Alternate page title: "How to be an Awesome Trans Ally" by Emily R. Caston.
Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.
Just in case anyone still hasn't gotten the memo, I'm just going to repeat this one last time: I've learned recently that I have testicular cancer. The good things are that this is extremely curable, and getting it removed will actually be something of a blessing anyway. The bad things are that I've been spending a lot of time calling doctors, getting tests done, making appointments for other tests to be done, and when I get a free moment, I'm not really feeling up for drawing. So I think there's unfortunately going to be a hiatus starting now. I want take my time and just focus on what needs to be done for this, and not stress myself out trying to make page deadlines at the same time.
Unfortunately, this is cutting into the middle of a chapter, and for that I'm sorry. The hiatus may be a long one, going until I get this thing removed and am recovered and ready to start drawing again (and at this time, I can't even guess when that will be). I will keep you posted in the meantime, and maybe try to casually do a few non-plot things if I feel up for it.
Other than that, I'm trying to keep a good attitude and a sense of humor, so I would appreciate it if you all did too. And I suppose I'll leave the donation link here too if anyone who's able to help still would like to (don't beat yourself up if you can't though). Just keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and I think we'll be through this in no time.
I like her!
Well, I would have worded a couple of things differently. It doesn't not matter BECAUSE she's transgender, it wouldn't matter if she was cisgender either. But still, Emily is awesome ^_^
Good luck with the treatment <3
I'm so sad to hear that Jocelyn, I hope everything goes well and you get better soon. Take some time off, rest, we'll wait for you to return when you feel it's alright!
Take your time getting all these medical things done and do it properly. Do not worry about satiating our hunger for your comic, instead focus on getting better, and then take all the time you need to get, and feel better.
Now for this comic..... Speak the truth to this nonbeleiva! More and more I want Rain and Emily to be together. She has been the most supportive of Rain so far.
Take care, Jocelyn! I'm so sorry to hear about your condition. Seeing everything you've done, I know you're an amazing person so I know you'll pull through. :)
And, again, Kellen's lines are exactly the right (wrong!) thing to say. How are you so perfect at writing beautifully awkward dialogue?
Pow! Right in the ten-ring!
Don't worry - we can wait till you're all better for more cartoons. Get well!
I cannot love Emily enough right now!
Also I want to say my thoughts are with you, all the best with your journey with treatment!
First time commenting, and I just wanted to say I really hope the treatment gets you fully clear and that all recovery is swift.
I mean I guess if you had to pick a kind of cancer to get in your case that's a silver lining. But seriously, I will miss the comics but personal life always comes first.
Might not be a bad idea to put up an entry explaining that though, as not everyone reads the description and might not notice why the comic went on hiatus.
Sorry that you've had such bad news, I hope that you will be better soon.
Does this also mean there won't be one of your annual TDOR pieces this year?
I would still like to do a TDoR piece, but I guess we'll see how things go.
For that matter, I'd like to do another Coming-Out Day piece too, but that's tomorrow and all I've got is an idea in my head. So it probably won't be happening. Not this year anyway. TDoR, I'll still strive for though. I've got a fair bit of time for that.
@LittleLynn84: This page is *so* full of win! :)
Funny enough, I didn't like Emily at first. I thought she was only being nice to Rain so she could get some sort of revenge for her "perfect" year being ruined. But she's turned out to be a really amazing person. :)
A transwoman with testicular cancer... Is... is that ironic? A woman in a male's body whose genitals are literally killing them? At least of all the parts/organs this cancer may lose for you, it'll be the least missed.
I hope that didn't sound insensitive, I just found it interesting. My mother had breast cancer, and had to get a double mastectomy. That was pretty hard on her (and those close to her). I have the utmost sympathies.
Regardless, I wish you all the best. Take all the time you need. Better not to wear yourself out, or half-ass the story. We'll be patient, promise.
@Luvbster: I wouldn't call it ironic, so much as convenient.
1. Emily's replies are great!
2. My mom had most of her intestines removed in the 1960s due to cancer and she died this year of old age. Medicine has improved a lot since her surgery, so there really is hope!
3. I like the alternate title better.
Not sure which I want to do more: hug Emily or smack Kellen. And wow....for irl stuff that kind of really sucks in its own right. Good luck!
I just wanted to repeat that I hope you get well soon, Ms. Jocelyn, and that I hope you kick its ass!
Also, take as long as you need, we all like the comic, but we like you even more, so don't rush your recovery on account of us.
I hope you get well soon! I'll definitely pray for you!
You are in my prayers! I hope this passes quickly and without any hiccups.
Did you know there is a major league baseball player named Ryan Flaherty? I was watching a game and saw him come up to bat and was like. WHAAAAAT
@Barrage7667: Too bad he plays for the Orioles... http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=475247
Emily, the sister (perhaps more, but no less) Rain deserves.
You can definitely hear the tonality resemblance in her lecture to Fara's own loving ones, so you can definitely see their relationship. (Which Kellen, like many others both in-comic and out, may think is stronger than that.)
1. Take care of your health
2. Take care of the rest of your life
n. This wonderful comic.
It is obvious to me that Kellen needs to stop being so ignorant to the fact that her "little bro" is now her "little sis." I get that she's only known Rain as her little brother for so long, but that really isn't an excuse if Aiken is obviously trying so hard to make things right with Rain. Kellen could learn a thing or two from Aiken. Plus, the fact that Aiken has had plenty of time to prepare Kellen for this weekend says something about her character. I hope she shapes up like Aiken did.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It can't be over! Where's the 'next' button? :<
I've just spent like 3 or 4 hours going through the whole archive and now I've reached the end and don't know what to do about myself.. :<
No, really, this thing is great. I love it. Will come back for more for sure :)
Yay for the multi-colored flags \^^/
That is dire indeed, don't worry about us over here, any length of time waiting will only make the rest sweeter. And we would never want the comic to become a burden on you when it is such a delight for us. Take as long as you need, and may everything go smoothly! All the best-Jazmin
I hope you get this cancer thing under control--that's really serious. Take all the time off you need; your health is more important than anything.
Best of luck with your treatment! No worries about the hiatus, health comes first!
Aaand losing hope for Kellen...
I'm surprised. Based on the very little we've seen of Kellen before a few chapters ago, I thought she wouldn't be so... IDK what the word for it is.
Emily is a good friend. Also, I hope everything went okay with your surgery, Jocelyn.