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What is ItDoesNotHaveMe all about?

ItDoesNotHaveMe is an awareness group on deviantART started by opioid after unexpected but incredibly positive feedback for her Lyme Disease article on dA's editorial news. It is a place where artists coping with illness--either physical or mental, their own or a loved one's--can seek out a headquarters for awareness and expression.

Submissions to the group's gallery should be directly related to an illness or condition. There must be a mention of this illness or condition in the Artist's Comments.
Hello! AlanRalph here. :wave:

My thanks to Tanya (RockstarVanity) for letting me take up the reins of this Group, and to Allison (opioid) the original Founder. I'm pleased to count them amongst my friends. :)

I'm no stranger to online support groups, having been involved with Circleoffriends, one of the very first such groups, since 2004.

I'm also no stranger to illness. :hmm: In late 2007, I started experiencing a series of medical issues - arthritic-like pain in my joints, permanently congested sinuses, blood when I blew my nose, partial hearing loss in one ear. By the summer of 2008, I could only walk with great difficulty and much pain. After much analysis, including MRI scans, blood tests, urine samples and chest X-rays, I was eventually diagnosed with Wegener's Syndrome (now renamed to Granulomatosis Poly-Anginis or GPA), a rare condition similar to Lupus and ME that causes the immune system to agressively attack the body. In my case, it was making my red blood cells super-size, leading to damage anywhere where the veins are narrowest - the extremities, major joints, lungs, liver, kidneys, sinuses.

After about 3 years of treatment with steroids and other medication, including two courses of mild chemotherapy, my condition finally went into remission. Alas, there isn't a cure as such, nor much knowledge of what causes GPA to occur. So I remain on medication to this day to keep my immune system under control, and have regular blood tests to check my status. Once my immune system finally settles down, I can start reducing my medication and move to a milder, less frequent treatment. (This last part is important, because my current medication does have some potential side-effects if used long-term.)

Today, the only visible sign of my illness is a slight deformation in my nose, where the cartilage was damaged. I have a little bit of ringing in the ear that was affected, although I can hear OK.

OK, enough about me. I've done a little spring-cleaning in the Group, mainly to remove some deactivated accounts from the membership roll. I'd also like to take this opportunity to talk about the rules for this Group, going forward.

  1. You're welcome to submit your artwork, photography or literature to the Group's Gallery, as long as it's related to the subject of illness - mental, physical, your own or someone else's. This is a place for support, not pageviews.
  2. If you wish to make a request anonymously, for whatever reason, you may Note me either directly or via the Group. All correspondence will be treated in strict confidence.
  3. Please be respectful and polite to one another. Any abuse or drama that you bring in here will see you removed and/or banned.
  4. Above all, don't be shy! We all have something to share about pain, fear, uncertainty, frustration - and we all gain from the joy of good news, recovery and rehabilitation. In the words of one of my favourite authors, Spider Robinson - "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy."

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment with your thoughts.

ItDoesNotHaveMe is now in the capable hands of the lovely AlanRalph, assisted by new Contributor Medoriko. Please be patient while they make any necessary adjustments to the group.

:heart: RockstarVanity
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Your-Demon-Servant Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for making this group. :)
AlanRalph Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Your-Demon-Servant Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It may help a lot of people like me. I appreciate your support for others  who struggle with their disabilities and diseases. :)
originalkitten Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alan am I already a member here? If not how do I join?
AlanRalph Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Apparently, you're already a member, according to dA. :hmm:
originalkitten Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh cool. I thought I was but wasn't too sure. You know me lol :hug:
AnythingBtOrdinary Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey so I'm sort of new here (just joined this group a couple of days ago). Most of my writing is about addiction (cutting, anorexia,)/mental illness (sometimes I feel like ADD/ADHD is a mental illness) or somewhere in the mental illness category (Do people consider ADD/ADHD to be a mental illness?). I submitted a lot of my work and am just waiting for it to be accepted in the meantime please check it out beforehand!:)
DeadlySilent Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014

For the fourth time in a year, I will be partaking in the 26th Annual AIDS Walk Kansas City which is to be held on April 26th. I have set a goal of $3000, for which I would dearly love to meet or even break. The AIDS Walks are of great importance to me and I will explain why. A friend who was like a brother to me, lost his battle with AIDS, the love of my life lost his battle with AIDS the 2nd of this month, my best friend whom I love with all my heart is HIV+ and the love of my life's brother is HIV+.

I made a vow to my beloved Nik on his death bed, that if it's the last thing I do on this earth, this disease will cease to exist. I intend to see this through. I will not stop until one is found.

On that note, I am providing the webpage and asking one and all to please make a contribution. No amount is too big or small. I understand that times are tough, really tough, but please put yourselves in my shoes and try to see it from my side of things. if anybody would be willing to make a contribution the webpage is…

If you decide to make a contribution and want to mail it in the address is as follows:

 AIDS Walk Kansas City
315 Lawrence Avenue P.O. Box 32192
Kansas City, Missouri 64171

All Checks Or Money Orders should be made out to AIDS Walk Kansas City

If you mail in a contribution please include a note or put on the memo for Lynette Murry's goal.

farand Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
jenepooh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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