Hello all, My name is Bryan, I am 20 years old and have recently found out that i have a lower gastroimtestinal disease. Making this gofundme account is a very tough thing for me to do, I struggle with accepting peoples support at time because i grew up most of my life independently. I dont want to give a sob story, but a bit more of an understanding of my life at 20 years old. I dont want to sound as if im playing the vivtim card beacuase I know there are people out there that are more in need of course. Long story shorth though..
My mother passed away when I was 7, then was joined in death by my father when i was just 14 and after their deaths, both sides of the family lost contact with me. Thus, I stayed in foster homes and group homes until the day i turned 18 and was able to get out of the disfunctional foster system and into a place of my own. I lived on my own my whole senior year, it was a struggle, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer that year, went through the needed treatment, got healthy and was able to still graduate with a 3.4 GPA. I stayed healthy for a little over a year, was working good jobs and living a "normal" young adult lifestyle. Well that all changed around 10 months ago when i started to get more of the same symptoms.
In these last 10 months; I have had countless hospital visits, a few procedures, vet bills for my sick animal, my identitiy and money stolen, and countless bills and payments. I am trying to make this as short as possible so i am sorry and i hope that you are reading this now. I DO have health insurance and it helps a lot but does not cover all medications and some over night stays at the hospital. Not to mention i got a $80,000 bill from my last surgery saying my medicaid would not cover it and warned me about collections. i sent the bill to medicaid in hopes that that one would be taken care of. I guess we will see. I have recently started seeing a specialist in Spokane,WA because they dont have the technology here at the Missoula hospitals. I dont have a vehicle and usually have to stay the night for a night or two in Washington, thus paying for food,gas, and lodging is somehwat of a struggle.
As of now they found more cancerous growths in my stomach, my gallblader is no good and small intestine is becoming more narrow, making harder to eat foods and leaving me in a lot of physical pain. I havent been able to hold a job in 4 months ( Longest I have been unemployed since i was 17.) I have barely been able to pay rent, utilities and other bills due to poor health, lack of income and being in the hospital. At this point, Im going to have to move out at the end of this month because not only do i not have money for rent, cant afford my meds, i sadly have been struggling to feed myself. i am very thankful for the things i do have and know my situation could be a lot worse. And this is where i struggle.
Thank god for my supportive friends or else i would have never been able to work up the courage to make this campaign. Like i said previously, I grew up raising myself so it is very hard for me to reach out. I am very afraid of having to move out of my current household and not follow through with my testing and treatment. i have never been homeless before and honestly as a 20 year old it scares me. i dont want to ne alone and have no one to turn too. They way i see it is that i am almost 21 years old and have gone through things and seen things that even a 40 year old man shouldnt have to go through. This was very hard for me to write and share to the community in hopes they can help. I feel embarrased, but i just have no parents or family to help me. I just want to be happy and healthy again. Any shares, donations, and prayers are more appreciated than you guys know. i should have made the campaign earlier but was too scared to accept peoples help, so if you have a second, PLEASE SHARE. Anything and everything will help keep me fed, my roof over my head and continuing my treatment for better health. I wish i could explain more but i hope people fully understand im doing the best i can for what i have. Thank you all, I promise good things are coming your way. I will post updates if all goes well. - Bryan
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