I'm a storyteller. I say truths.
I don't mince words, I smith them.
So here's my story so far ..
raw, real and true. In spoken word and song..
All my life, I’ve been offered risky treatments over safer alternatives because they’re more efficient and cost effective and profitable for the powers-that-be. Now I'm recovering from cancer. The status quo treatments and surveillance are riskier still. Apparently, “Do no harm” often falls outside the current standard of care.
Now I'm realizing why I'm tumour free and less well..
Dangerously anemic, nauseous and in more pain. Plucking out this tumour, at best, bought me more time to heal my body's distress and weakened defenses.. The things that allowed me to get cancer and endometriosis in the first place. Eradicating the symptoms cannot cure the disease. Worse yet, drugs (and "treatments") can often make the underlying problems worse.
For years, before the cancer diagnosis, I was very ill and denying my body's knowledge that I needed to live a slower, greener... Wiser life. Cancer was my wake up call. Now I'm realizing that my life depends on making some fundamental, long lasting change. Breaking ways with the status quo survival mode. And reclaiming Sovereignty over my body, my health care and my life.
I need to re-member now, to thrive.. Not someday, but this day. I realize now that there can be no music without strong roots. At least, not the kind of music I'm meant to sing. The song that endures; that sustains, needs a sustainable voice. That, comes from a sustainable life.
So with an exhausted body, little resources and fragile faith, I'm offering what I have to give - the thing I do best - as a trade:
The resources to get to the bottom of what's making me so sick. And a 3-month sabbatical from the rat-paced routine of diagnostics, doctors visits and the urban daily grind... Time and space to exhale, collect my thoughts, re-member my body and Resurrect My Song.
A new live show! 3 new songs + 3 "new" covers + 3 spoken word joints. Peformed live and recorded for release.
My goal covers about $10 000 of debt for tests and treatments not covered by Ontario health insurance. Plus $10 000 for the healthcare, travel and living costs of relocating from my sick building and mounting my new show. If every person who's ever received the gift of my writing, music and spoken word were to to give just $5, my healthcare costs would be covered.
$5 can make a huge difference today.
Can't swing $5? (...Really?) Sign this petition for free.
Here's to Resurrection Songs.
A Million Thank Yous,
n i k i a n d r e
a star does not expect
to be enveloped
she illuminates it
P.S... Given the overwhelming stuff that's been going down,
I AM OFFLINE
and will be checking this page and my website bi-weekly (every other week) . If you have my phone number, please call (rather than message or text). And please be patient with me about getting a reply.
Thanks for understanding,
____________________________M Y W I S H L I S T !__________________________
Go Fund Me wants photos and pricetags to post an "official" wish list but nothing I want comes with a handy snapshot and many items, on my list, are priceless:
- first, do no harm
- the sovereignty (and resources) to make informed decisions on how to feed, treat and nurture my body
- a preventative standard of care
- runs for the cause
- coverage for cancer treatments/screenings that are not a cancer risk!!!
- ...like early detection for pre-cancerous activity
- and alternatives to mammograms that do not involve radiation (also a cancer risk)
- a CTC (circulating tumour cell) test ($1000 CAD), CSC (cancer stem cell) test ($1000 CAD) and cancer sensitivity test ($3000 - 6000 CAD) to figure out what inhibits this unique cancer best (every cancer is unique. pulling cancer cells from your blood allows you to test how it responds to potential treatments )
- a return to non-toxic, naturally occurring (ie non patentable) medicine.
- the end of one-size-fits-all health "care" (it doesn't fit, actually..)
- a government implemented cancer prevention strategy... to end the "war on cancer"
-Treatments that "kill cancer; not people"
- public discussion on epigenetics
Okay, these wishes do come with handy pics and (relatively) modest pricetags. Have some old tech kicking around that you can donate or sell? Please reach out! I'm on a tight budget for mounting the show and looking for some quality used/refurbished gear. More deets to follow. We're still figuring out the full rig (mics, loopers etc).
-iCP9V - 9V 18W Power Adapter
- 1 XLR (cable)
-USB to lightning docking cable.