Jasmine-Chronic Kidney Disease Fund
Unfortunately, during this process we got hit with 2 major financial blows. One was the offset of our tax refund, which was money that was going to get us back on track finally and put us in position to move at the end of our lease April 30th. Immediately I began to fight for our money back and to find a more agreeable way to deal with the situation but so far have been shut down. Then, the very next day, I received a letter stating that they are cutting off Jasmine’s SSI because they no longer consider her disabled. On what basis or grounds, I have no idea! So I immediately filled out all forms I could find for appeal and gathered all proof of her condition and what she goes thru. I stayed up until 2 a.m. making sure everything was perfect and went the next day to turn it all in just for them to send me home with at least double the paperwork. So then I stayed up until 430 a.m. getting all that done and first thing the next morning got it all turned in. And whether we win the appeal or not decides whether we can survive or not. Her SSI is the only way we can pay rent and when we move from our apartment, we got an amazing offer by our landlord to rent a whole house for the same price we are paying for the apartment. It’s a dream come true for us but will not happen unless the Social Security people come to their senses and correct this unjust mistake!
Last but not least, is my battle with Nipsco. It has been a lot of up and down trying to keep up with them because I found out the reason we are charged as much as it costs to heat an entire house in the winter when we have a small apartment, is because it has electric heat and not gas. And apparently electric heat is profoundly more expensive than gas. So currently I made a substantial payment toward the past due balance, basically giving them all I possibly could, leaving a $114.43 balance that I promised them I would pay this Friday when I get paid. But the lady cold-heartedly insisted that they will still shut me off tomorrow (Monday). I really thought paying over half the balance showed good faith and effort but I guess not. So all I can do is call again tomorrow and hope to find somebody less evil that will somehow listen to reason.
Basically this has been 2 weeks of constant devastation that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But letting everyone know all of this is not just about money. Money is a constant struggle for everyone to some degree. But what is always going to get us through no matter what is all the prayers, thoughts, love, etc.—Priceless donations that so many of you have already helped us with along this journey and we are always humbled, extremely grateful and blessed beyond words in countless ways for all the love and support we’ve received! We wouldn’t have made it this far without it!