Hi my name is Brigid and I'm making this fundraiser on behalf of my friend Samantha who is in dire need of help. Sam is a survival sex worker who has been living with multiple ailments and chronic pain for many years. She suffers from fibromyalgia, spinal damage, ruptured discs, endometriosis, adrenal fatigue, disordered eating, and all of the anxiety and depression that come with not being able to live freely and without pain. She has been engaging in survival sex work in order to keep a roof over her head, but after a recent stint in the hospital during one of her most intense health crises thus far, she's found herself in unstable housing and physically unable to work. We would be so grateful if any of you can help her in being able to remain housed and fed and exit the sex industry for good. Every little bit helps. Here is Sam's full story:
Hi, my name is Samantha
I just turned 24 and am a singer, dancer, songwriter, jewelry designer, animal and food lover living in Los Angeles, CA
Sadly I have been struggling my entire life with chronic body pain from fibromyalgia,
Over a decade of endometriosis, personality disorders, ADD, anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia and eating disorders. In Recent years, adrenal fatigue, connective tissue disorder, 3 major surgeries, ruptured discs, and was in several traumatic car accidents which caused upper and lower spine damage and acute pain.
It’s been hard to admit I’ve never been able to hold down a job long term or work full time to support myself; Which has caused me to go back and forth between staying with friends, or my toxic abusive family.
I have not received any unemployment money, nor have I received support from my insurance after the car accidents. My wealthy family pay for my phone bill and car insurance but other than that, I’m on my own
The last 7 months I have survived almost solely from sex work. It’s the only work I’ve found I can predictably support myself with, as independence is incredibly important to me. Despite my body pain and conditions, I am a hard worker and love to put my all into whatever I do.
Being Dependent on abusive and harmful people has been the constant in my life and I really wish to finally be on my own and live in a healthy environment where I can go to therapy, do the appropriate treatments for all my health conditions, and pour my energy + time into my creative ventures.
I don’t want to do sex work anymore. As a r***/sexual assault survivor Its traumatizing and breaks my heart to share my body, affection, time, and energy with people who otherwise would discard me if they weren’t benefitting from/using me.
I want to be able to work full time from home on my jewelry, make it successful and save up so that I have a cushion for these hard times. I someday dream of finishing cosmetology school so I can achieve my dream of being a sick ass hairstylist and transforming people’s self image and confidence with a new hair style
The uncertainty each month of not knowing whether I’ll be able to pay my rent.. is wearing on me.
It’s hard to ask for help and I feel incredibly uncomfortable and guilty knowing others are in much worse situations but I know that once I get stable and have more financial abundance and consistency, I will continue to give back to my communities and make my life purposeful. I want to always give and never take but it’s a balance in life.
If you have any funds to spare, it would mean the world to me to get on my feet and exit the sex industry for good. To never have to depend on exploitation of my being to have a place to sleep at night, pay for treatments, and have quality nutrition to heal my body.
Thank you all so much.