I am struggling with lung problems and congestive heart failure. In May I was hospitalized for a week. Before hospitalization I had pneumonia leaving me with severe breathing problems. Now I take medication prescribed for my heart and use inhalers to breathe. I do not own money. Transportation is a huge problem. When healthy I walked around center city Philadelphia, PA to do my errands. Now I have no choice but to take cabs. Monthly I spend $500.00 on cabs, this represents a huge chunk of my only monthly income - social security. Medicines and inhalers are very expensive. I have Medicare and thought my medicines were covered but I did not have Medicare Part D and paid 'out of pocket' for my medications. It is tough to ask for help but do out of necessity. During my hospitalization and since I struggle to pay my rent and pay for basic necessities. I do not have money to live nor do I have money for death expenses. I feel so alone.
Sandra Milner, Artist/Painter
Mid-October 2016 as passenger on a center city public bus the driver of the bus moving fast, rapidly swerved causing me to fall backward hitting hard on the bus floor I severely damaged my back and shoulder. I was hospitalized for a month, apartment bound for several more: allergic reaction to the pain medicine caused severe skin damage and swelling to my feet and legs. My feet so swollen I was unable to wear real shoes, relying on sandals or sneakers. Food purchasing and preparation was traumatic. Now, I take cabs everywhere to pick up bits of food I can carry in one bag. My life's work as artist/painter has been severely altered since the Septa bus accident. Now when I make my paintings I am restricted to working on my kitchen counter top; therefore, my paintings since this accident are very small. All of my life I have overcome my obstacles. As a mature woman, alone, It was never my choice to sleep in my painting studio. Life events spun out of my control put me in that situation. After and because of the fire in artists studio building 915 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA Director of Department of Licenses and Inspection permanently closed the building down. The story aired on Fox News twice and in the Philadelphia Inquirer. I slept on an air mattress in that small room, ate take out food, the building not zoned residential did not have cooking or laundry facilities. In my life I have overcome set back after set back. This fire and permanent closure of my studio put a complete stop to my income. A painting studio is a professional necessity for artists: a place to make work, store my work, have my work photographed professionally, have curators and collectors see my work. Collector and curatorial studio visits is how my work is selected for exhibition: how my work is sold. I am self supporting. My new goal is to move into a new apartment. I would like fundraising to begin now and be ongoing until I reach my immediate necessary goal a new apartment. for first month rent, last month rent and security deposit-3 months at $1,800.00 is $5,400.00. I do not have that money - if I did - I would not be asking for help through GoFundMe. Additionally, I seek funds to buy shoes, clothing, food, medicine while I gradually recover from the effects of my accident as passenger on Septa bus and congestive heart failure. I love my life's work as artist. Making my paintings has value beyond the practical. By my nature I am grateful. Mine, has been an amazing, long, life journey acknowledging my creative talent, exhibiting my work in respected private and university art galleries in my tri-state region and at times in New York City: having my exhibitions reviewed by art critics including The Philadelphia Inquirer. I am proud of my career carefully developed over time which I began as a mature woman and I will be extra thankful for any finanical help I receive from GoFundMe contributions by people willing to invest in me.
STRIPES: prisma color pencil, ink, note paper, wood frame: November 2017
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