Comic 644 - Awfully Generous

19th Feb 2015, 10:03 PM in Ch. 24: Of Cons and Kisses
Awfully Generous
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Jocelyn 19th Feb 2015, 10:03 PM edit delete
Sorry if this one feels a little rushed. I ended up making this a two pager so I could complete the scene before going on hiatus (I love my cliffhangers, but I wouldn't want to leave you for an extended period following a terribly incomplete thought). And yet despite that (and all the dialogue and development going on here), it still reads like there should've been more to it. At least to me. Bah. To the very end, the cursed scene still haunts me. XD

Speaking of the hiatus, in case you hadn't heard: I'm having surgery again on Monday. To clarify what's going on, let me start with a little good news. I don't have cancer. I did, but it was successfully taken out with the previous surgery back in October. However, according to the biopsy, it turns out I had the most aggressive kind of testicular cancer one can have. Still entirely treatable, but it is the most likely to spread. So this new surgery is purely precautionary. They'll be taking out the remaining testicle along with some lymph nodes. It'll be a more intense surgery than last time, but I'm still young and otherwise healthy, so I should be fine.

I could opt NOT to do this now, but if I don't and it does come back, I'd have to do this surgery anyway, plus chemo. So as much I'm not eager to go through this again, I think it's better than the alternative.

Anyway, all of this equates to: Rain will be on hiatus for a while. I don't know how long. Last time it was two months, but that doesn't necessarily mean it will be that long this time. I will be back to it as soon as I'm able though. In the meantime, I will try to keep you posted and let you know how I'm doing and when I can come back. And of course, like last time, I will only too happily accept fan art, fan fics, and fan whatever-you-want of all kinds. ^_^

I know a lot of you will tell me not to worry about the comic; please don't. As I had to repeat many times last time: it's not that I think the comic is the most important thing here, but it IS important to me. I'm telling you all this because I want you to be informed so you know and understand why I'm not posting for several weeks in the middle of a chapter. I don't want to be like some webcomics and just vanish without a word (because I have every intention of coming back to all my readers, who will hopefully be understanding and ready to read again when I'm ready to write again).

I might also request that we keep all genetalia-related comments to a minimum. That got really uncomfortable really fast last time. Thank you.

And... that's about it, Rain Beaus. Keep those heads up high and take care of yourselves. For now, see ya later!

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Oh, right. Also, I don't like asking for help, but donations and book sales would probably help me out a lot at this time. Don't sweat it if you have nothing to spare, but if you can help, anything would be most welcome. Thank you.
Jocelyn 23rd Feb 2015, 9:57 PM edit delete
Hello Rain Beaus, this is Jocelyn's wife, Kelly. Jocelyn has asked me to to give you all an update about her surgery earlier today.

It was long but successful. She will be in the hospital for about 4 days so you might be getting updates from her through me for a little while.

We both have been moved, humbled and blessed by the outpouring of love, well wishes, prayers and positivity that she has received during this trying time. We thank you all from the very bottom of our hearts.
Jocelyn 28th Feb 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete

You know you must not be feeling well when your wife gives you a bowl of oatmeal and a cup of apple juice and you think it's the best thing ever. Or maybe you've just been stuck eating hospital food (when they allowed you); and as anyone who has ever had hospital food will tell you, it's repulsive. Anything is a step up (up to and especially a simple dish that my loving wife made for me to the perfect temp and consistency). The apple juice is funny though; I don't normally like apple juice. But yeah, that was my morning.

Which means, by the way, I'm back home! I've been home since last night. I've got a big incision running down the center of my chest (and yeah, it hurts), but it's somehow not quite as bad as my last surgery wound. Definitely better maintained, and I may have built up a tolerance since last time.

Anyway, just letting you know I'm home and okay. Thanks for your concern and well-wishing while I was away. ^_^
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mecaterpillar 19th Feb 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Wow. Drew ended up getting a lot worse about things before he got better. I didn't think the discussion would get this bad but thinking about how Drew's school is I can sort of understand why he would react like that. Given the situation, Kylie's right, Drew does need new friends. I don't know how many groups students there are in St. Hallvard that are like Rain's group of friends, but I get the impression that there can't be that many. I wish Drew the best of luck in making new friends.
Jules 19th Feb 2015, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with the surgery! I'll send good vibes your way :) just know all of us Rain fans love ya.
tmes2000 19th Feb 2015, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
Have no clue if your christian, but if you are you could get the anointing of the sick (ik it says sick but you can get them before surgeries and such); just a suggestion.
Empress 20th Feb 2015, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
Damn, that's still pretty scary. I'm glad you're feeling okay about it, considering. Best wishes to you again!

I was hoping this page would go "better" for the two of them, honestly. But, Drew got to be honest with himself and somebody else, and Kylie stood up for herself without hurting him. So that's a huge step that I'm excited about, no matter where this ends up!
Ashura Atsu 20th Feb 2015, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Just as I expected with Drew. Hopefully things will get smoother from here...
And speaking of things going smoothly, good luck with the surgery!
j-eagle12212012 20th Feb 2015, 8:16 AM edit delete reply
Best of luck with the surgery, glad to hear its preventative and not a reoccurance of the cancer (I feel like I can't spell words right, curse you english language) we will miss you.
Kate the great 20th Feb 2015, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
From all the lurker so out there, I wish you the best of luck!!
Mylio 20th Feb 2015, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
Good luck with the surgery Jocelyn!
Scalezors 21st Feb 2015, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
I hope your surgery goes well and all the grossness goes away! <3
Guest 21st Feb 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Good luck with surgery! Treat yourself to some lovely ice cream and movies during recovery :)
Tisarian 22nd Feb 2015, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
I hope everything goes well!
BiDeviant 22nd Feb 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply
Look forward to some (albeit poor quality) Rain fanart for you Jocelyn!~
BiDeviant 22nd Feb 2015, 9:56 AM edit delete reply
There have been four years of Rain (all of which I caught up on and am now sad about having to wait (but would rather you be healthy and happy before continuing)) and I have to say, I have this bugging thought, when will they graduate? I know they have had Christmas already but I can't help but wonder what exquisite hell it would be to have a single year of high school (especially one as strict as this one) last for more than four years
Jocelyn 22nd Feb 2015, 7:44 PM edit delete reply

So... my surgery is in roughly 12 hours. I don't even know what to do with myself right now. I'm kinda just biding my time until I'm tired enough to sleep at this point (and considering my nerves right now, it may be a while).

It's to my understanding I may be staying in the hospital for a couple days this time around, so I'm not 100% sure how soon I'll be able to report that I'm doing okay. If I can't though, I've asked my wife to use my accounts and spread the word.

Other than that, wish me luck. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. And of course, have a lovely evening and a wonderful day yourselves tomorrow. ^_^
Epiphanie 22nd Feb 2015, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Good luck to you, Jocelyn, I hope everything go well for you ^^
Also hope you'll be able to sleep/are sleeping already ;p
Ganbare yo ~

(I've been lurking since a long time at the comments and been reading rain since some months, but it's the first time I post, I look forward talking with you all ^^" )
Cant settle on a username 22nd Feb 2015, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Best of luck with the surgery (though I'm sure everything will go great) I hope things go extra well and you have a speedy recovery
Ersatz Lurker 23rd Feb 2015, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
Good luck, I hope the surgery goes well. May your lymph nodes all come up clean, and may you be able to get back on your preferred hormones as soon as possible!
minefloozle 23rd Feb 2015, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Good luck! I'm sure everything will go great. In the meantime, *offers you tea*
Canadian Guy 26th Feb 2015, 8:12 PM edit delete reply
So how are you doing?
I checked your facebook but no word there.
Tami99 26th Feb 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
Hope you're doing well. I Thought you might like to hear from someone who's been there that it really does work. 11+ years since TC surgery (+ a month of radiation) and still doing great.
Long-time Lurker 27th Feb 2015, 10:30 AM edit delete reply
I really love this comic. A few months ago I read it's 550-ish (at the time) pages start to finish in one long, glorious evening. Since then, I've been relegated to waiting for chapters, just like everyone else. For all the other lurkers out here, I want to say your work is amazing and I love it to bits.
Good luck in the surgery and I look forward to your updates. In the meantime I'll do my best to think up some fan stuff for you.
Cachew the unicorn 1st Mar 2015, 12:40 PM edit delete reply
I discovered your comic not a long time ago and I read all the 645 pages in a couple of days cx
I want to tell you that I really love it, the story is awesome and you draw beautifully! I wish you good luck in everything n_n
I can't wait for the next page of Rain!
Canadian Guy 1st Mar 2015, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
It not the lack of good food that you were missing. It's the love that went into it, it was made for you not for a paycheck not because someone was told to but because it was for. Being able to get something from a person who loves you always tease better, works better, and lets you know that your not alone i this world. Be thankful that you have that someone in your life, for the people who don't you have the greatest wealth in the world. So go hug your wife and know how many people in this world just wish they have what you got.
Boo 3rd Mar 2015, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
Another wild lurker appears to wish you well!

I just caught up after being away for several months, so I'm assimilating all at once that you've been dealing with cancer. I don't know what to say, but I am very glad you have some one close to you during the whole time.

If you had oats and apple juice the other morning, would you say you ate like a horse? :D

As for the comic, D'aaaw! Ky is such an awesome sweetheart, it's ridiculous.
no 11th Nov 2020, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
ooh, thats a good joke. very original, i approve!
Syrup 5th Mar 2015, 11:18 AM edit delete reply
ive decided drew is cool now and im still a heretic this confirms life is going well
Tualha 5th Jun 2015, 7:30 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad the surgery went well.
no 11th Nov 2020, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
...i may have spoken prematurely a few pages ago
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