Hey, Kat Sheridan here, stealing Sia’s blog for the day. Well, not really “stealing”. It’s for a good
Regular readers of Over Coffee know the reason the blog is a bit dusty and cob-webby right now is because Sia McKye is dealing with breast cancer and the kill-you-to-cure-you nastiness of chemotherapy. That stuff will knock the pins out from under even the strongest person (and Sia is one of the strongest, most unrelentingly optimistic people I know!)
Cancer treatments have a lot of nasty side effects. And one of the nastiest is the over-the-moon high costs of treatment. Sia has shared some numbers with me, and I’m pretty sure we could get a beach house on Waikiki and a couple of zippy convertibles for what this costs. Sia has great insurance, but it doesn’t pay for everything. She has one more chemo treatment to go. A month of radiation (one a day, 5 days a week, for a month). A year of Herceptin (every three weeks until November). Here’s what she told me about her share so far: “I could build a finished (electricity & insulated) attached two bay garage and a new barn with my share.”
In spite of all this, Sia continues to read and post reviews on Facebook when she’s feeling well enough (and sometimes when she’s not). Sia has been a good friend to authors and bloggers from the very beginning, generous with reviews and space here on her blog. She’s paid it forward.
Now it’s time for us to pay it back.
Mutual good friend and angel-in-disguise Wendy Christy started a GoFundMe account for Sia. Yes, I’m hitting you up for something, but not necessarily money (although money would be AWESOME!) Here’s the link to Sia’s account: https://www.gofundme.com/ddnxhu8k . As you can see, she has a long way to go to make the goal.
We ALL want Sia well and back to her sassy self, right here on this blog. Here are some ways you can help (and most of them are free!)
- Donate to her GoFundMe account. It doesn’t have to be a lot. The price of a cup of coffee. Maybe a day or a week’s profit from a book Sia featured on her blog for you. Don’t let the bigger donations already there intimidate you. $5 counts as much as $500.
- I know many of you are bloggers with popular blogs. If you have the time, space, or inclination, please mention this GoFundMe on your own blogs. Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, wherever you hang out in the cyberworld.
- This one is the most important: In the comments below, offer an encouraging word to Sia. Tell her how she made a difference to you. She’s having a super rough time right now. And while you’re at it, offer a kind word to her husband, Dan, and her son, Jake, who have been awesome, amazing caretakers. I think the most comments she’s had on a blog post is around 70. Can we top that?
And the link once more for our sassy Sia: https://www.gofundme.com/ddnxhu8k
BONUS BONUS BONUS
Some of you know I write back cover copy/product descriptions for authors at my web site, BlurbCopy (http://blurbcopy.com/) From now until April 30th, 2016, if you sign up for a blurb and mention Sia in the Additional Info section of the work order, I'll give you a $5 discount (normally $35, so it will only be $30) AND I'll make a $5 donation to the GoFundMe account. Work orders must be submitted by no later than April 30th.