Cancer and all the other shit

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Cancer And All The Other Shit

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Hi, I’m a cancer kid. I go by the name of Lauren Wepa. It was February 2013 when cancer became part of my life. I was 20 years old  – two months from hitting the big two-one – and it ruined everything. Cancer really is a bitch like that. When it drops by, everything stops for it. Not only does it attack the body, but it has the power to isolate people as well. 

     

Talking about cancer is tough and will test you. However talking is one of the small things that helps us feel normal – whatever that is. Just like a balloon, all it takes is one breath to begin to fill the awkward silence. I have written and designed a book that is a permission slip from a cancer patient to family and friends to talk. We all know cancer's a bitch, so why not bitch about it? 

Cancer and all the other shit is a book for people who know someone with cancer. It is written and designed and all set to go to the printer. And now I need your help. My publishers need your pledges to help pay for a good-sized print run to ensure everyone who really needs and wants this book gets a copy (and there are a number already!) That's my dream. 

The publishers are Mākaro Press, Wellington, the people behind the award-winning The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland. The wonderful CanTeen provided the seed funding to kick the project off. Mākaro Press and CanTeen have been working with me since the start of the year to get the book ready for publication, and we're excited it's nearly there.

 

I also have a rugby field of people who've supported me and my book since I first started working on it as part of my design degree at Massey. You can read about that journey here. It's changed a bit since then, but the vision I had is still intact. The book is being launched as part of the opening season of The Quiet Room by Renee Liang at Bats Theatre, Wellington – a play about a young woman with cancer. 

ISBN 978-0-9941172-7-4

published by Mākaro Press
52pp, full-colour paperback, 145 x 205mm 
$20 in bookshops and online (after the launch)

[email protected] 
www.makaropress.co.nz 
Release: 26 September

IF YOU CAN'T COMMIT THROUGH PLEDGEME THEN WHY NOT BUY A PRE-LAUNCH COPY ON THE MĀKARO WEBSITE? MUCH APPRECIATED. WWW.MAKAROPRESS.CO.NZ

 

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One hundred and two pledgers and we've done it!!!

20/09/2015 at 10:20 AM

Oh frabjous day calloo callay!!! $2,843 raised towards the printing of Lauren's book. Thank you to Lauren's family and friends and supporters – those who know Lauren, know her through our press, or who have just happened upon our PledgeMe campaign and decided to give her their support. THANK YOU!!!! We have big orders coming in from oncology nurses already on top of all the individual orders we've had through pledges and online sales. Your pledges have helped Cancer and all the other shit get out there to be read and shared. Just brilliant. You're our heroes. Mary and Paul and Lauren. p.s. and thanks for all the supportive messages! See those of you who can be there at the launch next Saturday 26 September, 6 pm, at BATS Theatre, Wellington. 

Two days to go!

18/09/2015 at 6:50 AM

Hard to believe, but it's only two days until our PledgeMe campaign closes, and we are well over our goal with 95 separate pledges! Lauren has the books in her hands, and we have a pile of books in the office waiting to go out to you all, and the books at the warehouse in Auckland are starting to make their way to bookshops around the country. We have to until a couple of days after the campaign closes to get the pledge details and addresses – and then we have to hang fire again until Lauren gets to town and she can start signing books and balloons. After that they can all wing their way to you or wait to be picked up at the launch. If you are in a bookshop and don't find Lauren's book on display, ask if they've thought of ordering it in – say how fab it is – and encourage your friends and family to do the same. All the information is up on the internet for them to find. Let's get this book out there!! Mary and Paul, Mākaro Press

91 pledgers, $700 over our goal, 4 days to go.

15/09/2015 at 10:24 PM

We are blown away. Ninety-one pledgers! Thank you all for coming, for giving so generously, for believing in us, and for leaving such wonderful messages. Un-be-liev-able. THANK YOU. 

They've arrived!

13/09/2015 at 8:23 AM

Cancer and all the other shit arrives
 
Hi team, its Lauren here! BREAKING NEWS: we’ve received the books from the printer! I have’t seen them yet but Mary my publisher tells me that there are a couple on their way up to me in Auckland. To be honest I’m a little nervous as I don’t want to disappoint you or all those cancer patients out there that this is for.
 
Keep an eye out on my Facebook and instagram (laurenwepa) for visual updates -- when the book gets to me, I'll give you some inside peeks. #SneakPeek. 
 
We won't be able to send your books and balloons and posters out until the weekend of the launch, but you'll get them before the end of the month! 
 
So since we’ve reached the target I’ve been working on supporting graphics for the publicity and launch details ... a launch that's happening all thanks to your generosity and support. I might even see you there. Sept 26 and 6 pm, BATS Theatre, Wellington. cheers, Lauren. 
 

We're still TRENDING

09/09/2015 at 5:39 PM

The generosity of all you wonderful people is unbelievable. 'Thank you' doesn't cut it. THANK YOU A MILLION GAZILLION BAZILLION TIMES OVER does. We have gone more than $400 over the amount we were campaigning for, which is incredible.

Completing the campaign and raising $1800 meant we could press the print button on 300 books in time for the launch on 26 September – they are on their way to us now! yeeha! – and when we've sent them to our fabulous pledgers and off to the bookshops and sold them at the launch, we can now print more straight away without having to wait for the proceeds from the first sales to filter through (this can take four months). This is more than we'd hoped for. 

In short, this wonderful no-holds-barred book about talking to people with cancer will get to the people who need it and want it. It could change lives.

THANK YOU, GAZILLIONLY!! And here's an invitation to the launch. 

Lauren, Mary and Paul. 

 

 

We've done it!!!!!

04/09/2015 at 11:31 AM

Yusss!!! Awesome work everyone. We've made it with 16 days to go. THANK YOU to all our fantastic pledgers and to PLedgeMe for this wonderful platform. Keep telling people about our campaign, won't you? We can always use any extra raised to get this book out with a SPLASH. Yahoo!! Lauren (ecstatic author) and Mary and Paul (very happy publishers) 

Thanks for your support and here's a poster

02/09/2015 at 3:18 PM

Hi Lauren here! Thank you SO MUCH everyone for all your messages of support – it's nerve-wracking putting out a book, and now it's so much easier knowing you're all behind me. Here's one of the posters I've designed. There are still a few left as rewards, and a lot of books and balloons! So PLEASE pass the word on via Twitter and Facebook. Here's a bit.ly you can use: LAUREN

 

Over a third of the way there

31/08/2015 at 8:10 PM

We're crazily delighted that we're over a third of the way to our goal, and grateful for the incredible generosity of all our pledgers, as well as the encouraging comments. Your confidence in us is a huge boost after months working on this book, and seeing the pledges come in is really exciting. Thank you! And please send the PledgeMe link to everyone you know who might be interested in helping us reach our goal. cheers Lauren W, and Mary and Paul of Mākaro Press. 

    Pledgers 102

    Martin and Colleen Wepa
    2015-08-30 17:04:24 +1200

    "You have done an amazing job! So proud of your achievement."

    Ginni Kaur
    2015-08-30 16:52:33 +1200

    "Go Lauren!"

    Ihaia Swann
    2015-08-30 15:56:13 +1200

    "Ka pai Lauren, can't wait for the read!"

    Rachel Knight
    2015-08-30 15:56:02 +1200

    "This is fab. Well done - I can't wait :)"

    Shang-Poh Yu
    2015-08-30 15:51:31 +1200

    "Go Lauren, boo cancer."

    Katie Ramlose
    2015-08-30 15:42:20 +1200
    James Allen
    2015-08-30 15:37:33 +1200
    Ashleigh van Graan
    2015-08-30 15:17:45 +1200

    "Proud of you girl! <3"

    Annabel de Nys-Farrell
    2015-08-30 15:00:30 +1200
    Jamie Trower
    2015-08-30 12:57:43 +1200
    Helen Rickerby
    2015-08-30 12:55:26 +1200
    Robyn Cooper
    2015-08-27 17:29:06 +1200

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    Followers of Cancer and all the other shit

    Cancer And All The Other Shit

    Project 2015-08-24 00:18:53 +1200

    Hi, I’m a cancer kid. I go by the name of Lauren Wepa. It was February 2013 when cancer became part of my life. I was 20 years old  – two months from hitting the big two-one – and it ruined everything. Cancer really is a bitch like that. When it drops by, everything stops for it. Not only does it attack the body, but it has the power to isolate people as well. 

         

    Talking about cancer is tough and will test you. However talking is one of the small things that helps us feel normal – whatever that is. Just like a balloon, all it takes is one breath to begin to fill the awkward silence. I have written and designed a book that is a permission slip from a cancer patient to family and friends to talk. We all know cancer's a bitch, so why not bitch about it? 

    Cancer and all the other shit is a book for people who know someone with cancer. It is written and designed and all set to go to the printer. And now I need your help. My publishers need your pledges to help pay for a good-sized print run to ensure everyone who really needs and wants this book gets a copy (and there are a number already!) That's my dream. 

    The publishers are Mākaro Press, Wellington, the people behind the award-winning The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland. The wonderful CanTeen provided the seed funding to kick the project off. Mākaro Press and CanTeen have been working with me since the start of the year to get the book ready for publication, and we're excited it's nearly there.

     

    I also have a rugby field of people who've supported me and my book since I first started working on it as part of my design degree at Massey. You can read about that journey here. It's changed a bit since then, but the vision I had is still intact. The book is being launched as part of the opening season of The Quiet Room by Renee Liang at Bats Theatre, Wellington – a play about a young woman with cancer. 

    ISBN 978-0-9941172-7-4

    published by Mākaro Press
    52pp, full-colour paperback, 145 x 205mm 
    $20 in bookshops and online (after the launch)

    [email protected] 
    www.makaropress.co.nz 
    Release: 26 September

    IF YOU CAN'T COMMIT THROUGH PLEDGEME THEN WHY NOT BUY A PRE-LAUNCH COPY ON THE MĀKARO WEBSITE? MUCH APPRECIATED. WWW.MAKAROPRESS.CO.NZ

     

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    One hundred and two pledgers and we've done it!!!

    20/09/2015 at 10:20 AM

    Oh frabjous day calloo callay!!! $2,843 raised towards the printing of Lauren's book. Thank you to Lauren's family and friends and supporters – those who know Lauren, know her through our press, or who have just happened upon our PledgeMe campaign and decided to give her their support. THANK YOU!!!! We have big orders coming in from oncology nurses already on top of all the individual orders we've had through pledges and online sales. Your pledges have helped Cancer and all the other shit get out there to be read and shared. Just brilliant. You're our heroes. Mary and Paul and Lauren. p.s. and thanks for all the supportive messages! See those of you who can be there at the launch next Saturday 26 September, 6 pm, at BATS Theatre, Wellington. 

    Two days to go!

    18/09/2015 at 6:50 AM

    Hard to believe, but it's only two days until our PledgeMe campaign closes, and we are well over our goal with 95 separate pledges! Lauren has the books in her hands, and we have a pile of books in the office waiting to go out to you all, and the books at the warehouse in Auckland are starting to make their way to bookshops around the country. We have to until a couple of days after the campaign closes to get the pledge details and addresses – and then we have to hang fire again until Lauren gets to town and she can start signing books and balloons. After that they can all wing their way to you or wait to be picked up at the launch. If you are in a bookshop and don't find Lauren's book on display, ask if they've thought of ordering it in – say how fab it is – and encourage your friends and family to do the same. All the information is up on the internet for them to find. Let's get this book out there!! Mary and Paul, Mākaro Press

    91 pledgers, $700 over our goal, 4 days to go.

    15/09/2015 at 10:24 PM

    We are blown away. Ninety-one pledgers! Thank you all for coming, for giving so generously, for believing in us, and for leaving such wonderful messages. Un-be-liev-able. THANK YOU. 

    They've arrived!

    13/09/2015 at 8:23 AM

    Cancer and all the other shit arrives
     
    Hi team, its Lauren here! BREAKING NEWS: we’ve received the books from the printer! I have’t seen them yet but Mary my publisher tells me that there are a couple on their way up to me in Auckland. To be honest I’m a little nervous as I don’t want to disappoint you or all those cancer patients out there that this is for.
     
    Keep an eye out on my Facebook and instagram (laurenwepa) for visual updates -- when the book gets to me, I'll give you some inside peeks. #SneakPeek. 
     
    We won't be able to send your books and balloons and posters out until the weekend of the launch, but you'll get them before the end of the month! 
     
    So since we’ve reached the target I’ve been working on supporting graphics for the publicity and launch details ... a launch that's happening all thanks to your generosity and support. I might even see you there. Sept 26 and 6 pm, BATS Theatre, Wellington. cheers, Lauren. 
     

    We're still TRENDING

    09/09/2015 at 5:39 PM

    The generosity of all you wonderful people is unbelievable. 'Thank you' doesn't cut it. THANK YOU A MILLION GAZILLION BAZILLION TIMES OVER does. We have gone more than $400 over the amount we were campaigning for, which is incredible.

    Completing the campaign and raising $1800 meant we could press the print button on 300 books in time for the launch on 26 September – they are on their way to us now! yeeha! – and when we've sent them to our fabulous pledgers and off to the bookshops and sold them at the launch, we can now print more straight away without having to wait for the proceeds from the first sales to filter through (this can take four months). This is more than we'd hoped for. 

    In short, this wonderful no-holds-barred book about talking to people with cancer will get to the people who need it and want it. It could change lives.

    THANK YOU, GAZILLIONLY!! And here's an invitation to the launch. 

    Lauren, Mary and Paul. 

     

     

    We've done it!!!!!

    04/09/2015 at 11:31 AM

    Yusss!!! Awesome work everyone. We've made it with 16 days to go. THANK YOU to all our fantastic pledgers and to PLedgeMe for this wonderful platform. Keep telling people about our campaign, won't you? We can always use any extra raised to get this book out with a SPLASH. Yahoo!! Lauren (ecstatic author) and Mary and Paul (very happy publishers) 

    Thanks for your support and here's a poster

    02/09/2015 at 3:18 PM

    Hi Lauren here! Thank you SO MUCH everyone for all your messages of support – it's nerve-wracking putting out a book, and now it's so much easier knowing you're all behind me. Here's one of the posters I've designed. There are still a few left as rewards, and a lot of books and balloons! So PLEASE pass the word on via Twitter and Facebook. Here's a bit.ly you can use: LAUREN

     

    Over a third of the way there

    31/08/2015 at 8:10 PM

    We're crazily delighted that we're over a third of the way to our goal, and grateful for the incredible generosity of all our pledgers, as well as the encouraging comments. Your confidence in us is a huge boost after months working on this book, and seeing the pledges come in is really exciting. Thank you! And please send the PledgeMe link to everyone you know who might be interested in helping us reach our goal. cheers Lauren W, and Mary and Paul of Mākaro Press. 

      Martin and Colleen Wepa
      2015-08-30 17:04:24 +1200

      "You have done an amazing job! So proud of your achievement."

      Ginni Kaur
      2015-08-30 16:52:33 +1200

      "Go Lauren!"

      Ihaia Swann
      2015-08-30 15:56:13 +1200

      "Ka pai Lauren, can't wait for the read!"

      Rachel Knight
      2015-08-30 15:56:02 +1200

      "This is fab. Well done - I can't wait :)"

      Shang-Poh Yu
      2015-08-30 15:51:31 +1200

      "Go Lauren, boo cancer."

      Katie Ramlose
      2015-08-30 15:42:20 +1200
      James Allen
      2015-08-30 15:37:33 +1200
      Ashleigh van Graan
      2015-08-30 15:17:45 +1200

      "Proud of you girl! <3"

      Annabel de Nys-Farrell
      2015-08-30 15:00:30 +1200
      Jamie Trower
      2015-08-30 12:57:43 +1200
      Helen Rickerby
      2015-08-30 12:55:26 +1200
      Robyn Cooper
      2015-08-27 17:29:06 +1200

      Followers of Cancer and all the other shit

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 20/09/2015 at 12:00 AM.