Sit back kids, because I have a story to tell. It's all about my wonderful husband and how Achievement Hunter aided him at one of his lowest points. But first, some backstory.
I've been a fan of Rooster Teeth since about Summer of 2013. YouTube was hosting Geek Week, and a few of my favorite YouTubers were contributing to the Interactive Adventure Videos they were putting out that week. I was a big fan of the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, who was helping with the collaboration. So, I played along with the videos.
So, I get to a particular video. If you have the chance, play the Interactive Adventure, but for the video I'm talking about in particular, here it is. I'm introduced to Michael and Lindsay for the first time. I'm not sure what it was, but something in me became attached to these two rather quickly. (Further reflection has determined that I became enamored with these two because their parts were basically how my husband and I play video games. We don't play co-op often because of this.) A quick tumble down the rabbit hole that is Rage Quit, and I became a fan after that.
Fastforward a bit to May of 2014, when I became unemployed. It was stressful because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get back on that work horse. Application after application went out, never to be heard from again. Interviews would be lined up, only to be told that they had selected someone else. It's true when they say it's easier to find a job when you have one.
Robert and I ended up moving out of our little apartment and back in with his family, which was crowded at first, but became manageable. I kept searching for a job and applied for unemployment, all while Robert kept working to pay the bills. But unemployment checks run out after a while, and the holidays were fast approaching.
In December 2014, I interviewed for a seasonal position and luckily got the job, as short as it was. I worked as much as I could, as hard as I could, trying to make some more money to support R and I's accumulating debt. While I was working I was still applying, hopefully to find better luck being in a job.
But it didn't pan out. April of 2015 came and went, and I was once again stuck at home, doing my best to apply for jobs. I applied for a Temp Service, who never helped with anything.
I was so focused on trying to find a job, that I failed to see how much stress Robert had racked up. There were several things that were going on for R that he stopped eating, lost 20 pounds, and had panic attacks almost daily. There was even a trip to the emergency room. It was a scary time.
But when you say for better or for worse in your wedding vows, you stick to it. It was hard, but we started taking those imperative first steps to getting him better. We didn't have insurance, so that made it worse, but he saw a doctor. Robert ended up with an anti-anxiety prescription. But those types of medications take time to work, knowing from experience with my own epilepsy medication.
Robert needed a distraction, so I put an AH GTA video on. And I heard something I hadn't heard in over a month. Robert laughed. It wasn't a chuckle, or the forced ones he used to conjure when I showed him clips in the past, but a belly's full of laughter. Video after video we would watch, almost all of them he would fall asleep to. But we watched our way through the GTA 5 Let's Plays, and I'm showing him the VS and Go Series next.
It's August 14, and it's been two years since I've been a fan of RT and AH. I can honestly say that this production company in a city I've never been to, who employ people I've never met, fully enrich my husband's and I's lives. This company has gotten us through so much. Thank y'all.
We missed RTX this year, but we're not going to miss one again. I hope to see everyone there and to finally get my Extra Life 2014 poster signed as much as possible.