This sickness stole my life

It wasn't even a full year ago that I started noticing this sickness I can no longer ignore. I was just starting to feel the first symptoms around Christmas. I talked to a few people about it but it didn't seem that bad so I didn't worry. After only a few months I could no longer ignore it. I've spent the majority of my adulthood doing all I can to feel like I'm in control of my life, having been so powerless as a child and coming from an abusive home made it kind of an obsession. I've always been a hands on kind of person and have loved working with my hands for as long as I can remember. For the last 2 years I've been with Kal tire in my home town of Fort St John and I honestly feel it's where I'm meant to be, helping people with their problems and making their lives a little easier. Having that taken away from me has been the hardest part. Sitting alone all day purposeless without the ability to make my situation any better. So I'm asking for help, as hard as that is for me to do. Please help me afford to get better.
This summer my symptoms really began to take over, manifesting themselves in the form of debilitating cramps, excessive bloody diarrhea, sharp throbbing pains in my limbs as well as a loss of functionality in my right leg and knee. My doctor tells me it's part of an auto immune disease that is basically wrecking me from the inside using my own immune system. They're calling it ulcerlative colitis because they don't have a more exact definition but I am currently being tested for cancer in my bowels. I was already out of money when my employer asked me to go on medical leave at the end of august, since then I have had nothing but problems with medical EI and my disability insurance on my SUV. As it stands right now with the insurance company refuting my claim and EI cutting me off because they spelt my last name wrong (I'm not even joking) i have exactly 12 days to come up with another 755$ for my car payment as well as another 500$ to cover rent. I have no idea how much treatment is going to cost, or even yet what that treatment might be. I've already spent around 400$ on various drugs and treatments in the last 4 months that have done nothing but make my symptoms worse.
Please, help me take my life back. Help me get back to helping people. Most of all, help me stay positive in the face of all this negativity. Thank you for your consideration.
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Ronnie Pendleton 
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Fort Saint John, BC
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