Bridget O'Malley's medical bills
One week before Christmas 2016, Bridget was diagnosed with a spinal infection. She required immediate surgery, staying in the hospital for about a week and the infected bone parts in her spine were removed (from T1-T8) and replaced with metal. Bridget has a 25% copay insurance plan. She is in physical therapy and fortunately walking again and will soon be home. The details of her recovery are currently unknown but she will no longer be allowed to lift a 22" x 30" handmade paper mould. As a master hand papermaker this will be a big change.
Bridget needs our help. She does not have enough to cover her living costs and medical expenses while out of work during treatment and recovery. She makes her living adjunct teaching at MCAD term by term, making handmade paper and making art. Her spirits are high, the biggest stress she’s expressed is the financial part of this equation. Fortunately, financial support is the easiest thing for many of us to help with, in any amount. She needs us; her friends, family, students, colleagues and acquaintances to help her along the way. Financial support, during this tenuous time will take a huge weight off her shoulders. I know we’d all love to see that her energy be spent fighting and staying positive and light, not weighed down by medical burden. Medical updates will be forthcoming.
Let’s come together and show some collective muscle by easing some of her struggle! She’s not alone in this. We are all here for her and this fund is going to help her get through this with a lot less stress and a lot more love on her side!
The financial support will be going towards: Medical Bills Recovery (4-6 weeks), Mortgage, Utilities, Car/Health Insurance, and Food. Message me for Bridget's cell if you would like to give a call. She could also use help moving her things from the downtown studio (the building was sold) to her home before the end of March, call Cave to coordinate.
Thank you, and let’s give this woman a break with our love and support.
Her back hurt and like most of us do, she self diagnosed thinking it was her dog pulling her too hard on the leash. For over a month she would come to Cave and just sit at the desk even though there was no desk work to do. I was really worried about her. When chatting with her about this unusual behavior she would say she was depressed because of Cave having to move. We discussed medication or talking with a specialist. There was an incident at her home and she got her neighbor to take her to the hospital. She was there for 9 days including Christmas Day. She is home now and taking one day at a time.
She has health insurance but must pay 25 % of the medical bills. 9 days in the hospital will be a lot of money for her to pay and she continues to have tests done. She will no longer be making large paper and is stepping out of Cave Paper. I imagine she will go on disability, and she has a friend helping her figure out if she qualifies. She can go up and down stairs so is at home, and her family has been wonderful. She does not want me to organize a Google calendar but says just give her a call, come visit and maybe she will ask you to carry something or help in some way. I had a very bad cold so did not see her for a while (a cold is the last thing she needs!) but she did come over Wed night and is moving much better! So if you are feeling healthy and want to see her just call her up 612-807-7201. Thats how she wants it to go so that is how "organized" we are getting.
Bridget taught last Monday and it went really well. She was glad to see the students again. She says she just takes one day at a time.
I love these pictures! They are incredible!
Wishing you well and holding you in my thoughts. You are fortunate to receive so much financial support in this situation.
Bridget, I am so happy that you are at home!I hope things continue to progress and that you will be back on your feet soon.