As some of you know I have been battling Crohns for 20+ years. It has caused me a lot of grief and continues to cause me a lot of hardship and struggles in my day-to-day life.
In the Summer of 2017, I dealt with a major flare up and when I went back to work my employer had me complete the reduced hours that were implemented before I went on leave. They have continued this reduction to “help me” stay healthy and support my attendance. Ironically, this has put me in a precarious financial situation as it leaves me with almost nothing after my rent, buspass, and bills are paid. If I miss any work, I’m not able to make ends meet.
This reduced schedule affects my sick bank and vacation. I have not been able to get my head above water since my last flare-up.
Now here is where I am today: I care, I care a whole hell of a lot. I work hard and I take great pride in my job working with Instruments in Healthcare. At the end of June we were experiencing a repeated major equipment failure resulting in an increased workload in a high-stress environment.
Unfortunately, during that time, in a high-pressure situation, I ended up injuring myself. I kept working through it although it was apparent I wasn’t getting better. I gave it my all and by the end of July I could barely walk and went to the doctor for a physio referral. My doctor decided I needed to take time to heal: first a week then a reassessment, which was ultimately extended. I argued that I couldn’t afford this and he actually raised his voice at me, and helped me realize that I am hurt and can be doing more damage. I can’t sit or walk without discomfort and he assured me that it will work out.
As I waited for WCB, funds were running out and I had to visit food banks (after years of donating and fundraising and advocating for food security). I also sadly had to pawn the last of my jewelry. As of the end of last week WCB denied my claim (which apparently isn’t uncommon) and I’ve started the process of overturning this decision. However, as it stands, I haven’t worked in a month and I’ve exhausted all my resources, which ultimately means I have no way to make rent.
I am facing homelessness, which honestly terrifies me and breaks my heart.
If I had any other way I wouldn’t be reaching out, I agonized over this but someone close to me suggested this platform and said that there is no shame in asking for help considering I’m often the one springing into action for others.
So I ask you to please consider helping me get back on my feet I hope to return to work next week but I will be listening to my doctor and ultimately, my body.
If I had known this would be the end result I would have applied for EI but I never anticipated being off for this extended period or the WCB rejection. I have basically fallen through the cracks.
All funds raised will go toward my rent and any left over will be for a bus pass, my hydro, and to reconnect my Internet, and hopefully my phone. I also hope to put some of the funds towards desperately needed food and hygiene essentials and neglected, but needed, prescriptions. And most certainly the physio I actually need and was waiting on.
I really have exhausted everything.
Thank you for you consideration, I truly appreciate any help.
It is really difficult for me to admit I need it but I sincerely do and I promise i will pay it forward when I’m on my feet.
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