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The last few years have been very hard on the Morgan family. We have been fighting against chronic illness and an abusive partner, fear and bureaucracy, and most recently, age.

Thankfully, the Morgan's are blessed with friends and family, far and wide, who have helped us come this far. People have taken us to appointments, found resources for us, sat with us and cried, and most importantly celebrated with us the little victories. Without them, we never would have gotten here. For that we Morgans can't thank you all enough. 

But now we find ourselves at the end of our very limited resources, and nothing else to do but ask for more help.

Thanks to my abusive ex, I was left with almost no income, and $10,000 in debt. Thanks to the help of friends, I have been able to shuffle that debt around and keep up with payments. My disabilities keep me from working, but with the help of friends I was able to come up with a plan to keep us a float. In a few years, I would have been out from under the debt, and moving on with my life.

Unfortunately, my service dog developed several medical problems that have made continuing to do that impossible. According to the vet, she will need $5,000 in surgery. If that goes well, rehab after that. However, she will now have to retire from service because of her age and physical impairments. Without my service dog, functioning is nearly impossible. 

The law will let me keep Mya until her time, but there is no assistance for service dogs. All of their care, daily and medical, is paid for by the disabled person and their in this case. As Mya gets older, those expenses will only increase. 

There is also no assistance for a new service dog, and training. The cost of which run about $7,000 in the first year if I do all the training myself. From the time I get my new service dog, all of the care expenses will double.

Until I get Mya's successor, I am essentially non-functional. I can't leave my home to do shopping, pay my rent, or even see my doctors to take care of myself. 

Since I broke away from my abusive ex, he has continued to stalk me. I have been attempting to move, but until recently that wasn't possible. I have finally found a new, safe home for us, but as I'm sure you know, moves are expensive. With deposit and first month's rent I'll need $1,500 at lease signing. But I will also need money to hire movers and a truck. I'm guesstimating another $500 for that. 

The things I've shared with all of you are just a portion of the costs I have to start addressing quickly, or I will lose everything my friends, family, and I have worked so hard for over the last few years.

My loved ones tell me I am worth so much more than the ex left me believing I am. They have fought with me trying to convince me that I can make it, and that things will get better. But the stress and anxiety has been louder than their words, and without some relief, I'm afraid we all will lose this battle. 

Please, if there is anything you can give, do. If you can't give, please share this with your friends and family. We are all fighting invisible wars that others know nothing about. I'm hoping that by sharing my story I'll not only get the help I so desperately need, but I'll help someone else know that the fight is worth it, even when the voices say otherwise.
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Catherine Morgan
Ithaca, NY

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