Medical, General Help Fund

$310 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 1 month
Laura Wise  STAUNTON, VA
ETA: I have edited this story to reflect time passed and my current situation. This was first categorized as an "Emergency" campaign, but has been updated to medical&healing for accuracy.

Car: Background and Update

February was an extremely difficult month, beginning with an accident which totaled the car. (RIP, car. You were a good car.)

I was initially in a state of panic over how I would get to work without a car. Fortunately, I was able to get a car and can now drive to work. During this time, the people who have donated to this cause helped me be able to pay my rent. Thank you so much.

Medical: Background and Update

After a medical test, I didn't need surgery as I had feared. I'm just trying new medication.

I am also on a pain medication which will hopefully improve my quality of life. I'm very worried about unravelling all the progress I made previously with physical therapy.

I am still painfully conscious of the fact that there is a clock ticking down to when I will lose my health insurance. I am only covered due to the ACA and can't get coverage through work because my job does not cover part-time employees. 

Job and More Medical Stuff: Background and Update

I have debilitating chronic pain. It has interfered with my ability to hold a job and continue graduate school. I left both my old job and my graduate school program to try and sort this all out. I'm planning to return to graduate school in the fall, but if I'm not financially stable then I don't know if this is feasible. My hours at work were cut back after the car accident.

[To contextualize what I mean by chronic pain, please see this comparative pain scale with accompanying discussion. I usually hover around a 5, while a 4 is a good day. Also see this thread on twitter where I talk about chronic pain and quality of life.]

I work where I can take breaks to sit when we are not busy and where I can sit and work at the same time. However, this is not always possible, and working is still difficult on a basic physical level. The price is too high and my work environment is too small for a wheelchair. I am seeking a second job but have not had any luck so far.

Please consider giving a bit. $1000 is probably an overly optimistic goal, but anything at all would be appreciated. Plus if you give $10, I'll email or message you to ask if you'd like to get a surprise used book. :) (If you've donated and have not gotten a message from me, DM me on twitter: @Laura_the_Wise)
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Update 2
Posted by Laura Wise
1 month ago
Update: I have a car! Whew!

Work is hard, but at least I can get there. I'm torn because I want more hours to pay for all this, but probably can't sustain the work hours that would require. Still looking for a second option as of now and keeping this thing up to supplement expenses.

Thank you, everyone. I'm mailing books to donors who've responded this week. Please share if you can.
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Update 1
Posted by Laura Wise
1 month ago
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated!

As of now, it turns out I won't need surgery for the medical thing (whew!) just medication. So I won't have surgery bills (whew, again) just testing and visiting bills, which will hopefully be mailed to me at some point in the future when I am not so slammed.

As of now, my work hours have still been cut way back. You all are helping me patch my finances together until I can find a second job (knock on wood). Thank you once more.
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$310 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 1 month
Created February 10, 2017
Loni Townsend
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1 month ago
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1 month ago
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