Monday will be just a minute old where the servers are located when the next round of upgrades begin. Due to the extensive amount of work planned during this round I can not predict when the site will be 100% online but don't expect it soon.
Updates will be posted to this blog as things become available to use again, and finally when upgrades have ceased.
Anyone who has taken a peek at the Gallery since it came back online has likely already noticed it looks dramatically different. In the next few weeks the majority of the site will follow.
What does this mean exactly? It means security as outdated software is upgraded to current versions. It means functions you may have considered vital or convenient may disappear for a period of time or permanently, it all depends on what will or won't cooperate with the upgraded software. And while we will likely lose functions here and there, others will be gained.
Though software will be changed out quickly as can be there will be unavoidable downtime in the future as things are changed out; both in order to have a solid backup of affected systems before each upgrade and to ensure said upgrade progresses as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. Due to the speed we must undertake this everything won't quite be polished. This means the appearance you see the site take over the next few weeks is not likely to be it's final appearance for this new build.
There will be bugs. There will be kinks. More than likely many will take some time to resolve with me dealing with the challenges life has thrown my way. I appreciate your patience in advance.
The 'A Little Bit of Girl Time' Short Story Collection was created with two purposes in mind: to provide quality transformation and transgender content and to act as a fundraiser for the Rachel's Haven community. In the past two months twelve authors endeavored to create as many stories. Each story was edited by the publisher, a cover created, and compiled as an ebook for easy access anywhere someone might be. Each author gave their work freely so that all the proceeds from any sales would benefit Rachel's Haven.
For those unaware, Rachel had a full body MRI last week. Today we learned not only has the ovarian tumor gotten worse but they also have reason to believe another tumor is forming in her breast. It is believed this is again the ovarian cancer migrating to the breast as it's known to do. In order to confirm that diagnosis Rachel will be having a mammogram next week and a biopsy has been scheduled for the following week in case the mammogram confirms the existence of a tumor.
As for treatment the only decision made thus far is surgery to remove as much of the tumors as possible again while checking for signs they metastasized. She's still lacking confidence in her oncologist and hoping to find a way to visit at least one of the specialty clinics, but after nine months we have not been able to make the trip happen financially. Research has led to several options to help with travel expenses once she's receiving treatment, but on a first visit it's considered to be in the diagnosis stage and all options leave the costs fully on the patient.
Understandably her spirit is a bit broken at the moment, even though she was expecting this. Over the past month I've beefed up the Amazon Wishlist a bit for anyone looking to try to put a smile on her face. As always, there's always gift cards (gas cards for Chevron/Texaco/Arco/Shell/Valero, Safeway, Best Buy, Kohls, Barnes and Noble, Target, or Amazon.com) to let her choose something or even just help us redirect some funds from something like groceries to getting her treatment. Gas cards may even be used for the travel expenses directly.
If you want her to carry a reminder that you're with her in this battle, you may want to consider sending an addition for her charm bracelet. The bracelet goes to every doctor's appointment, every blood draw, every chemotherapy, every hospitalization. The one time we forgot it she made me turn around so we could get it even though it meant we were late checking in.
I'll try working out alternative ways to send funds if anyone would like to help with travel expenses. For right now though there's always the standard Haven donation options. In addition, anyone can purchase a gift certificate on Haven Bookworks. Ballpark based on her research last year when she started exploring her options I'd say the first trip may likely cost around $1500 for travel related expenses to 1 clinic and $2500 for the other.