Lisa's Medical Expenses

$18,930 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 216 people in 27 months
It's me, Lisa Berg!  I have owned a small coffeehouse in south Minneapolis for 20 years, a place that welcomes all and provides gallery space for local artists. I am trying to raise money to pay medical bills that I have accumulated over the past year.  My bank account has been depleted and I have nothing left to pay the huge bills that remain.   I live alone and my health deteriorated without warning and resulted in my hospitalization and subsequent rehab.  After a long rehab, I returned to my 2nd floor apartment, but it has still been 6 months before I could make it back down those stairs.  I am now venturing out and trying to rejoin the wonderfuI world, but I need help with the financial hole I find myself in.  Your help will go directly to pay the bills    It means so much to me because although asking for help feels difficult, I have to.  I am.  I'll be thankful. 
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Thank you all for your help. I am bereft at having my business equipment and lease going to two former baristas. By the end of this year, the Blue Moon will cease to exist. I am looking for work, trying to find equilibrium. I had no plan to end the sweet little business, but my landlord opted to lease the space to them and I am without recourse. I'm a resilient person, find hope in difficult circumstances, am a scrapper when I must be a scrapper. After the past three years and working my ass off to recover my health, pay medical bills, continue the pt rehab on my own at home---having to accept that I won't have the Blue Moon, an income, the comfort of the place boggles my mind. I'm tuckered out and doing the best I can each day. I do feel like a failure and that hurts.
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Thanks Mindy Kelly for your generous donation. I will miss having you wonderful teas at the Blue Moon!
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Trying to share thanks to Facebook. Some posts bounce back, some don't. Who knows? I'm going to make lentil stew or soup tomorrow. Feel free to come over to my house for a bowl and some company. Groceries won't be here until mid-afternoon, so perhaps the next day will be a better option. Also, I'm going to ask someone to bring some over to the Blue Moon for baristas and any customers who would like something to eat. How I pined for having a kitchen in the walled off area in our space. Drat.
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Thanks all for the help. The Blue Moon is still going strong. Here's hoping you'll be able to stop in before our last day.
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Lisa
1 month ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Lisa Berg
5 months ago

Hi all. I was asked to share this by overseas friends. Please don't be angry. I continue to receive medical bills!

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Lisa Berg
6 months ago

I keep receiving medical bills. I have no money left. I cannot get to my business because my car was broken into, the battery died, and I haven't the money for a battery. The business cannot accommodate a salary for me if I'm not there. It's just not a fair thing to do to the business. I tried to borrow from my bank and they said no. This after banking there since 1980.

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Lisa Berg
10 months ago

Hi hi. There are several ways you could help out. One is to contribute to the GoFundMe. The other is to go to the Blue Moon with your friends. Until we get busier, I cannot receive an income. I am in dire straits and am more frightened than I ever have been before. This is the year I turn 60 and financially, I've lost most everything. Anyway, I think I'll stop now. Currently, neither the Blue Moon nor I can make any donations to the wonderful people and groups I've usually been able to support. That breaks my heart.

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Lisa Berg
10 months ago

I'm really beat today. I want to get back to work at the Blue Moon, yet it's a real struggle using the walker on ice and snow. And my stairs are icy which means I can't use them. The walker usually freezes to the sidewalk at the base of the stairs which makes things silly. Up until these past two winters, I've loved winter, yet after two falls, I'm not going to chance it until the ice and snow are mostly gone. I'm grateful that my sweet apartment is cozy and beautiful and I love having visitors. Blue Moon is slow, so I don't get paid. That makes bill paying difficult. I am scared and the financial worries are giving me a stomach ache. For my own pt, I pedal on this neat little dealie that just has two pedals. It's not a whole bicycle. Just the part that I hope will help me to strengthen my legs thereby improving my balance. I wish I could have you over for something tasty, but my funds are such that I can pay rent, buy cat food and litter, my medicines. I really can cook up a storm with basic foods: vegetables, rice, couscous, sometimes chicken or tofu. Thank goodness I can get groceries delivered, otherwise I don't know what I'd do. If you have an hour or so, go to the Blue Moon and read or have some coffee or tea or chai or hot chocolate or fizzy water. And have some company. I love the people there and hope hope hope that by spring, I can be there. I'm also making lots of plans for necessary changes. Little achievable goals and all that. Dang it.

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Thank you everyone!

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

If you are so inclined, please donate. Lisa

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

I'm posting this again since it was requested. Thanks. Lisa

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Since more medical bills have somehow appeared (2 years after the fact), I need some help. I don't know what more I can do. I spent my savings and then some on those bills. I asked for financial assistance, but though it's supposed to be for any patient of Fairview, because I own a business, they disqualify me. My income continues to be at poverty level. Many weeks, no paycheck at all. I don't feel good about taking income if I'm not at the Blue Moon and our account has advised me not to do so. He is smarter than I am about all that so I will take his word for it. I am weary and angry. MA lost my first two or three re-ups for the renewal period so I did it again. Meanwhile, no prescriptions. The heart one would take my monthly income. This ought to be my last post. It's undignified and needy. All best to all of you.

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Thanks one and all for your help.

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Lisa Berg
12 months ago

Thanks for your donations. They are helpful and you are all kind.

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Lisa Berg
12 months ago

One last share and I can shut this down for good. Thanks everyone.

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Lisa Berg
12 months ago

I opened up my GFM site again. Bills continue to arrive from Walker Methodist and BCBSM. I had fought and won about some of them, but not these.

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Reva Rasmussen
25 months ago

Lisa, this is good news! I'm glad you kept up this account.

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Lisa Berg
25 months ago

Thanks one and all for your kindness and support. I be been chipping away at the hospital bill. That feels great! It's such a relief to be settling in at my new home and starting over in a great way. Your generosity warms my heart. Night night

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Lisa Berg
26 months ago

I am sitting in a chair, in my new home, with all of my boxes and a traumatized cat. I'm glad to say he came out of the bathroom and is now resting. Poor Poppy. I hope he will like it here! Thank you, everyone!

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Okay and hello there. My possessions are packed. Many things that I will not use are being set outside of my apartment. Happily, they are being taken by folks and I bet they'll be well-used. My moving day is the first of September and I'm looking forward to that! As are my friends and family who have listened to my grumping and anxieties that have arisen. The friends and who were so kind in helping me pack (my friends Joyce, Helen, and Lynn; my sister Alison, my niece Sarah) were wonderful and I'll always remember their generosity. I thank them. And all of you who have donated to this fund, your kindness has helped lighten the load of a scary debt. I'm applying for some financial aid and payment plans to help with the hospital debt and have asked for a reduction in the ambulance fee because that I cannot imagine paying right now. So far, the answer is no. But, otherwise, I am hopeful. Stressed and crabby and hopeful. The Blue Moon is plugging along with the great people who inhabit the place. The customers there really are cool. The baristas are good and talented and kind people and I love them and appreciate their good hearts. Having been fortunate enough to be in good health my whole life, I'm working hard to view parts of the past year as a fleeting illness, a recuperation, and a strength-building exercise. And of course, some times I feel sad about it and tired of it. But the coolest things for me are the healing and the good care I experienced and the love of all of you. Whether or not you are supporting me financially, you are all supporting me in your words and good thoughts. Thank you.

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Hi hi. I'm getting ready to move and may be out of touch for a little bit. Well, probably I'll be in touch. At any rate, I send thanks your way.

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

I am speechless when seeing your kindness expressed this way. Well, of course, seeing as how it's me, being speechless is unlikely. I'm moved by the support and relieved that I can make headway on these medical bills. I'm hoping to get some reductions for a few (especially the hospital) so my full debt can be reduced. I think Regions will be amenable if I fill out some paperwork. I'd love to get what I owe down to $25,000. That would be wonderful! And someday, I'll be caught up. But, this....this is great.

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Your help is wonderful! Thank you.

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Lisa
1 month ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Lisa Berg
5 months ago

Hi all. I was asked to share this by overseas friends. Please don't be angry. I continue to receive medical bills!

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Lisa Berg
6 months ago

I keep receiving medical bills. I have no money left. I cannot get to my business because my car was broken into, the battery died, and I haven't the money for a battery. The business cannot accommodate a salary for me if I'm not there. It's just not a fair thing to do to the business. I tried to borrow from my bank and they said no. This after banking there since 1980.

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Lisa Berg
10 months ago

Hi hi. There are several ways you could help out. One is to contribute to the GoFundMe. The other is to go to the Blue Moon with your friends. Until we get busier, I cannot receive an income. I am in dire straits and am more frightened than I ever have been before. This is the year I turn 60 and financially, I've lost most everything. Anyway, I think I'll stop now. Currently, neither the Blue Moon nor I can make any donations to the wonderful people and groups I've usually been able to support. That breaks my heart.

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Lisa Berg
10 months ago

I'm really beat today. I want to get back to work at the Blue Moon, yet it's a real struggle using the walker on ice and snow. And my stairs are icy which means I can't use them. The walker usually freezes to the sidewalk at the base of the stairs which makes things silly. Up until these past two winters, I've loved winter, yet after two falls, I'm not going to chance it until the ice and snow are mostly gone. I'm grateful that my sweet apartment is cozy and beautiful and I love having visitors. Blue Moon is slow, so I don't get paid. That makes bill paying difficult. I am scared and the financial worries are giving me a stomach ache. For my own pt, I pedal on this neat little dealie that just has two pedals. It's not a whole bicycle. Just the part that I hope will help me to strengthen my legs thereby improving my balance. I wish I could have you over for something tasty, but my funds are such that I can pay rent, buy cat food and litter, my medicines. I really can cook up a storm with basic foods: vegetables, rice, couscous, sometimes chicken or tofu. Thank goodness I can get groceries delivered, otherwise I don't know what I'd do. If you have an hour or so, go to the Blue Moon and read or have some coffee or tea or chai or hot chocolate or fizzy water. And have some company. I love the people there and hope hope hope that by spring, I can be there. I'm also making lots of plans for necessary changes. Little achievable goals and all that. Dang it.

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Thank you everyone!

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

If you are so inclined, please donate. Lisa

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

I'm posting this again since it was requested. Thanks. Lisa

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Since more medical bills have somehow appeared (2 years after the fact), I need some help. I don't know what more I can do. I spent my savings and then some on those bills. I asked for financial assistance, but though it's supposed to be for any patient of Fairview, because I own a business, they disqualify me. My income continues to be at poverty level. Many weeks, no paycheck at all. I don't feel good about taking income if I'm not at the Blue Moon and our account has advised me not to do so. He is smarter than I am about all that so I will take his word for it. I am weary and angry. MA lost my first two or three re-ups for the renewal period so I did it again. Meanwhile, no prescriptions. The heart one would take my monthly income. This ought to be my last post. It's undignified and needy. All best to all of you.

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Lisa Berg
11 months ago

Thanks one and all for your help.

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Lisa Berg
12 months ago

Thanks for your donations. They are helpful and you are all kind.

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Lisa Berg
12 months ago

One last share and I can shut this down for good. Thanks everyone.

+ Read More
Lisa Berg
12 months ago

I opened up my GFM site again. Bills continue to arrive from Walker Methodist and BCBSM. I had fought and won about some of them, but not these.

+ Read More
Reva Rasmussen
25 months ago

Lisa, this is good news! I'm glad you kept up this account.

+ Read More
Lisa Berg
25 months ago

Thanks one and all for your kindness and support. I be been chipping away at the hospital bill. That feels great! It's such a relief to be settling in at my new home and starting over in a great way. Your generosity warms my heart. Night night

+ Read More
Lisa Berg
26 months ago

I am sitting in a chair, in my new home, with all of my boxes and a traumatized cat. I'm glad to say he came out of the bathroom and is now resting. Poor Poppy. I hope he will like it here! Thank you, everyone!

+ Read More
Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Okay and hello there. My possessions are packed. Many things that I will not use are being set outside of my apartment. Happily, they are being taken by folks and I bet they'll be well-used. My moving day is the first of September and I'm looking forward to that! As are my friends and family who have listened to my grumping and anxieties that have arisen. The friends and who were so kind in helping me pack (my friends Joyce, Helen, and Lynn; my sister Alison, my niece Sarah) were wonderful and I'll always remember their generosity. I thank them. And all of you who have donated to this fund, your kindness has helped lighten the load of a scary debt. I'm applying for some financial aid and payment plans to help with the hospital debt and have asked for a reduction in the ambulance fee because that I cannot imagine paying right now. So far, the answer is no. But, otherwise, I am hopeful. Stressed and crabby and hopeful. The Blue Moon is plugging along with the great people who inhabit the place. The customers there really are cool. The baristas are good and talented and kind people and I love them and appreciate their good hearts. Having been fortunate enough to be in good health my whole life, I'm working hard to view parts of the past year as a fleeting illness, a recuperation, and a strength-building exercise. And of course, some times I feel sad about it and tired of it. But the coolest things for me are the healing and the good care I experienced and the love of all of you. Whether or not you are supporting me financially, you are all supporting me in your words and good thoughts. Thank you.

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Hi hi. I'm getting ready to move and may be out of touch for a little bit. Well, probably I'll be in touch. At any rate, I send thanks your way.

+ Read More
Lisa Berg
27 months ago

I am speechless when seeing your kindness expressed this way. Well, of course, seeing as how it's me, being speechless is unlikely. I'm moved by the support and relieved that I can make headway on these medical bills. I'm hoping to get some reductions for a few (especially the hospital) so my full debt can be reduced. I think Regions will be amenable if I fill out some paperwork. I'd love to get what I owe down to $25,000. That would be wonderful! And someday, I'll be caught up. But, this....this is great.

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Lisa Berg
27 months ago

Your help is wonderful! Thank you.

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