Medical Emergency

I am raising money because I am a new chef who just started a job and now needs foot surgery.  I will be recuperating for 6 to 8 weeks during which time I will make no money.  I do not have a savings.  I earn $10/hour and have no benefits.  I am 58 years old.  I have many bills stacked up from several years of unemployment.  My car is a 2003 Subaru with nearly 100,000 miles on it and the hood is held on by a bungy cord.  

I respectfully request assistance from anybody who is kind enough to give me a second chance.  It is hard asking for help.  This is my story. 

In 2008, I was divorced after 33 years of marriage.  Although this event broke my heart, I had worked all my life and felt capable of taking care of myself.  I invested the bulk of my property settlement in a townhouse.  Because I was married when I was 20 years old, this was the first thing I owned completely on my own and I was proud of my fresh start.

At the time of my divorce, I was working and doing well.  I was laid off due to budget cutbacks.  I quickly found a new job, but my salary was over 30% less than what I made when I purchased my house.  In time, I found another position.  However, my commute took 3 hours a day, and the price of gasoline made up any gains I made taking the new job.

The stress of so many new jobs in such a short time, the financial strain, and the difficult commute soon wore on my health and small problems became bigger issues interfering with my ability to concentrate and care for myself.  I have sleep apnea, hypertension, and restless leg syndrome.  These conditions as became worse.  In July 2012, I lost my job.  I did not receive unemployment until October 2012 when a judge ruled that I had been wrongfully discharged.

I am a professional.  I had been looking for a job.  But by October, I had stacks of rejection letters and an exhausted savings account.  My bills were all overdue and unemployment barely covered utilities and some food.  I am very well educated and have several degrees.  I worked at looking for a job, but the real struggle became not becoming utterly despondent and despairing.

As I worked through my struggles, I recalled childhod memories of gathering around a table.  Raising my own two children, I recalled the joy we all experienced from a stack of homemade pancakes. I remembered being especially proud of my apple pie.  I remembered a picnic that was perfect even though it included only bread, wine, and cheese.  I realized that the truly memorable events in my life were celebrated with the food we ate and the toasts with wine, and I was happiest when I was thoughtfully preparing meals that became part of those events.

I enrolled in culinary school at a local community college, and even though I have been through a university education, this was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I was funded completely through scholarships.  I borrowed books.  I didn't eat.  I rented out by bedroom and lived in my garage.  I worked on campus.  I worked at a butcher shop.

I graduated in March with honors.  I am working as the lead cook in small bistro near my home.  I am in constant pain and need surgery so that I can walk normally, go up and down stairs, and most importantly continue to work.  

I am unique because of my education and maturity.  I am a natural leader.  I communicate well.  I am creative.  I learn quickly.  Most of all, I am a very hard worker.

If you feel moved to help me after hearing my story, thank you.  Your donation will help me rent a knee scooter, purchase a leg brace, orthodics, medications, and recuperate while my leg heals.
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Organizer

Mira A. Kochel 
Organizer
Seattle, WA
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