Team Osa Bella

Welcome to Team Osa Bella!

We are Twitards that are dedicated to raising funds in the Fandom Gives Back challenge 2010 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that supports children’s cancer research.  While we are all full of sass and snark we also have big generous hearts and are super saps when it comes to showing some love for those that need it.  So, let’s have a little fun and raise some money for this fantastic cause.

Our core team includes our fearless leaders @JennyJerkface, @SnarkierThanYou, and @LatchkeyWife as well as @TexasKatherine, @Myg (our fantabulous Osa Bella author extraordinaire), and myself, your Team Captain, @VitaminR70–rah! rah! rah! (Can you tell I was NEVER a cheerleader?)

Myg has offered to write a one-shot Edward Point of View take on any scene or chapter of Osa Bella for the winning team.  Can you imagine?  Of course you can and I know you want it.  So make that pledge so that we can get Myg’s creative juices (yep, I said ‘juices’) flowing so that we can read our hottie vamp’s POV!

When you are ready to make your pledge you can sign up here. Hit the pledge button below to enter your name and pledge in our database. When the auction comes to a close we will ask you to make good on your pledge by returning here where we will then have a PayPal account activated.

Thank you so much for joining Team Osa Bella.  You can e-mail me, VitaminR70, at VitaminR70@gmail.com if you have any questions.  You can also find me on Twitter @VitaminR70. Twitardia Forever!

A message from Myg:

This is the true story of Osa Bella.

I was late to the fandom. It was just January of this year when @SnarkierThanYou gave me Twilight (the book) after a brief conversation we had about her blog, Twitarded. She didn’t know this then but I started reading it when my youngest step-sister, Amanda, was in the final stages of a long, fuck awful battle with Osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer).I tore through the entire saga in about two weeks, so grateful to have something I could just lose myself in to escape the pain of grieving for awhile. You all have no idea how much this funny, smart, and caring community of Twitards has helped me–is still helping me–stay afloat when the storm clouds loom on the horizon. I will forever love you all for that, among the many reasons I have come to love you.

Osa Bella was born on January 26, 2010, four days after my boys’ first birthday. Amanda had been too sick to come to the party, even though I knew she was desperately trying. She’d ordered the cake for me, she’d made favors. But when the day came, she just couldn’t leave the house. I think that’s when I really knew the end was coming.

I promise you all, the reason Osa Bella came into being, the reason I tore into it with such an obsessive passion was because I desperately needed someplace to put the agony I was feeling when I finally realized I was going to have to let her go.

I spent every spare moment I had writing this story. I stole time from work. I stayed up late at night. I thought about it in the car. I thought about it when I walked the dog. I drove Mr. Myg insane talking about it. And I wondered, why the hell am I so obsessed with this story?

I didn’t understand it until one of you asked me if I was doing Fandom Gives Back. It was @Hollister_1980 who asked, “Are you participating in the FGB? I NEED an Edward POV.” This was mere days after I’d gotten a comment from @SnarkierThanYou that said something along the lines of, “Sigh, an EPOV sure would be nice.”

I have no intentions of introducing an EPOV in Osa Bella, for the record. Ain’t. Never. Gonna. Happen. But that started me thinking about the EPOV of Osa Bella, or if you will, the Midnight Sun version of Osa Bella. But hell, I really do not have time for this, I said to myself. Mr. Myg will fucking kill me if I even mention it. And, what the hell is FGB?

A few tweets later, I got the link to Fandom Gives Back and read all about it, and read all about Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the organization that raises money for research into childhood cancer. About 15 seconds later I was sobbing at my desk and emailing my inner Twitard circle saying, “Holy shit, I have to do this.” And they said, “We’ve got your back, Myg.”  And with that, Team Osa Bella was born.

See, Amanda first got sick when she was 26 years old. Because she was under 30, she was treated as a pediatric cancer patient, and she was treated at Sloan Kettering in New York City on the pediatric wing, where she spent several months of her life among the child cancer patients. And as someone who spent a lot of time with her there, so did I.

I can’t tell you all the story of Amanda right now. It’s too long, too rich, and too important for me to have the capacity to do it justice here. Just know that she fought like a motherfucker against this illness for six years. It finally claimed her in March, just three months ago, at the age of 32. The loss of her young, promising life was devastating to me and to the rest of my family, like these kinds of deaths always are. And without even knowing it, you were all there for me, helping me get through every day.

When I realized last week that I could take Osa Bella, something I’ve obsessed over for five months now, and use it to help fight childhood cancer, I am not shitting you when I say I got the chills.

Because, in case it isn’t obvious yet, Osa Bella is the story of how we survive and find meaning in life after losing someone we love. It’s painful. It’s messy. It’s dangerous. But somehow, we do it.

Actually, I think I do know how. We do it together, right here, every day.

So, thank you for that. And whether you’ve got a few bucks to pledge or not, please join me in sending the following message to cancer, on behalf of Amanda, my family, your family, all those families who have had to surrender a beloved to this wretched disease.

Dear Cancer,

We are coming for you. Run, motherfucker.

Sincerely,

Team Osa Bella


{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz June 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Aw Myg – I am so sorry that this is a personal battle for you and that you lost your sister so young. I am truly sorry for your loss. I am happy to do a small thing to help raise money for this very worthy cause. Thank you for offering us an offshoot of your terrific story from E’s POV, what a bonus for us and incentive to give to TFGB! Take care and my prayers are with you and your family. xo

2 Myg June 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Thanks so much Liz, for the support. I am very happy to be able to use my obsessive fanfic project to raise some money for cancer research, and that would never be possible if you guys weren’t reading it! Big hug.

3 red_bella June 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I’m there for ya babe… Having gone through losing my mum and MIL to cancer, I have some idea of what you’ve gone through. Although everyone’s loss is different, there is always this wounderful community of twilight,twitards and fan fiction to lose ourselfs in and forget reality for just a little while. What ever I can do to help…

4 Franki June 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Myg,

I’m so glad that you’ve decided to become involved with this charity. I’ve lost 2 loved ones to cancer in recent years and my brother is a cancer survivor. A year after my friend died I held a bake sale to raise money for cancer research. It was the toughest thing I ever did and I cried – a lot – but I’m so glad I did it. It was such a cathartic experience for me. I couldn’t hug my friend anymore or tell her that I love her. I couldn’t see her smile anymore (and believe me – it was an amazing smile that lit up the world) but I could have a bake sale and raise a bit of money. I’m sure she would have been tickled pink at the thought of it and that’s what kept me going. I came out on the other end of it having a sense peace about her death that I hadn’t felt before. I wish that same sense of peace for you.

What you’re doing takes guts – lots of them. So, please know that you have my support and encouragement and lots of ginormous virtual hugs. *BIG HUG* Oh, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand will have some of my cash. :)

Mary (aka Franki)

5 Kerri June 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Hi, Myg. My condolences. Warm hugs are all around you. We may be a scattered community of nut bars, but we genuinely have respect for eachother. And in doing so, it makes life a little more bearable. Am I right? I understand how it is to loose a family memeber with cancer, but a younger sibling, hell no. I wont even pretend to know how that feels. I do, however, have two sons that we’re diagnosed with Autism at the ages of 2. It’s the most heartbreaking thing to hear as a parent, that your child is going to suffer with a mental disability and that all your hopes and dreams for said child have flown out the window. It’s then that you realize that everything you hoped for them at their birth; health, first words, school, prom, weddings… all that is suddenly gone in a puff of smoke. I cant imagine your greif, but I do know how it feels to grieve for a child that never had a shot to begin with. It’s a strange thing, the cynisism in my tone, but after 9 years of battling the disability with my son’s Liam and Nicholas, they are making progress, and hearing your story reminds me that at least their alive. I know my words aren’t uplifting, but such is the nasty reality of Autism and cancer. I glady will donate my money and prayers in the name of your sister, Amanda. As tacky and cliche as this sounds, Twilight and it’s community saved my sanity. You guys make me smile and feel young again, even though Im only 33. I find that even though we are the most perverted chicks on the planet, we make eachother laugh. And that, my dear friend, Myg, is the best fucking medicine on the planet.

6 AGirlReckoning June 22, 2010 at 11:11 am

Myg-You made me cry. Don’t do that! I will support you in anything you do. You know I love Osa Bella – I tell you way too much. But this *points at the story you just told that is making me cry and be all snotty* hits home for me too. My step-dad died from liver cancer in January. It fucking blows big time. I want to kick cancer’s ass with you. So I’m Team Osa Bella all the way!
Lots of Love and Hugs.
AGR

7 Myg June 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hey ladies,

Work is preventing me from responding personally to each of you, but I really want to. Just know that I am super duper grateful you’re here. And thanks for participating in the FGB fundraiser, however you can, even if it’s just in spirit! I’m so sorry we’ve all had to live through this shit, but man am I glad we have each other.

Big osa hugs!

8 Wendy June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I am so touched by your story… unfortunately there are way too many of these stories. I too started Twilight while looking for a distraction from my father’s death after seven years of cancer- three different kinds. I spent so much time in hospital rooms and the last book I read before Twilight was a cheery little number called “Drowning in a Sea of Death”. I love that you started writing this beautiful and tight story- I blogged every minute of our time fighting cancer and I know how cathartic writing can be. I envy you your ability to jump into writing fiction- I am still trying to jump back into organizing my blogs into a non-fiction memoir- too depressing right now especially with all the fan fic and Twilight stuff to distract me. I can say this of Twilight… it did allow me to get my life back. Somehow, Edward had something to do with that!! I applaud you dear woman and we are right there beside you fighting cancer and working towards an EPOV that will just be divine. MWAH!!

9 Cat June 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I have now spread the word through email, facebook (both my personal and for Daily Twimes), and a post at the DT: http://dailytwimes.blogspot.com/2010/06/near-and-dear.html

I hope this is monumental. lots of love, Cat

10 an.actual.nurse July 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I absolutely love this story. I started it yesterday and have almost read all chapters available. I also adored the fact that today when I was surfing iTunes, I saw that Best Coast (who you mentioned in one of the earlier chapters) has a free tune featured. I downloaded immediately because I remembered the reference. Amazing! Love them. I love when authors rec music. I love music almost as much as Twilight fanfiction. ;)

Again, great story. Really. Much love.

11 Fangscape August 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I came to this boat recently, and I love your story. And thanks for doing something to help others with this.

12 Lisa Marie August 21, 2010 at 4:32 am

Twilight is so cool !This is so funny! I have the same second christian name as Bella; Marie. My whole christian name is Lisa Marie. This somehow funny, or?

13 admire_girl September 17, 2010 at 7:27 am

I like the twilight movies.. because the heroin,bella is very suitable for the hero..edward
I like the one part which edward smile….smart..ok…
this is the first movie i see that the vampire falling in love to his enemy..
good luck..

14 Priscilla July 28, 2012 at 7:03 am

Hi,
I only recently discoverd Twilight, but I am completely obsessed. I love your Os Bella story. Thanks for sharing.
I am glad I am not the only person who was so devastated by the Twilight saga coming to an end that I just had to have more.
The Twilight world is so rich the chracters are so real, I knew there just had to be more. Then I discovered fanfiction.
Yes, Twilight has changed my view of the world too.
Thank you for sharing your story.
love
Priscilla

15 Priscilla July 28, 2012 at 7:04 am

Hi,
I only recently discoverd Twilight, but I am completely obsessed. I love your Osa Bella story. Thanks for sharing.
I am glad I am not the only person who was so devastated by the Twilight saga coming to an end that I just had to have more.
The Twilight world is so rich the chracters are so real, I knew there just had to be more. Then I discovered fanfiction.
Yes, Twilight has changed my view of the world too.
Thank you for sharing your story.
love
Priscilla

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