Hello all! This is Carolyn Byerly and 2018 has been an extremely difficult year for our little family (Brian, Kieran, and I); financially, emotionally, and health wise. At the end of August, Brian lost his therapist job unexpectedly at the hospital. Brian made all the money in our family, as I am a stay at home mom to our three-year-old son Kieran and not able to work because of my complex and ongoing health concerns. Just this year alone, I have been hospitalized 4 times. As of early September, we have been struggling to make ends meet. We have no insurance, because Cobra was astronomically high in price. $2,400 a month and we haven't even received the paperwork to sign up even if we could afford it! We did apply for Medicaid but are anxiously waiting for my hopeful acceptance. I desperately need help to pay for the ongoing health care. I usually see exceptional experts in my team weekly. Unfortunately, that has ended. I need continued care and my health debts from many years ago till present day are over $20,000 and counting. I also require daily medications, including my life saving drug Eliquis for my lung blood clots. This medicine runs over $1,000 without insurance. I have applied for the Rx assistance program, but like other circumstances, I'm still waiting to be accepted. Kieran is thankfully healthy but needs his wellness check and flu shot. Brian has had a few interviews which have been positive, but the process is painfully slow. We need help now. All unemployment services in North Carolina has been delayed by hurricane Florence. Therefore, we have not received any unemployment benefits. Brian also has an abscess in his throat which has yet to be addressed. They want him to go to an ENT specialist, but that is just unrealistic at this time. Two car payments, food, gas, power, car insurance, and minimum credit card payments have been stretched to the very limit. Even with payment plans, we still cannot meet our needs. We're beyond terrified and anxious. Last month, we believed with constant prayer, and our commitment to each other and Kieran, we would find a way out. Every day is another 24 hours of worrying and trying to find solutions. We keep our strong faith alive, but now I am asking all of you for any help or prayers you could provide during this crisis in our lives, Even the strongest of us have moments when the burdens of life seem too great. If you can't donate, we thank you for prayers and taking time to read our story. Any bit helps, as we just try to make it one more day and hope to pay for our basic necessities, medical appointments, and prescriptions as we go. God bless you all. More importantly, thank you. "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.