A very special episode of Dying Kingdoms… Operation: Help Jesse Heinig!
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- Help Jesse Heinig!
- About Jesse
- What Happened?!
- Update: Friday 09/07/2012 6pm
- Update: Saturday 09/08/2012 8pm
- Update: Sunday 09/09/2012 11am
- Update: Sunday 09/09/2012 10:30pm
- Update: Monday 09/10/2012 11:50pm
- Update: Tuesday 09/11/2012 4pm
- Update: Wednesday 09/12/2012 11am
- Update: Thursday 09/13/2012 10pm
- Update: Friday 09/14/2012 11:30pm
- Update: Saturday 09/15/2012 11:30am
- Update: Sunday 09/16/2012 11:30am
- Update: Monday 09/17/2012 8pm
- Update: Tuesday 09/18/2012 10am
- Update: Wednesday 09/19/2012 2pm
- Update: Friday 09/21/2012 10am
- Update: Thursday 09/27/2012 3pm
- FINAL UPDATE: Tuesday 10/09/2012 10pm
- This is not a drill, joke, or scam.
- Chipin Comments!
Jesse Heinig is a dear friend of mine and he is very, very sick. With the terrible news of his illness, I kept seeing everyone post and ask how they could help, so as his friends, we have decided to organize a way to help Jesse out. If you follow the link above or the link here you will be taken to a ChipInpage where you will be able to “chip in” to a fund that will provide tangible help for Jesse during this trying time.
Jesse Heinig is a game writer for Star Trek Online, but you may know him as the creator of Dying Kingdoms, or his work on Fallout, or his work on Mage, Vampire the Masquerade, Mind’s Eye Theater, Aberrant, and the Star Trek RPG. He’s given a lot to the gaming community and we’d like to give back to him. He and Adrianne have gone through hell and his friends have been worried sick. Please spread the word as much as possible and help this man get back on his feet, literally! Jesse currently works at Cryptic Studios on STO and they are 100% behind him while he battles this illness and recovers from it. They are wonderful and I do not want to detract from them in any way when I say that Jesse could use our help too.
Jesse was mis-diagnosed with shingles and has been in agony for weeks, but Adrianne and Jesse believe that his first doctor’s care mightamount to malpractice. They believe that Jesse’s first doctor did not do the tests needed to confirm the initial diagnosis of shingles that he gave him, that this first doctor initially gave Jesse the wrong meds, and told him, even after Adrianne and Jesse reported that the leg and fevers got worse, to “‘deal with it’ and that the problem would run its course”. Two weeks of this treatment allowed a stealthy infection grow and deepen and crawl down Jesse’s leg where it has firmly ensconced itself within his body. This past Sunday Jesse and Adrianne got a second opinion from a house doctor (because Jesse couldn’t stand, let alone leave the house), and this doctor did all the proper tests, proscribed the proper medications, and said if there’s no change that Jesse would likely have to go to the Emergency Room. This second doctor also said that the illness was probably something more severe, like cellulitis with infected tissue. Updated: It turns out it was actually Streptococcus. The medications this second doctor proscribed got rid of the horrible fevers almost immediately, however, Jesse’s leg was too far gone and the medications did not help calm the infection buried within. Instead, the leg tissues started forcing their way out of his leg through a quickly-formed, massive blood blister. Indeed, this sent Jesse to Emergency Room in intense pain with Adrianne by his side. Jesse’s leg is deeply infected and Jesse has just been in agony for the past three weeks. After a long overnight wait, Jesse finally went into surgery, where they drained, scraped, and packed the wound from the inner thigh down to the calf. Today they found out that he will have to go in for surgery again. He will likely be in the hospital for at least another few days. Jesse and Adrianne are currently working to make sure that his medical bills get covered and he doesn’t have to pay for the first doctor’s mistake, but they could use our help! I think we can do one better! While Jesse is out of work and in the hospital, his bills mount… and his income doesn’t. If you can spare even a little help for Jesse, every little bit counts. No help is too little to help. Especially in numbers! Please send him your love and anything else you can spare! Thank you!
Jesse is in his second surgery right now. Our thoughts are with him and his lovely lady, Adrianne Grady. And holy cow, guys! You are all amazing! I had no idea this would get this big! Keep it coming and lets offset Jesse’s hardship as much as possible! The RPG, gaming, and otherwise nerdy community protects our own! And it fills my heart! You should all be so proud! Seriously, I am amazed. Adrianne has told us that there might be an infection in Jesse’s knee joint, which they will check for while they’re back in the leg. And there might be a bit of of infected skin that needs to go. All if that should happen while he’s out cold in the Operating Room during this second phase. Meanwhile, it’s been a mental horror in the hospital for Adrianne and Jesse. Blood tests, injections, painful proddings, bumpy location changes, and a couple of paperwork mistakes on the hospital’s end, which had to be corrected, have taken their toll emotionally and physically. Jesse and Adrianne have gotten almost no sleep on top of the lack of sleep they have already dealt with over the past weeks. So you can imagine how horrible Jesse feels right now. And how Adrianne must feel while she has to look after him. What a wonderful, brave lady! I think it is a testament to how much love Jesse Heinig has brought into our lives that so many of you are reaching into your hearts and your pockets to help this wonderful man. I hope he can feel the love from you guys and I hope that it will speed his recovery.
I got a call from Adrianne today. She and Jesse are overwhelmed by the amount of support you guys have given. And so am I. Our community is amazing. And more than the financial aid you guys are providing, the comments and the love you guys keep sending to them are what really keep them going. They feel like we are right there with them and it helps them get through this ordeal just knowing that our community loves and supports them.
I want to point out that Jesse and Adrianne would NEVER have asked us to solicit donations for them, this was something we did as their friends, and we are both humbled and grateful how many people have opened their hearts up and given support to our wonderful friend, Jesse Heinig. And so are they.
Adrianne has told me that your generous donations will go to the medical expenses they are incurring, like deductibles, transportation, food costs while in the hospital, medications, medical supplies for when Jesse gets out of the hospital, and towards things like crutches so Jesse will be able to get around when he gets out of the hospital. Jesse continues to have to go under for surgeries where they unpack and repack his wound to get rid of the infection, a wound which is from his inner thigh all the way down to his calf. They will continue to have to do these surgeries and keep him in the hospital for anywhere from a few days to over a week, meaning Jesse’s hospital time is stretching. Adrianne said the doctors told her that if they had waited just 48 more hours without surgery, there is a good chance Jesse could have lost his leg. Thank goodness we have her looking out for Jesse! Jesse has finally been moved to his own hospital room, so he is no longer crammed in with Emergency Room patients and surrounded by chaos. But apparently his arms are bruised from the amount of blood they have been drawing for tests. Adrianne says they have just poked the absolute dickens out of him, and they have to keep finding new draw locations, which is pretty painful and destructive. Luckily, Jesse is steadily improving instead of backsliding. And he is closer to a diagnosis, which helps them treat him! The doctors now seem to believe that Jesse has
a particularly nasty case of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (scratch that, it’s been confirmed as Streptococcus, this is what happened when you never see the same doctor twice in a hospital) that may have developed from cellulitis. There is no telling how he became infected, but Adrianne has been scrubbing the apartment down just to be safe when she is not in the hospital with Jesse. Further explorations of Jesse’s leg indicates that there is not, as yet, any infection spreading to the interior of his muscles, and that the infection has thankfully NOT spread to surrounding joints, like his knee, hip, or ankle. He continues to have to have the daily unpack/repack wound surgeries but so far, so good. They are still waiting on text results to confirm the exact type on infection he has, but he is improving steadily! I want to personally thank you, yet again, for all that you guys do. You are amazing and the love you guys are sending is incredible.
We heard from Adrianne again today. Doctors think Jesse might have just gone through his last surgery. If so, that means that he can finally start eating and drinking regularly after 5 days of only being on IV fluids. But it also means that he can expect to be in excruciating pain as his leg wound will require being repacked three times a week. We hope it heals fast. Right now he’s in a ton of pain from being hooked up to a constant vac drain in his leg. I am personally hoping his doctors have some good ol’ drugs heading his way for pain management. So far, they have had problems finding the right dosages to mitigate his extreme discomfort. Please keep sending your thoughts and warm wishes to Adrianne and Jesse, it looks like they are almost out of the woods! Also, John Wick will be releasing a new Houses of the Bloodedsourcebook this month called “Wilderness,” which will soon be available as a PDF. Proceeds will go to help out Mr. Heinig. He is planning ways to make it a physical book as well. Details to come.
Apparently getting sleep in the hospital is nearly impossible, as if you are in need of serious care they wake you up every two hours for checkups. Sounds like not a lot of fun. Hang in there Jesse and Adrianne! Love to Jesse’s family who are with him in the hospital as well to make sure he is OK. We (Jesse’s friends who put this fundraiser together) have decided to cap the maximum amount of donations off at $12,500. We believe that number is sufficiently adequate to ease most of the medical and living burdens they are facing from this ordeal. We are currently at $6,785. Which is incredible. Do you think we can get there? I think we can get there…
I received an update from Adrianne tonight. Jesse is now too bruised for them to draw any more blood for tests. There is still a vac drain in his leg but they are moving from repacking his wound every day to three times a week. He will still have to go under in the Operating Room every time as it is not a tolerable procedure. Thankfully his leg is steadily improving. Jesse also started physical therapy today, which is never fun, but it’s so necessary in order to heal properly. I just have to continue to thank all of you for your vocal and moving support for Jesse and Adrianne, as it means so much to them. You are truly, truly amazing.
Today I was amazed to see that Priority One Podcast put up a post linking to our chipin page for Jesse. Thank you, guys. You’re awesome. Apparently a thread is also started on the Sar Trek Online online forumas well. I know I’ve said it before, but our community of nerds is amazing. From Trekkies to LARPers, you guys are supporting a wonderful man. Adrianne updated us again today. She said Jesse is steadily improving, but that progress is slow. But it IS progress. Jesse has another repack procedure tomorrow, which won’t be any fun, but he was able to be put in a wheelchair and wheeled around the hospital a little bit. This is actually kindof a big deal because its the first time he’s been able to move around in weeks. His family is with him, his lovely lady, Adrianne, is constantly by his side, and his friends in the area are able to visit him as well, which is wonderful. The outpouring of support and well wishes is something you should all be very proud of.
Jesse is doing so much better! I talked to him on facebook today, which means he is well and conscious enough to be on his iPad and chatty. He might even get his special bandages off soon. Adrianne has said that the hospital finally confirmed his infection as Streptococcus, so the confusion about the previous diagnosis is just what happens when you never see the same doctor twice in a hospital… That’s actually good news, as it is easier to treat than MRSA and responds better to antibiotics. He’s on the mend, guys! That’s wonderful news after Jesse being laid low for about a month so far. It also looks like they are able to manage his discomfort better, but that also might just be because the infection is actually clearing up. Thanks again for all the support! The improvement is great to hear!
Jesse continues to improve. His mood is also improving, which is awesome. Physical therapy is going well. His leg is looking a lot better and pain is being managed much better. The leg wound is large but now at least its clean. We all continue to be amazed at how the community is rallying around Jesse and how much you guys have supported him in his illness. $8,373! Thank you so much! AND! Thank you for continuing to share the message. So far some amazing Redditors have posted a thread for Jesse (actually several), but this is the largest one. The Gates of Stovokor has linked the Chipin widget on their site. Malcolm Sheppard has written a wonderful, heartfelt blog about Jesse and his influence on his writing. And the Fallout wikihas linked to the Chipin page as well. You guys are wonderul. Let me know if I have missed anyone. We appreciate all that you do and spreading the word really helps.
Priority One Podcast has put up a vocal “get well soon card” for Jesse. Thanks so much guys! I know that Adrianne and Jesse will be moved by that beautiful gesture. Jesse, we hope, is continuing to battle strept like a champ and with a sense of humor.
“Most people get strep throat, but I got strep leg instead. I guess that makes me a disease hipster.” -Jesse Heinig
Adrianne gave us an official update; Jesse was moved to a physical therapy facility from the hospital recently. The hospital suddenly, without warning, told them that he had to leave. Jesse has just had his full day at the new PT facility though, and so far so good. The open wounds on his leg still cause great pain, especially when the nurses have to re-bandage them (they weren’t as gentle as the hospital nurses), but they seem to be healing well. It’s mentally hard on Jesse to see the wounds, but his humor, wit, and engaging conversations are becoming quite the norm again as his energy slowly returns. And he’s eating solid food regularly! Jesse moves a bit more each day. The goal is for him to be able to get himself across a room and back without incident or extreme fatigue, and to be able to change his own bandages. We want the open wounds to be strong enough not to tear with normal, casual activity. He wants out of this so badly. Three days ago, Adrianne and Jesse hugged for the first time since this all started and she got to sleep next to him on a sliver of hospital bed. They haven’t been able to sit, stand, rest, or sleep next to each other since the start of the infection, almost five weeks ago. That is heartwarming progress and being able to be physically close to the one you love is healing. The Physical Therapy facility he’s in has a smaller visiting window, so Adrianne can’t stay as long with Jesse any more and she can’t stay overnight. And since he’s getting strength back, Jesse is having a harder time dealing with being away from home and in this necessary yet strange environment. At least the food is a bit better than the hospital’s; spiced more…but they laughed when they realized that the potatoes and peas were actually cauliflower and peas…Oh hospital food.
Jesse is improving and he looks so much better. Also, he has grown an epic beard over the long period of hospital times. All of his friends, family, and co-workers love the beard. We think that with a monocle, hat, and cane this could be a very distinguished look for Mr. Heinig. We’re really happy with how much better he looks! He’s on the mend, folks. Hopefully he can be out of Physical Therapy ASAP. He can’t wait to get out of there. He’s just got to meet his goals for PT and he’s free.
Jesse had his bandages changed today, apparently that was no fun at all. Also, he seems to be eating well in the Physical Therapy Facility. Thank goodness for small favors? But the good news/bad news is that the nurse grudgingly said he would probably take two to three months to heal up. I think it’s good news on account of it meaning that healing is actually happening. Also, the donated funds are being held in trust by Pascale N. Krieger, Esq., attorney registered with California state bar, until the fundraiser is over. So they’re safe and sound and will be transferred as soon as the fundraiser ends. I still think you guys are just amazing for taking this drive so far. It’s incredible.
Jesse’s Insurance is pushing him out of the Physical Therapy Facility this Friday regardless of progress, so he has four days to learn to walk with holes in his leg. Apparently the wounds are cut in three parts, not one long cut, which is good for mobility and they kept them as small as they could, but they are still several-inch-deep-and-long gashes. At least the wound location being split up makes it easier for him to be able to move than if it was a long, horrid cut. And he is able to see the wounds now as he learns to change his dressings on his own, and that’s stressful and anxiety inducing for Jesse. Not exciting. Jesse’s Insurance Company is also trying to get him to use his first doctor, who Adrianne and Jesse believe mis-diagnosed him in the first place, after he gets out of the facility and gets home. That seems totally egregious to me. Heath care in America is kiiiiiiindof bogus, and that’s the understatement of the year.
I talked to Jesse today. He is worried that he may have a new infection in his leg because his lower calf is stiff and warm and part of the skin is numb. His dad thinks the numbness might be from the surgery and we think the heat might be from the trauma he’s been experiencing in therapy. Still, Jesse is worried that it could be another hematoma. If it’s just fluid with no infection he won’t have a fever but it’s still dangerous. We’re hoping for the best and his doctor should be checking his leg today. Jesse over-stressed his leg yesterday and it bled through his bandages last night, so that points to a likely cause of distress. He is experiencing lots of anxiety and over the last few weeks Jesse has lost 35 lbs. I think we’re all looking forward to being able to go visit him at home when this is all over. Jesse is being bounced home on Friday because insurance will not cover any more days for him in the hospital. He is trying hard to get to the ability to go up stairs for when he goes home. Insurance can bounce him whenever they like, they just say “we’re not paying any more.” There’s good news though! Fortunately much of Jesse’s care should be covered between this fundraiser and his insurance, but he feels very rushed to get out of the physical therapy facility. Jesse also fired that first doctor that they believe mis-diagnosed him with shingles, so he does not have to worry about that anymore either. Anyway, we’ll see what the doc says about Jesse’s leg. If it’s bad he gets to go back to the hospital and start all over. If it’s just damaged skin and tissue, then he keeps doing physical therapy and he goes home on Friday! Jesse still can’t return to work until a doctor says so though.
It looks like Jess’s leg is healing normally and so Jesse is going home today! He will still need wound redressing and physical therapy every day, but he’ll finally be back in his own environment on the mend. The surgeon will reassess his leg’s progress at the end of October to give him the final word on whether or not he can return to the work place as soon as he’d like. He may be able to work from home meanwhile though if the doctor says it’s okay. He’s incredibly happy, relieved, and looking forward to walking and going out again! When I talked to him he was really, really missing being outside and seeing the sun. Luckily, he has a patio at his place and can wheel out there to eat and enjoy the fresh, not-in-a-hospital-air. Adrianne is counting down until he arrives at home around 11am… she has been running around non-stop trying to get the apartment prepared for him. Everything soft has been laundered, everything hard has been bleached, whatever nasty strept germ that infected him at home in the first place should have been terminated with extreme prejudice. Jesse has lost so much flexibility in his hamstring, ankle, and calf that he can’t even get his foot flat on the ground. Jesse can barely get his toes to touch while he’s using the walker and he gets out of breath very quickly from being stick in a prone position for over four weeks. We expect it will take many months to fully recover, if full recovery is possible. But hopefully trying to get around stairs at his place and getting outside to go to the park will help him get mobile that much faster. We think Jesse is tough enough to get full use of that leg back, but it will be a long road. In the meantime, he will have a very distinguished cane (probably several, if I know this crazy-awesome group) until he is able to walk on his own steam.
There hasn’t been a whole lot of news since Jesse went home last Friday. Mostly he is quietly resting and healing up at home. We have been letting him rest up without poking him much about his condition and all of us have mostly just been keeping up with him via text and facebook. But! We heard from Jesse today. He made it outside recently. Physical therapy is going well, though his endurance is sharply limited. Adrianne continues to take care of changing Jesse’s bandages daily, a rather grim procedure that will last as long as the wounds are healing (probably 2-3 more months). Jesse has requested that the doctor sign him off to work from home and hopes to hear back this week with the green light to do that. And he has started practicing walking with a cane. Difficult, but not impossible! So far, so good! Jesse wants to give a big thank you once more to everybody for their help and well-wishes and the big outpouring of love. He hopes to thank and hug each of you in person some day soon!
We have ended the chipin fund and Pascale has transferred all of the money, minus PayPal’s fees that it takes out no matter what, to Jesse Heinig. The final total was $8,997.75. Thank you so much for your contributions. We could not have done it without you! Thank you for all the love and suport you have sent Jesse, we know it has helped him. His health is steadily improving, though the road is long. The wounds on his lower leg have finally completely scabbed over and the wound in his thigh should be completely scabbed over in a few days by Adrianne’s estimation. Thats good but it means they’re fragile, but he is walking around without his walker! They had to use a wheelchair at the Northern Faire when they went and Adrianne got a super workout pushing and pulling him up all those rocky hills. What a trooper! Getting outside is great for Jesse and they are going to try to go back for closing weekend of faire without the wheelchair, but it might be more exercise than he can handle. Still, pushing the limits of his leg is the only way to gain mobility back. From all of Jesse’s DK friends we want to thank Adrianne for taking such good care of our friend and to Jesse, we love you and miss you, man. Can’t wait to see you again! Some of us will be taking a caravan up there soon to visit and we will take you both out and celebrate!
I popped by this Jupiter Force thread because I was looking for threads to link back to on this page and I saw that some people had concerns about whether or not this fundraiser was legit. This is the first and only thread I’ve seen that’s concerned about whether or not we might be a scam, but for the purposes of answering their questions and easing minds, I’d like to address some of their concerns on this page as well. I am not an STOer, but I am a Trekkie, and I am the same Mary Poplin that set up this Chipin fund with Pascale to raise relief funds for our friend Jesse. I can understand why you might think it is some sort of scam, as it is the internet, and the internet is fishy sometimes. But no, this is most assuredly not a scam. I don’t know what proof I can offer except me being on staff at a game he wrote? You can check my connection credentials on linkedin or dyingkingdoms.com if you want to research me, but as those are set up by myself, I don’t know how much “proof” that will be for you guys. So let me clear a few minor misconceptions up that I’ve read on this forum that are not in line with what is on this DK page:
- Jesse works for Cryptic, he has been out for four weeks on disability. For over a month and counting…
- Cryptic does have a health insurance benefits package and yes, they do have disability insurance, and they are 100% behind helping support Jesse. However, I don’t know how many of you have ever been on disability insurance or had a major medical emergency in your lives, but insurance doesn’t usually cover major deductibles, which get very quickly into thousands of dollars. And disability only pays a fraction of your income. For instance, while I don’t know the details of Jess’s insurance package because he has been in the hospital and we have only been able to talk with him in the last two days, the deductible on my personal insurance (last time I checked my docs) is $5,000 and I still have to pay 30% of surgery costs and something like 50% of prescriptions unless there’s a generic option. Isn’t America’s health care system awesome? (This is rhetorical, as it is a debate for another time). But if you want to know our reasoning behing setting the fund up, please read this article.
- Jesse still has a job. He is not going to lose his job over this, as far as we know, he has just been unable to work and will take several more weeks to recover enough to get back to work. Working from home may become an option, but working from the hospital isn’t.
- Jesse’s friends put this fundraiser together, not Jesse. Jesse would never ask anyone for money ever, he is just the kind of guy who has always given and never taken. And is, in fact, uncomfortable with attention.
- We originally thought we’d just raise a few hundred dollars to offset this hardship amongst the DK crew. But instead the whole chipin page went viral, we have surprisingly raised much more through the enthusiastic gaming community we all thrive in as people spread the word around. We raised so much so quickly that we have actually capped the donations to make sure that it does not get to be too high of an amount. But we made the number high enough to make sure that it covers all the deductibles, ambulance rides, and surgery costs that Jess is responsible for, misc expenses, and medical equipment Jess will need to heal. And being on a fraction of his normal income for over a month and facing a long recovery period for the next several weeks into several months makes that daunting. So far, we have reached 66% of our capped amount and once that is reached we will close the Chipin. We’re not trying to be extravagant here.
- No one is obligated to donate to this. Ever. So don’t feel pressured about that, please. The economy is rough for everyone right now.
- If there is any left over after Jess’s medical bills, for whatever reason, it will go to another worthy cause within the community of Jess’s choice. No one is pocketing money off of this. Period. That is not how we roll.
- We’re not listing the hospital Jessie is at so that strangers do not visit unannounced, but his friends are able to call or text Adrianne and see what good visiting times are (and are encouraged to do so now that he is on the mend!).
- Finally: The donated funds are being held in trust by Pascale N. Krieger, Esq., attorney registered with California state bar, until the fundraiser is over. So they’re safe and sound and will be transferred as soon as the fundraiser ends.
And I hope that answered all the questions about this page just for clarification. Thanks for making sure this is legit, it’s proper due diligence to not, you know, throw your money willy-nilly around the internet. Have a great day and thanks for spreading the word!
Reading these comments you guys have left for Jesse fills my heart with so much joy. Truly, our community is a wonderful one. I will keep updating these as the days go by.
- Get well man, don’t let the bed bugs bite. Quaplah! -Martin Berggren
- You will be fine.=) -ken o
- Jess, get better. the world desperately needs more kind-hearted, awesome people like you. -Winyan James
- Get well soon, Jessie. -Aaron Cullison
- Jesse, While we have never met, I heard of what happened through the excellent folks over at Priority One. Best wishes on a speedy and complete recovery! My thoughts go with you and Adrianne. -Richard Gamble
- I consider you a good friend, Jesse. Having dealt with medical problems before, I empathize and my heart goes out to you and Adrianne. I hope this small contribution will help you focus more on healing and less on financial difficulties. -Andrew Paige
- Get better, Jess! -Winyan James
- This too shall pass, best of luck with coping through it all. STO needs you back, lots of story content coming up! -Luke Sather
- It’s wonderful to hear you’re on the mend! Sending positive energy to you and Adrianne both. -Donna Howe
- Get well soon Jesse! Your Brazilian fans just love you and your work… I can’t help so much, but I’m helping with my all heart. -Eva “Evelini Andrade” Morrissey
- hope this helps a bit. -Thomas Higgins
- Get well soon dude. -Robert-Sean Harley
- Get well soon Jesse! Live Long and Prosper! -Daniel Clemins-Jr
- Get well soon. -Trevor Bates
- Get well soon Jesse! -Christopher Arjaans
- Jesse I wish could do. I thoughts are with you. -Harold Hulbert
- God bless and take care! -Corbin Matheson
- Good luck! Here’s hoping it gets to the numbers and he pulls through stronger! -Benjamin McFarland
- My thoughts and prayers go out to Jesse and his family. Hope he’s up and about real soon. -Brandon Steward
- During the tumultuous onset of Mage: the Ascension Revised, I was one of the White-wolf.com forum voices howling for your blood over “ruining MY Mage game forever”. Fortunately, those events seared your name into my memory forever, so I checked out this link! Sorry to hear you’re in such rough shape, and I hope this small contribution makes up a little for me being such a butt-head to you back in the day. -Scott “The Hanged Man” Corpany
- Thanks for Mage – hope you get better. -Nicolas mrozek
- If you don’t get better, how can I bring you any more beer some Friday afternoon when I am in California on vacation? So… get better! @KineticImpulser -Anthony Hunter
- Get well soon Jesse! -Stephen Ricossa Jr.
- Hang in there Jesse, and get better soon. All of your friends here in Atlanta are pulling for you and I am copying this out to the Forest of Doors forum to encourage our players to try to give as much as they can. -Mike Boaz
- We take care of our own! May you recover quickly and well. Good luck to you. -Matthew Rice
- Best wishes to Jesse. Malcolm Sheppard blogged about this and I felt compelled to contribute a little as Jesse worked on some of my favorite games from my misspent youth (Mage, Aberrant). -Rob Sharp
- Jesse, you’ve been one of the most supportive people in my life. You’re an amazing friend, and I hope you get well soon. -Andrew Rowe
- I hope for your swift recovery, Jesse. You’re a good man, and well-loved. -Jessica Richards
- Get well soon, Jesse! We’re all rooting for you! -Alex Arjad
- Feel better, Jesse. I still appreciate you being one of the two people who dragged me into boffers all those years ago. *hugs* -Katherine Stafford
- I wish I could do more, but I am the broke. Hopefully every little bit counts. Good luck. -Jeremiah McCoy
- Anything to help a good man get better. -Kevin Hosford
- Hope you (Jesse) get better soon. -Daniel Fruchterman
- My way to say thank you for “fallout” and I wish you the best. -Vincent Coppens
- Bless you both. I hope you will recover as quickly a possible. -Bridget Howard
- One of my games design heroes. Sorry I couldn’t help more. -D G Brookshaw
- Get well Jesse! Big thanks for Fallout! -Piotr Gierszewski
- Jesse was one of my absolute favorite WW developers to work for back in the day. A truly nice guy. I’m hoping with all my heart that he gets all better soon! -Heather Grove
- Thank you for the hard work on Fallout and Mage, my personal favorites. Hopefully in the future universal health care will be available to Americans so others will not have your worries on top of dealing with illness. The best wishes and a hope for a speedy recovery from Brazil. -David Nielsen
- I wish you all the best, and I hope for a full and speedy recovery. -Matthew Robinson
- Fallout has always been very important to me, thanks for helping make it happen, and hang on both of you! -Anonymous
- I’m sorry I couldn’t chip in with more but gave what I could. I hope you’ll be well soon Jesse! -Krister Michl
- Get well soon. Sorry I couldn’t give more. -Tim Midgley
- Get well soon, Jesse! -Semen Reshenin
- Get well soon, Jesse! -Pavel Tangel
- Hope all goes well ) -John Reyes
- I love you, Jess. <3 Heal quickly! -Billiekai Boughton
- Here’s to happier days ahead, all. Strength and peace. -William Hindmarch
- The Brotherhood of Game Designers* (Eyrie chapter) needs to hang together. Get well, Jesse, and don’t worry about it. We got your back. *the egalitarian rename is stuck in committee… -Scott Taylor
- I’ve met some of my best friends through the games Mr. Heinig has helped create. -Mark Grandstaff
- Here us hoping for a speed recovery! -Raoni Monteiro
- Jesse – you don’t know me at all, but your work has brought a lot of joy to my friends and I over the years. I hope you get better and working again soon. -Leath Sheales
- Thanks for all the great rpgs! Get well soon -Petri Wessman
- Rise safe and get strong, boss. -Malcolm Sheppard
- Jesse, just get better -Marc Koopmeiners
- Good luck. I hope things work out for you. -John M Weldon
- Helping out with living expenses. -Deborah Johnson
- I give not because I love RPGs or I’ve played the games you’ve made sir but because sometimes every one of us has needed a hand and if we all chipped in a bit imagine how much kindness and ease can be given to any of us who just reach a hardship. -John M Hess (Can I just say, right on, John?! ~Mary)
- Get well soon Jesse! -Steven Conforti
- Some of my favorite gaming moments are due to Jesse’s work on Mage. This is the least I can do. -Troy Lenze
- Good luck, Mr. Heinig. -Nicholas Mamatas
- Thanks for organizing this. I hope this helps out. -Randy Mosiondz
- Get well soon. -James Brady
- May healing descend from above, rise from below, surge from within, and surround you without.- Michael Redmond
- Hang in there old friend. More to come and spreading the word! -Geoffrey Fortier
- I wish i could do more. I’ll help spread the word. I wish you a speedy recovery. -Michael J Medeiros
- Hang in there, Jesse We’ll keep hoping and praying. -Chris Vrem
- I don’t know if Jesse will even remember me from a decade ago, but when he and I did talk and RP together he was always a great guy, so here’s hoping my little contribution can do something to help. Hang in there Jesse! -Mike Bramnik
- Good fortune and smooth sailing, Mr H. -Aaron Dembski-Bowden
- Hang in there, Jesse! Let me know if there is anything else I can do! (from the other Jess H.) -Christina Hartley
- Sorry it couldn’t be more, good luck! -Aaron Vanek
- I will see if I can spread the word as well. Feel better Jesse!!! -Erin McElroy
- Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jesse! -Alistair Moore
- I don’t have much, but I know what little I have is something I should share. -Jason Herrick
- Wish I had more to give! -Rachel Judd
- Get well soon, Jesse! -Greg Crafts
- Hey Jesse, even though we never got to meet up, i always respected you. Best wishes for a fast recovery and hope my little bit can help. Z -Zarli Win
- Fallout, Mage, Vampire, Mind’s Eye Theater, Aberrant – this man is probably responsible for half of my passions. (I have a Correspondence symbol from the original Mage tatto’d on my back) He needs to get better so he can make more awesome. -Thomas Mannino
- I hope Jesse gets to feeling better soon! -Sandra Stewart and Tim Brown
- Get well soon, Jess! -Jon “Snag” Kelley
- Jesse, We haven’t met, and it isn’t much, but I am pulling for you. John Wick says we need to meet someday, and I want to make sure that happens. Best of luck. -Chris Prince-Colbath
- Get well soon, Jesse! -Eric Maloof
- Jesse founded a community of gamers that play an incredible part in my life. They are, in many ways, my family and home. I wish I could give more to help him. -Patrick Dempsey
- Help for you my brother.. Love ya -David Scraggs
- Thank you for doing this. -Ryan Omega
- Every little bit helps! -Max Peters
- Please, please get better soon. We are all thinking about you and we love you and Adrianne both! -Mary Poplin
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