Hello, my name is Yves,
I’m a young, trans individual who recently moved to the wonderful city of Portland seeking a fresh start at life. However, this has recently become impossible due to chronic illness, pain, and sadly, discriminatory practices from health care professionals. Though I am simply trying to survive despite an ever growing list of physical ailments (see list below), the recent discriminatory behavior of medical professionals originally meant to help with my diagnosis, has not only set me back financially to the point that I am unable to survive, it has also effected my mental health greatly, my ability to proactively continue seeking treatment, and function on a daily basis. My symptoms and diagnosis include but are not limited to: Severe Nerve Damage
- this makes it impossible to do physically demanding tasks for extended periods of time
- Trauma related memory loss
(makes daily tasks difficult), agoraphobia
. Actually receiving medication to treat this has become a nightmare when dealing with my unresponsive doctor. Recently, despite stressing the severity of my medication allergies to my doctor, and despite stating it clearly on my chart, I was still prescribed a generic brand of anxiety medication (that I was paying out of pocket for) that caused such a severe reaction I was sent to the ER for an emergency catheter, while also peeing blood. Once again this was an incredibly expensive incident that I paid out of pocket for, and could have been prevented if it weren’t for gross negligence on the part of my doctor. Stressed induced flair ups - These flair ups are often debilitating,
leaving me bed-ridden, usually for days. Due to these recent events, the flair ups have become constant, unbearable, and a danger to my health. I am unable to afford treatments that are nec
essary in order to function, much less work ; these persistent, aggressive medical issues have made me unable to live my life, let alone enjoy it.-Extreme fatigue that makes even daily tasks difficult-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase-An autoimmune disease
that requires further testing (read-“more money”) to be officially diagnosed and treated as lupus.
Though I have dealt with these symptoms my entire life, in the past 12 months the symptoms have drastically escalated, rendering me bed-ridden, in constant pain, and most importantly, unable to work. I am in the process of applying for disability, however the process takes month to years, and until I receive this, I am paying nearly all of my medical debt out of pocket and rapidly falling further behind on regular bills
. This is why I am reaching out to the community in hopes of finding compassion and financial assistance getting back on my fee
t. The goal amount was determined after assessing all current and upcoming medical needs and living expenses during the initial healing process. Eventually, I hope to have progressed enough with my health care to continue following my dreams and aspirations. I plan to go back to school and get my degree as a social worker, with the intention of someday giving back to my community in a meaningful and much needed way.
Estimated expenses included:General Medical expensesPhysical therapyVarious specialized treatmentsRegular doctor appointmentsSpecialist appointments that often cost significantly more that regular appointments: Endocrinologist, Gastrologist, Hematologist and Cognitive Behavioral TherapyLiving expenses while I am in the healing processTransportationHormone therapy Previous medical debtsI appreciate you taking the time to read this and spread the word; any amount of support I receive I am deeply grateful for. I am more than my disabilities and diseases and believe I can make a positive impact in this world if given an honest chance. Thank you for supporting a fellow member of the community.