by my kitties and I felt better after that peaceful rest.

I keep feeling worse and worse since then. I hope I can get through this essay due tomorrow and get through my new Oncology visit in the morning and class in the afternoon. If I can live through that, I get a whole weekend to try and recoup.

Ugggh... wish me luck...

Artist Alley

As a reminder for those that missed my last journal post, I was planning on starting to go to local conventions to sell art personally. For now my partner, :iconchatonbombe: and I, are on the waiting list for an artist alley table at Anime Fusion. This new convention will be held Oct. 19-21st in Bloomington, MN. Buy your tickets before Sept. 20th and it's only 30$ for admission.

Update 1: ChatonBombe contacted Anime Fusion and it seems unlikely that we'll get in this year since the waiting list is rather long and most people have already paid for their tables.

Update 2: I'm still open to going to Anime Detour. However, I don't think ChatonBombe will be in town then so I'll need a partner to split the table with me (the table costs 100$, so splitting it would be 50$ each). This 50$ covers your admission to the convention as well (which is cheaper than buying the tickets last minute at 55$ each by the way).

As for now, I'm going to be selling: embroidered hats, stickers, laminated bookmarks, and possibly magnets. I'm planning on doing all original art so there won't be any issue with copyright.

For the embroidered hats, I will be doing a live demonstration while behind the table. I will offer custom hats to sell for a little more than pre-made ones. This way, if you cannot pay online here on DA, you can pay in person and I will mail it to you when it's completed.

Custom hat samples:

Loominate Hat Embroidery by MysticalpchanEpic Chaos Embroidery Hat by Mysticalpchan

The only rule is that your order cannot be of copyrighted character(s). The characters in the above were original characters made by the person I made it for.

Let me know if you're going to go! It's not 100% certain that I'm going either, but here's hoping we make it in!



Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconangeniac:I never knew you could make such beautiful detailed designs using polymer pastes that are this tiny! It's really amazing and worth a look at how much time it would have taken and precision used to create them.

collection of cameos four elements by AngeniaCMaiko butterfly by AngeniaC


Want to see more?

Check out my Tumblr page for sketches, works in progress pictures and things I won't upload here! mysticalpchan.tumblr.com/



  • Mood: Pain
  • Watching: Rachel Maddow
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Convention Artist Alley?!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 10, 2012, 2:59 PM

Artist Alley

For real?! Yes, it's true. I'm planning on starting to go to local conventions to sell art personally. For now my partner, :iconchatonbombe: and I, are on the waiting list for an artist alley table at Anime Fusion. This new convention will be held Oct. 19-21st in Bloomington, MN. Buy your tickets before Sept. 20th and it's only 30$ for admission!

If all goes well, I hope to apply to Anime Detour's artist alley that's hosted in late March typically, also in MN. However, the artist alley table there is 100$ and I would need someone to split it with me. Anyone interested?

As for now, I'm going to be selling: embroidered hats, prints, stickers, laminated bookmarks, and possibly magnets. In the future, I would love to sell hand-painted wall scrolls (anyone know where you can buy cheap blank ratan scrolls? ), and buttons. In the far off future, a year at least, I hope to make smaller stained glass and/or fused glass pieces to sell as well.

For the embroidered hats, I will be doing a live demonstration while behind the table. I will offer custom hats to sell for a little more than pre-made ones. This way, if you cannot pay online here on DA, you can pay in person and I will mail it to you when it's completed.

Custom hat samples:

Loominate Hat Embroidery by MysticalpchanEpic Chaos Embroidery Hat by Mysticalpchan

The only rule is that your order cannot be of copyrighted character(s). The characters in the above were original characters made by the person I made it for.

Let me know if you're going to go! It's not 100% certain that I'm going either, but here's hoping we make it in!

Classes~

My priority these days has been focused on school and not messing up. Currently have 100% in English (is that even possible?), and haven't really done much in Watercolor yet so far.

Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:icongiobobobo:Now I realize I'm completely biased in this decision since YYH is my favorite series, but giobobobo makes brilliant fanart of more than just that series. It has great flow and keeps true to the look of the characters while having artistic freedom and beauty. Really well done. =)

Happy birthday kurama by giobobobokurama by gioboboboyouko by giobobobo


Want to see more?

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  • Mood: Delighted
  • Watching: Stephanie Miller
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Back to School in Remission

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 12, 2012, 11:58 PM

Back to School

Hello! I'm heading back to school in a few weeks so I'm getting things out of my system before then. Doing all kinds of things to get ready, not just for myself, but for my little brother joining me at college this year too! I'll be hauling him to and from plenty of his classes but we're also having him take the city bus for the ones I can't do time wise. (He doesn't have a driver's license, btw.)

If you recall, because of my medical withdrawal from Spanish 1 (5 credit course), my completion rate at the college dropped below 67%. Because of this, they put me under academic suspension until I appealed them with documentation and an essay proving my reasoning of having cancer. They accepted but with the condition of setting up classes this fall with an adviser and I can ONLY take a specific English class and an "easy" class. No more, no less, at roughly 6-8 credits.

So this fall I'll be enrolled in College Writing / Critical Reading (my arch nemesis +___+ ) and watercolor 1. I already took a watercolor course at the University, but recently my attempts at watercolor has been extremely frustrating. I would have signed up for another glass class but the teacher I was taking it from retired last spring.

Hope you are looking forward to seeing some watercolor pieces soon!

Remission? O:

Yes, it's true it's true! I had: PET/CT scans, lung function test, and blood tests and my oncologist decided that I'm currently in remission. My next check-up will be this October. For the next 5 years (or 10 depending on if I'm talking to his nurse practitioner or not) they plan on doing a visit every 3 months and scans every 6. If it all stays clear, then I'm cured! ((Knock on wood @ ___@ ))

In the meantime I'm getting all my other standard appointments out of the way before classes start. Eye test next week for myself and my little brother for instance. Hoping all goes well on the blood clot front and I can come off the blood thinners in late September, I'll schedule for surgery sometime October to remove my port. Then I'll schedule for a dentist appointment. That will be a huge relief when that's all done.

Planning on scheduling my cat Jack for his vaccination shots sometime today (he's around 3 years overdue X_X' ). My younger kitty, Shadow, wasn't feeling well 2 weeks ago (his eye was draining liquid and gunk). The vet assumed it was an infection and with the past 2 weeks with medication he's looking way better! :D I'm sure he'll be happy when his eye drops are done, but we won't know for certain until his appointment this Tuesday.

MN State Fair

Ahh, my favorite thing to do every year. It's an event that my family goes to every year without fail. I'm super stoked! I attempted to submit a glass piece this year but the glass shop gave me false information on when the deadline was (even though they're sponsoring it). x_X' So I didn't submit anything this year. ; _;

On the other hand, there's always the butterfly house, browsing the education building, finding new things this year, anime booth, and the international bizarre~ and of course, food that I only eat once a year. = u= I mean, where else can you get corn ice cream (it's actually really delicious, try it!)? It's also the only time of year I have stuff like corn dogs, fresh kettle corn, caramelized almonds, or shakes (at the dairy building). It sounds like a lot but you really burn a lot of it off by all the walking you do (the place is HUGE!). Anyway... if you're going, let me know! :D

That's it this time!
Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:icongiobobobo:Now I realize I'm completely biased in this decision since YYH is my favorite series, but giobobobo makes brilliant fanart of more than just that series. It has great flow and keeps true to the look of the characters while having artistic freedom and beauty. Really well done. =)

Happy birthday kurama by giobobobokurama by gioboboboyouko by giobobobo


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I'm back~

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 23, 2012, 12:06 PM

Cabin Trip

Heya! I'm back from my cabin trip. The lake was beautiful and I learned while there that it's currently the cleanest lake in the state. At 6ft you could still see the rocks on the bottom of the lake. :D Well, except when I took my glasses off... then I was blindly running into people. I really should invest in prescription goggles sometime. <_<

As of last night I'm now collabing with :iconreini-dragon: to see if we can do a little comic together. I cannot write or storyboard, but I can do the lineart - toning - editing work, so it worked for both of us. C:

I didn't get as much done as I was hoping I would, but I did get some things done. I'll be trying to keep a list up of how I'm doing things and all the various projects I've started and haven't finished yet with a percentage of completion.

The to-do list now has its own section on my page (look below my DA ID). This way I can update it freely without having to update the journal constantly.


Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconeinlee:When I was looking through einlee's gallery, all of their art pieces were beautiful and unique depending on what it was depicting. Using all kinds of techniques for drawing and coloring digitally is really quite neat to compare.

raven - matsuri by einleeLover by einlee


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  • Mood: Cheerful
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Cabin Trip and Stuffies~

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 11, 2012, 11:59 PM

Alaska Trip

Heya peeps! You have probably seen these already, but I recently uploaded some of my favorite photo's from my Alaska trip. If not, check out the "Alaska" folder in the gallery. One photo I wish I could have captured was while we were on military base driving we turned a corner and were face-to-face with a moose. It was AWESOME! A little scary since it could have charged at us, but I was so excited by seeing my first moose I didn't really care, haha.

It was a great trip and I'm glad to have seen my pal again (and meet her husband at last)!

Cabin Vacation

Okie, well some may know this already, but my family takes an annual vacation this time of year to the cabin. Since it's a no-internet zone and I'm not going to bring any electronics (except for my phone and camera...), I'll be printing out all of my art references ahead of time to bring on paper. I keep 2 paper organizers (3 if my mom didn't steal my fancy one) of all things that I think help me draw better and inspire me. Of course, I also include commission works that I was too busy to do with the usual day-to-day life at home.

So if anyone wants me to make them a hat or something while on vacation, now is the time to let me know. Deadline to tell me is: Saturday July 14th 8am. Details on this below.

Hat Commission Details

As I mentioned in the last journal, I've been making custom embroidered hats and/or pre-made patches with marker drawings. Examples:
Cherry Blossom Embroidery Hat by Mysticalpchan and i45.tinypic.com/2yn4co3.jpg

Making one may be fun, but it's not free for me to make and send. So if you want one, please keep this in mind. It's about 10$ in material costs. I don't think it's too unfair to ask for a total of 15$ considering the time and energy made into them. The few dollars here and there also help me pay for fabric markers as they die out (they're rather expensive...). As a point of reference, regular embroidered hats made by a machine usually are charged around 20$ in stores. I'm tempted to set up a Paypal if people are actually interested.

I offer different colored hats from: White (custom embroidery and markers show up best on white), Black, Pink, Red, Yellow and Light Blue (supply of each color is limited). In addition, I have sparkly thread for detailing and little pastel fabric origami roses to sew on if interested. You can make your own designs if you want.

If you don't want to pay, and have something else you can offer in exchange, I'm fine with that too. However, you'll need to discuss this with me in notes.

I reserve the right to not accept a hat request.

Current To-Do List

In no particular order.
1. :iconscar23:'s Art trade hat
2. Mom's Co-worker's Death head moth watercolor paintings x3
3. Friend's character drawing
4. :iconsummers307:'s Dragon drawings x4

Put on hold until further notice:
1. :icontgyamibakura:'s Cherry blossom tree wall mural - Waiting on commissioner


PS. I finally am going through and cleaning / organizing my favorites. @_@'' 7 hours down, a few more to go...

Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconeinlee:When I was looking through einlee's gallery, all of their art pieces were beautiful and unique depending on what it was depicting. Using all kinds of techniques for drawing and coloring digitally is really quite neat to compare.

raven - matsuri by einleeLover by einlee


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  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Watching: Stephanie Miller
  • Eating: Kit-Kat
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Final Chemo, Hats, and Trip

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 15, 2012, 1:03 AM

Final Chemotherapy

Can anyone say, HALLELUIAH?! Finished my last chemotherapy on May 23rd. My mom bought me a real rose corsage to wear to it that day. She also got the nurses an edible arrangements bouquet as a thank you that I paired with a hand-made card by me. I also convinced my dad to go this time, since he has never sat with me with one of them before now, and I think he learned a little about what I go through while I'm there. I half wanted to have port problems so he can see what kind of trouble I went through months ago, but I'm still happy it went pretty smoothly. I mean, who wants to vomit and/or be in pain? Haha, anyway... after the treatment finished, I got a standing ovation from the staff. I wanted to tear up because it really touched me.

As I left the building, I had felt a deep appreciation for the strength this whole experience has left me. As bad as it was for the most part, it gives me a better perspective on what's really important. It was a kick in the butt I really needed. I'm also so very grateful to all the support I got during this whole fiasco. My family, most importantly my mom who drove me to every appointment and stayed with me the entire time. :icontgyamibakura: Is a great friend who stopped by after work after every chemo to make sure I was ok (since I was not supposed to be alone and mom had work). Of course, :iconeverlastingserenity:, my old friend who flew in all the way from Alaska to see me right after I started chemo.

It was... interesting... at times to see who your real friends are. Those who stood up to stand by you versus those you thought cared - even just a little bit - who ended up not even saying "good luck". While I am disappointed in those few people who'll remain nameless, I'm so very very thankful to everyone who has walked with me during this whole thing. Like all of you who read up on my journal updates, even if you don't post anything. : ) Thank you.

What Now?

I still have the port installed, but they won't talk to me about surgically removing it until July. The reason behind this being my immune system needs this time to recoup from the chemo. So until then, every month I need a port flush (the first one was last Wednesday). Sadly that requires a few saline and a heparin (all of which makes me want to barf, bleh). It went pretty well on the first time though! As I walked to the car I rummaged for my keys and found the four-leaf clover my grandma gave me around the time I started chemo. I had forgotten I put it in my pocket when I was cleaning to make sure I didn't lose it. So I thought it was poetically awesome in that sense. - u-

Still taking the Coumadin, but it's finally settled down so I've had a nice 1 month break from getting the INR blood test. Next test will be the Monday or Tuesday after I come back from my trip.

My foot is doing a lot better. I don't need crutches and don't necessarily need the boot anymore either. Just don't ask me to walk a mile though, plus it still hurts to stand up from a sitting position. At least I'll be able to maneuver myself through the airport on Saturday without struggling too bad. Fwew.

Hats?!

I've been making a little hobby recently of making my own colorful hats. Not what you're thinking though, since I can't knit to save my life (mostly because I was never taught). I've been taking some white ball-caps and sewing on embroidered patches and drawing designs using fabric markers on them. Picture of the first one I made: i45.tinypic.com/2yn4co3.jpg

I'm currently working on an art-trade of sorts by attempting to custom make an embroidered patch of the main characters from :iconscar23:'s comic EpicCHAOS! So far it's going pretty well, but we'll see if it works. =) If it does work, would anyone be interested in buying one? Custom patches will cost a little more because of time and string taken to make it.

I'm not sure what I would charge yet, but I think it depends on what someone wants and how much it would cost me. I'm not looking for much profit, I at least want enough to cover the price to make one though.

Plain hat: 2.50$
Pre-made embroidered patches: 1-5$
Shipping: 5-6$
Custom embroidered patch: Depends on size and amount of colors required

That's just my general base prices it would cost me to make it. It doesn't include the fabric markers which I don't need to replace quite... yet.... but they're expensive at like 6-7$ each color. So a hat like the example above cost me 5-6$ to make, plus fabric markers.

I dunno. What do you think? I only really brought it up because I've had half a dozen people approach me in real life asking if I was selling them.

Trip

Heading off to Alaska for a week, wewt. It's a direct flight so it'll be faster than my last time flying up there I think. (Last time it stopped in Seattle on the way). Bringing some books and the embroidering stuff for the plane ride. I might not actually sew on the plane though since I'd be worried about dropping needles and stuff. o_o'

OH well, wish me luck!
Thanks for reading,

-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconstarkey01:Simply browsing through their gallery you can sense a very cohesive theme and style and as time goes by the quality just improves with each piece. Using very dramatic coloring and shading it's hard not to notice Starkey01's art. =)

Arrow by starkey01Ukiyo-e by starkey01Qiling Zhang by starkey01


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  • Watching: Stephanie Miller
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Spoke too soon...

Journal Entry: Mon May 21, 2012, 6:57 PM

Luck is Against Me

Remember that post 2 days ago where I said "Hey! I'm doing great and going on a trip soon!"... well scratch that a little. Yesterday (Sunday), I fell on the cement walkway outside and haven't been able to walk on my left foot since. Saw the doctor this morning and they took X-ray's of it. Luckily it's not obviously broken, although she said cracks sometimes take 2 weeks to show up on the scans. Hopefully I'll feel better in 2-3 weeks. In the meantime I'm going to be in a boot and crutches. Not supposed to take any pain medication because of all the OTHER stuff I'm on.

It's kinda like someone said, "Hey! It's starting to get a little too boring for her. I know, lets make walking painfully difficult." I leave for the trip in a little under 4 weeks. I'm really hoping I can walk normally again by then. D:

So now that I can't really do much but sit around, I have my tablet ready for drawing. Though I kinda feel like everything I've done recently is crap, so I dunno how much drawing I'll actually be getting done.


Thanks for reading. > _<
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconconronca:Full of gorgeous subtle detailing, conronca really portrays characters in such a beautiful way by spending a lot of time on the backgrounds. Not just in perspective, but also in the atmosphere using color really sets the tone for the pieces. Each individual artwork has a story to tell and is worth checking out!

What's your name... by conroncain the pool by conroncadetective's brunch by conronca


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  • Mood: Teasing
  • Watching: Steve Wilkos
  • Eating: Cheese Puffcorn
  • Drinking: Diet Coke

Chemo 9-10-11, Baldness and... Alaska?!

Journal Entry: Sat May 19, 2012, 11:32 PM

Soul is in a Vacuum

Hi peeps! I know I haven't updated in a while. Sorry about that. A game called Vindictus has kinda absorbed my soul at the moment. <_<' (West server ign Mysticalpcha, come say hi?)

Chemotherapy

Anyway. The last 3 chemotherapy treatments have been fairly 'good'. 'Good' in the sense that they were not eventful except perhaps extra needle attempts to get my port to work. Now that I have the saline issue under control with breathing exercises, spearmint/peppermint smell is now the bane of my existence. If I smell or taste it anywhere I want to vomit. (If you recall, I was using tea bags with that smell to counteract the smell of the saline.... which now my body associates with chemo.) I'm so looking forward to all this being over....

Last treatment is next week! Can you believe it?! It has been 6 months! 6 MONTHS! All I have left now is: 1 chemo treatment, 1 surgery to remove the port and 5 years of PET/CAT scans to make sure the cancer is staying away. Once I hit (or if... knock on wood...) my 5 year clear I'm officially clear of my cancer. =)

My dad is going with me to my final chemo (he hasn't been to one yet). Haven't seen him since my birthday in February. Kinda sad, but I'm glad I get to see him again.

Hair went POOF

My hair has been rather.... interesting.... these last few treatments. Hair continued to fall out but the parts that stayed continue to grow. So I was looking like a dandelion head crazy person who needed to be locked up. I was so irritated by it that I had it cut off. So now I'm rather... bald. Which I guess works out for me in the 90 degree heat going on right now. For someone who has never had a bald head before, let me tell you it's really an odd feeling to feel fabric on your scalp. My cat also likes to groom my head now too. Hahaha.

Alaska?!

Anyway, as a surprise to me, my mom asked me... "So, as a present for finishing all your treatments... I was thinking... I would like to send you to Alaska to visit Leah." (My friend who now lives in Alaska, but right after I was diagnosed, flew in to come see me). I said "YEAH!" and so now I'm scheduled to go visit my pal June 16 and will stay for a week. How very exciting!

I bet the airport security people will go a little 'o_O' when they compare me to my driver's license picture (me with my full head of hair...). That, and when I'll go off in the medal detector for the port I have installed. Hopefully it won't be too much of an issue because there are a LOT of people who have them. I do have my PowerPort card to prove it too.

So.. exciting things! C:


Hopefully everything will continue to go smoothly.
-Mysticalpchan

Feature of the Month

:iconconronca:Full of gorgeous subtle detailing, conronca really portrays characters in such a beautiful way by spending a lot of time on the backgrounds. Not just in perspective, but also in the atmosphere using color really sets the tone for the pieces. Each individual artwork has a story to tell and is worth checking out!

What's your name... by conroncain the pool by conroncadetective's brunch by conronca


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  • Eating: Cheese Puffcorn
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Working on Stuffies

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 5, 2012, 7:47 AM

Ooh shiny new journal skin!

Heya! Starting to work on that HTD Moths and Butterflies part 2 again. (Geez, how many times have I've said that now?) But this time I actually made some progress. I finally caught up on the descriptions for the in-process drawing parts and made another drawing. Just 2 in-process drawings to do left. After that just some information pages.  From there it's just minor editing and then I can upload! =D


Lets hope my tablet will be good to me. It only works if I have the cord in a certain way. Anyone know of a way to keep your cords alive longer? Or if you can replace the USB cord on Wacom Intuos 3's?

On a side note, I'm trolling people in real life by finally wearing a long hair wig. XD I'm excited to see what happens at school today. The nurse today didn't even know it was fake until I told her.

Feature of the Month

:iconloominate:Not only a very smart and awesome friend, but extremely talented too! Needs more recognition for the hard work loom has put in to helping people with her group for comic creators and writers alike. She's creating a beautifully designed, both in concept and artistically, comic series named "Vampire Fetish". Definitely worth a read!

Vampire Fetish Volume Cover by LOOMinateLoom's Paneling Musings 01: The Big 2 by LOOMinateFebruary Child by LOOMinate


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Son of a beehive. REALLY!?

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 AM
Ok so if you read my last update I made just 2 days ago, you might now that I was supposed to get my PET scan done today. Turns out it was a CT and PET scan, but whatever. It didn't go well. Let me tell you how I think someone is out to get me.


Started out with the usual preparing of the port to be used because I didn't think I would be getting an IV. I was wrong. Turns out the stuff they inject clings to the port and would make it a 'hotspot' during the scan. The IV was fine and I was drinking the weird water stuff they force you to drink. But the lady sneakily attacked with saline while I wasn't looking and I vomited everywhere. That's even after I told her I react horribly to that stuff. I guess she thought it was a mental thing where I get sick from just watching people inject it. She was very wrong.

I sat and tried my best to relax despite being covered in my own vomit. It takes some time for the radioactive glucose they injected to take effect. I waited out my stomach a bit and tried to sip at the weird water concoction (since I was told it's required for the scan). Thought I could handle it. Nope. Threw up horribly again, worse than the previous time. At this point the nurse came in and told me to not drink it since I obviously couldn't keep it down. Tried to relax despite feeling horrible until and during the scan. They used saline again but at least it was as fresh as possible and was mixed with the dye so it dulled it a little. I think it also helped I doubt I had anything left in my stomach to throw up anyway.

Finished the scan and was more than happy to go home. Had lunch with my mom after my stomach settled a bit and to get the awful tastes out of my mouth. When I got home I got a phone call from the imaging place. They need to do another CT scan on my chest. Why? I don't know and they wouldn't tell me. While this alone was annoying, I was worried that something went wrong. Who knows?


Went in a few hours later for round 2. Had yet another IV. This nurse tried her best to not aggravate my stomach any more and found ways around using any saline. THANK YOU. At this point I asked the nurse, "So why am I here? I was JUST here this morning." The nurse told me, "The radiologist saw what looks like a blood clot on your scan and we need to verify that it's real or not." That sent my mind into a panic. I started to text my mom (who at this point, already left for work thinking I was done with testing today) everything that has happened thus far. Did the scan without issues except I couldn't hold my breath well during the second picture. Let me tell you something. If the tech's for a scanner like this have a change in demeanor from before your scan to after your scan, be worried. Something's up and they won't tell you verbally but will act super nice to you.

At this point they took out the IV and had me wait in the lobby so I can talk with the radiologist once they go over the results. Also, this is a bad sign. They usually just send you home and have you go over the results with your physician. I'm sitting there waiting... and waiting.... my mind wandering and freaking out to all the possibilities while trying to hold back tears. I kept texting my mom my worries and she's decided to drive back home to help me out. Then I hear from the desk of the lady talking on the phone, "Hello, this is the Suburban imaging in _____. Dr. Shaur needs to speak with Dr. Schourkofsky" (spellings on these are wrong). That's when I jump. Dr. Sch is my oncologist. I'm staring at her but she put down the phone and continued to work.

10 minutes later I hear "Sara? Saaara? Dr. Sch. would like to speak with you." I jolt and walk briskly but nervously up to the desk and take the phone she was holding out for me. He said "Well... I was speaking with the radiologist who evaluated your scans today. You have blood clotting on your lungs." My heart sank as he said this... will I need surgery? "You'll be put on blood thinners and your body will work them out naturally. So you'll be getting 2 shots a day in the belly for 5 days and be orally taking medicine for the next 6 months." I wanted to cry when he said this, but all I could mutter was an "ok". "Now Sara, I'll give you the option of giving yourself the shots at home or going to the hospital for a week. Some people find comfort in doing it at home." My mind raced and all I could think was how I couldn't poke myself with a needle like that but I didn't want to be in a hospital either. Regardless I said, "I think I can do it at home." He told me at this point that he'll be making appointments with people so I can learn what I need to know about all this so I could start the medicine immediately starting today. I gave him my cell number so they can make appointments through me and I could finally hand the desk phone back to the lady.

I sat back down in my chair. It took everything in me to not bawl, but tears still came out of my eyes much to my annoyance. I'll be frank. I really don't know practically anything about blood clots. The only things being that I have a relative who suffers horribly from them and has almost died on multiple occasions, my high platelet count may have caused it, and that it can kill people. That's when my mom walked in. I didn't want her to see me so upset but, too late. I gave her the rundown of what Dr. Sch. told me on the phone. The lady behind the desk piped up and said "Sara's moooom? Do you want to talk with the radiologist?" Mom got up promptly and talked with him for a long time while taking notes. She came back looking slightly relieved, for who knows why, but it irritated me. She first told me the results of the PET scan (my original reason for being there today), and that my cancer wasn't showing up on the scans at all. Which is great, but I still felt horrible. She told me the details of talking to him revolving the blood clots. As it turns out, the clots are between where the heart pumps out blood and where my lungs are. There are several of them, but they're small. We caught it pretty early, but if we didn't find it and left it untreated it would have been life threatening. It turns out that my chemo drug, bleomycin, wasn't the cause of lung and chest pain. It was the blood clots. So there's a possibility that if I get rid of these blood clots my lungs will be perfectly ok and not become permanently damaged.





Hours later, I've had my first shot and pill. Which the needle didn't hurt, but the shot itself stings like heck. One more emergency crisis after another. Someone is out to get me. Ugh.......

I have a doctor's appointment at the oncologist's office in the morning. I don't really know why or care. I just don't want them to use saline on me. If they even think about it, I have half a mind to run out of the office. I'm so tired of, wanting to or actually, vomiting while tasting that lasting horrible taste in my mouth.

Featured Artist of the Month!


:iconloominate:

Not only a very smart and awesome friend, but extremely talented too! Needs more recognition for the hard work LOOM as put in to helping people with her group for comic creators and writers alike. She's creating a beautifully designed, both in concept and artistically, comic series named "Vampire Fetish". Definitely worth a read!


Vampire Fetish Volume Cover by LOOMinateLoom's Paneling Musings 01: The Big 2 by LOOMinateFebruary Child by LOOMinate

  • Mood: Distressed

6th and 7th Chemo... Ugh...

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 19, 2012, 6:07 PM
Yay... finally past the half way point! (There are 12 in total)


These two have to have been some of the most troubling of the chemo's I've had thus far.

On the 6th chemo, they had issues using the port, and even though I specifically stayed up all night before hand so I could sleep through the majority of treatment, I couldn't. The only way it would work is if I stayed sitting up perfectly still or stood up... for hours. I actually ended up sleeping sitting up straight. Mom told me later that I was snoring. I felt like a horse being out cold like that. Almost threw up several times during that treatment to boot.... not fun.

The side effects have started to effect me. The Bleomycin, one of the 4 chemo meds I've been getting, has started to damage my lungs. Breathing is more painfully irritating than before. It takes so little to be completely out of breath and if I breathe in too much I cough it all out. My dad who has asthma tells me that it has the same kind of symptoms as asthma. We told the doctor's assistant at the 6th treatment about this (since it started after 5th treatment), and I was to get a breathing test the next day at the local hospital. Fun.

Long story short, the test shows that it has indeed damaged my lungs, permanently. My oncologist, at the 7th treatment, told me that the inflammation will go away after the chemo finishes and I won't really notice it anymore. But it will cause scarring. So in order to stop the damage from getting worse, the oncologist has ordered that I stop being given the Bleomycin. The most likely scenario is that I'll still be cured even without getting that chemo drug anymore. According to him, there was an unintentional testing of this when some place some where had low supplies of this chemo drug and people were still being cured without it.

Now lets get back to the 7th chemo. Which was a LOAD of fun. Seems my port decided to stop working entirely. They ended up stabbing me with 4 different length needles ranging from a half inch to an inch and a half. In the process pressing down really hard on the port while really digging in there with the needles. Owowow. (Mind you the port is located in my upper chest area)

When they got the needle in to the point that there was no way it shouldn't logically work (work being they get a blood draw when they pull back on a syringe), they told me that I might need to go to the hospital. The idea being they would use a scan to figure out what was wrong or, worst case scenario, get surgery to get it replaced and have me stay at the hospital overnight. So I was starting to freak out when they eventually told me that if their last plan to try to get it to work didn't work out, that was what was going to happen. The last ditch plan being injecting it with liquid that would dissolve anything in the tubing attached to the port. Which can take between a half hour and 2 hours. THANK GOODNESS it worked, but only after the 2 hour mark.

I can't tell you how happy I am that I was able to get the chemo that day and walk outside into the fresh beautiful air and NOT have to go to the hospital.



On a side note, I really want to give this belated shout out to :iconkabocha: ! Kabocha sent me a really adorable kitty hat and the cutest fox key chain ever. I keep the key chain on my desk with me in fear of losing it. Thank you thank you! <3333 Ps. It's Kabocha's b-day in a few days, so, early Happy Birthday!

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Not only a very smart and awesome friend, but extremely talented too! Needs more recognition for the hard work LOOM as put in to helping people with her group for comic creators and writers alike. She's creating a beautifully designed, both in concept and artistically, comic series named "Vampire Fetish". Definitely worth a read!


Vampire Fetish Volume Cover by LOOMinateLoom's Paneling Musings 01: The Big 2 by LOOMinateFebruary Child by LOOMinate

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4th and 5th Chemo

Journal Entry: Sat Feb 18, 2012, 11:29 AM
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Just finished off 2 chemo treatments in the past little over 2 weeks now. The port is helping a lot now so it goes a lot more smoother than it used to. The doctor can't find obvious lumps on/in me anymore so that's a really good sign! I'll be getting a P.E.T. scan next month to find out if it's already gone or not. Regardless, I still have to go through a full 12 treatments and won't be done until late May.

The only bad part so far is that my nausea is getting progressively worse. It takes so very little to get me worked up. Just being reminded of anything to do with treatment is just... bleeeeehhh. It could be as little as the word, or looking at my backpack I take with me every time, heck even the letter "C" is a reminder. I should take my anti-nausea medication but it's getting difficult to swallow them since they too remind me of the whole thing and all I can do is gag. Not fun. The nurse says it's very common though and it is called "anticipatory nausea".


In other news, my tablet is dying. D: I think the cord is getting loose and worn down so the connection is bad. Ugggh.

Been working on my glass fusing class. I still need to take a picture of the cherry blossom 2 panel stained glass piece I finished months ago, just waiting for a good photo-opportunity to do so. The frit - fused butterfly plate was submitted to the college's annual juried art exhibition. I won't know if I won anything until Feb. 23rd, the Thursday before my birthday.

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This artist demonstrates fluidity of the depth of gorgeous colors. This gives it a lot of emotion and unique styling.


The Empress v2 by ProdigyBombayAkari by ProdigyBombaySasuke Uchiha by ProdigyBombay

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Third Chemo and Artsies

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 19, 2012, 8:48 AM
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Had my third chemotherapy treatment. The port installation was installed and this was the first time trying this out. It failed the first time and I felt the needle (probably because I didn't have enough lidocaine cream and put it on late). Got it in the second time, then I was set to go. Talked to the Oncologist, so now I'm set up to have a PET scan in March to check to see the progress of my cancer. It might be gone by then, but regardless, the chemotherapy will continue through until May 23rd to help make sure it stays away.


Making progress on the butterfly / moth tutorial. Working on finishing this tricky butterfly, then I have 2 moths to do, then some content building, and then I'm done. C:

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Strong sense of continuity, beauty and grace is all I can really say about katarina-san's artwork. Strong fluid-like use of color and line to create characters and stories that are really awe-inspiring.

the blade of grass by katarineass vampire rose by katarineaumbrella by katarinea

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  • Listening to: Stephanie Miller
  • Eating: Going to eat Culver's &lt;3
  • Drinking: Water

Second Chemo, Surgery, Hair and Artsies

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 8, 2012, 10:46 PM
Well.... had my second chemotherapy treatment last Wednesday. It really didn't go over well... the nurse who tried to put in the IV the first time failed. A second nurse came in and tried and it was at least 5x's more painful. After they said "OK got it!", I heard a "Ooh it's a live one!". Out of curiosity.... I turned my head and saw blood spurting out of my arm, trickling down my hand, and then puddling on the floor. I nearly fainted right there.

It was at that moment I finally gave in to the notion they've been pressing on me for weeks, to get the surgery to implant a port. The port allows them easier and a lot more painless access to my bigger veins. Namely one just above the heart. They can both draw blood and put in the chemo medicine through it. It's a temporary implant, and it will be removed after the chemotherapy is finished. But considering the last time I went in for a supposedly "simple operation", I'm more than nervous. It would have been scheduled for the next day but I begged my mom to let me have some time to come to terms with getting this surgery and postpone until early the following week. So this is scheduled for Tuesday Jan. 10th at 10:30am.

Just as I was hoping I might have the slimmest chance of being in the 5-10% of people who don't lose their hair from my particular type of chemo since it was supposed to start falling out a bit earlier.... my hair started to fall out today. It has been more depressing than I thought it would be. Probably going to get my hair cut super short later this week to reduce the trauma of having big chunks of hair come out at once. The nausea has been starting to affect me more now too, I don't know why. It may have something to do with not eating often enough, it just destroys my appetite most of the time.


On the last note... been trying to rev-myself up to do some art. One of these days I've love to finish the How to Draw: Moths and Butterflies Part 2, but I seem to constantly get distracted from all this.


Wish me luck everyone, I know I'll need it...


-Mysticalpchan

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Strong sense of continuity, beauty and grace is all I can really say about katarina-san's artwork. Strong fluid-like use of color and line to create characters and stories that are really awe-inspiring.

the blade of grass by katarineass vampire rose by katarineaumbrella by katarinea

  • Mood: Worried
  • Listening to: Sleepthief
  • Eating: Nothing, but should eat something....
  • Drinking: Nothing, but should drink something....