Clare's Journey w/ Jesus to Healing

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Hi! I'm Clare Masters. For the last few years, I have been on disability benefits (due to complications from surguries, failed back surgery (I need revision surgery in 2019),  Sjogrens Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Pheripheal neuropathy,  Fibromalygia, Seizure Disorder, Hypothyroidism, Spinal stenosis and spondylothesis
in neck and lumbar spine) until it was terminated December 31, 2015. Recently, I was recently (January 2017) diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 

Fibromaylgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogrens Syndrome all cause severe pain and fatigue during a flare up .  Sjogren's Syndrome  is an autoimmune disease similar to rheumatoid arthritis, affecting the joints and moisture-producing glands. During a flare-up, I experience extreme pain, fatigue. I am on an immunosuppressant to help with the symptoms of the Sjogren's Syndrome and Rheumatoid arthritis but that also means that   I am susceptible to infections, making it nearly impossible to work or do other activities.  When I have an infection, I am not allowed to take the medication that treats the Sjogren's Syndrome and RA.
I'm currently in the process of waiting for my disability benefits to be reinstated. The disability hearing is set for December 19th.  It will take 8-12 weeks for a result.  My attorney is confident that I will win.  He doesn't get paid if I don't win.  I am expecting 5 years of back pay but Illinois has a maximum amount attorneys can receive regardless of the award amount.  I am currently looking for a place to live January 1st to the end of March when social security payments are expected to come in.  I need approximately $300 per month that covers medications not covered by insurance, vitamins and supplements, cell phone bill, student loan bill, and personal hygiene supplies.  If you look at he total amount given it's been coming in over the course of 2 years.  To live on $4000/year you have to be pretty frugal and rely on the generosity of others.  Please consider giving or helping me out with a place to stay beginning January 1st, 2019 for 3 months.  Thank you and God bless.
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Today was physically a hard day. Lots of fatigue and pain. On days like this I spend most of the day with my feet up. I had a conversation with the head of the attorney practice handling my case and he said statistically only 8% of the disability cases are approved. I went over the decision report and there were many inconsistencies with the report. Jeffery Rabin the lead attorney said he would be handling my case. He also said he will go as far a suing the the Social security commission on my be half. He believes in my case that much. He also said he would as for an expedited heating because I am homeless and as much as I appreciate friends who let me stay in the it homes moving around so much is taking a toll. Beginning April 30th, I will need a place to stay. I want to stay in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Winfield, or West Chicago.
I also need help paying for my cell phone bill and .gov student loan bill. I totals $110 this month. If you can help, I would appreciate it.
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Today I contacted the local Federal congressman to see if they could expedite my next hearing that according to my attorney could take a year just to get a date. My timeline for the next month is staying with 4 different generous families I will help with child care and let care when I can. I am looking for house and let sitting from May 1st till Labor day. I am hoping to have spinal revision surgery after Labor day. No date has been set yet but that is the hope. My spinal surgeon want me to loose another 43 pounds. I have lost 17 since my hernia repair surgery in January. Please pray that I can accomplish this. I will be at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. I will be there for two weeks. It's a two part surgery. Day 1, the surgeon will go in laterally to fuse fRom the front of the Spine. Then one week later as long as things go well, the surgeon will put me on my stomach to remove the old rdware. I will be in the hospital another week. Then , I will go to Marianjoy inpatient rehabilitation for four weeks of rehab. If I can loose the weight as find pieces to stay whether it's house or pet sitting and this surgery, recover and rehab, this will bring me to the middle or end of October.

Please pray for:
1. Profile of house and dog sitting or places to stay the spring and summer.
2. Weight loss
3. Disability appeal / Congesmean Casten's office's help getting an expedited hearing instead of weight another year.

Blessings Clare
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It has been a hard week. I have been having trouble with weak hands and wrists and I dropped my laptop. As a result, my laptop screen is broken and there are just a bunch of colored lines and white spaces on it. I am hoping to get a refurbished laptop on line with the most I have made from dog sitting. I have also been sick with some sort of stomach bug. Today, I got a call from my disability attorney and I have been denied. I am frustrated and angry because there was key information in my medical records that my attorney should have known but didnt. It he had down a good job I would just be pressing on but he just said I told you that this would happen. I would like pray for hope and that I would not despair. Pray for a place to live for 3-4 months. I put on a brave face but it really taken a toll moving around so much. I have to loose 45 more pounds in order to have the back surgery to help with the pain and weakness. I have to exercise to loose weight and it hurts to walk. It's a never ending circle. Lord have mercy. Blessings, Clare
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I am hoping that the ground hog was right and there was only 6 more weeks of winter back on Feb 2nd. Yesterday I braved the cold and walked to the College Avenue Station to go to Northwestern Hospital in Chicago for my bi annual visit to my orthopedic back surgeon to check in with him about my upcoming spinal fusion revision surgery. He went over the surgery (actually 2 surgeries) risks and what I need to do to prepare for it. The biggest prayer besides my disability decision to be favorable and come in in March is to be able to exercise, eat better, and loose 50 more pounds before we can schedule the surgery. He explained that no matter how strong the titanium rods are, the resistance from the extra weight will break the rods again. Weight has always been a struggle for me because as the weight comes off painful emotions come up for me. Before I had running and exercise but because of my lack of energy in the last few years, that kind of exercise has been impossible. Pain in my back, legs and feet have kept me from walking as far as I would like. I see my orthopedic surgeon again on July 2, Please pray that I make headway (I am hoping for 10 pounds a month) as well as my disability decision (its still in the writing phase according to my attorney's office). If you can help with my upcoming student loan bill of$50, I would appreciate it. It's due on March 1st. Blessings Clare
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Bonita
2 months ago
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Clare, I'm so sorry to hear your disability was denied! Just prayed for you as you requested, for hope and not to give in to despair. I'm also praying God will give you a good place to live for 3-4 months and continue to provide for all your needs. I'm sorry your attorney let you down so badly and left you with such few options. Hang in there and keep putting your hope in the only One who won't ever let you down - our Comforter, Jesus.

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Joan
3 months ago

Praying from afar. Glad that Jesus is near!

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Sarah
4 months ago

What a week is right! May God give you rest this weekend and peace in the week to come. Love you.

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Sarah
6 months ago

You are loved and not alone. Praying for your appointment on Friday.

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Bonita
6 months ago

Clare, wonderful that you had that evening with Ven. Mukan!! What a blessing to have him at Rez during Revive. Sorry to hear about that mass in your abdomen - you must be battling fear as you wait to learn more. Know that there are hundreds at Rez & elsewhere you love you and will walk with you, whatever this road holds. You are not alone.

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Julie Stern Roys
13 months ago

Praying for you today Clare!

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Sarah Goldstein Roney
31 months ago

you are in our prayers Clare.

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Lois Freeman Easley
31 months ago

Praying...

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Bonita
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Clare, I'm so sorry to hear your disability was denied! Just prayed for you as you requested, for hope and not to give in to despair. I'm also praying God will give you a good place to live for 3-4 months and continue to provide for all your needs. I'm sorry your attorney let you down so badly and left you with such few options. Hang in there and keep putting your hope in the only One who won't ever let you down - our Comforter, Jesus.

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Joan
3 months ago

Praying from afar. Glad that Jesus is near!

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Sarah
4 months ago

What a week is right! May God give you rest this weekend and peace in the week to come. Love you.

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Sarah
6 months ago

You are loved and not alone. Praying for your appointment on Friday.

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Bonita
6 months ago

Clare, wonderful that you had that evening with Ven. Mukan!! What a blessing to have him at Rez during Revive. Sorry to hear about that mass in your abdomen - you must be battling fear as you wait to learn more. Know that there are hundreds at Rez & elsewhere you love you and will walk with you, whatever this road holds. You are not alone.

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Julie Stern Roys
13 months ago

Praying for you today Clare!

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Sarah Goldstein Roney
31 months ago

you are in our prayers Clare.

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Lois Freeman Easley
31 months ago

Praying...

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