My name is Tay. I’ve been a part of the Twin Cities community for 9 years, spending my time here doing youth work, leading a non-profit organization, advocating for Queer and Trans Youth, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and bridging connections across various identity groups.
And now I’m asking for your help.
Due to unforeseen health reasons, my doctor has instructed me that I am no longer able to work in a career field that I love, with people that I love. Because of this, I’ve been unable to work for the last 3 months and will not be able to return to work for the foreseeable future. I’ve been waiting for State financial support to become active, but it’s been a slow and steady process, and we all know that bills and life continue even when we are facing hardship and adversity.
My chronic health struggles in recent months include having fainting spells, seizures, muscle spasms, and physical pain. This is something I will be dealing with for the rest of my life, and further down the line may lead to loss of bodily control such as feeding myself and lifting things.
Triggers and flare-ups are also caused by lack of sleep and stress, and I’m asking for financial support. This financial support helps take care of my financial responsibilities (decreasing stress levels), but also to support me in accessing wellness practices such as bi-weekly body work, exercise, and healthy eating. Physical practices such as body work and exercise will aid in strengthening my body to increase my ability to live sustainably for as long as possible - and healthy eating (which is also expensive) will help fuel my mind and body for recovery and pain management.
Will you help me stay on my feet?
Here’s a breakdown of what your donations support:
· a donation of $32 provides me with one monthly bus pass
· a donation of $60 covers my phone bill for one month
· a donation of $100 supports the cost of two prescriptions
· a donation of $180 covers one month of body work with the homie Eiko
· a donation of $300 pays one month of rent
Your support will help me strengthen my spirit and body so I’m not confined to the house later in life. Any donation amount will go a long way. Please share this with your networks, and thank you!
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