Caregiver and Living Expenses For Lori

Many of you know me from my popular blog  and Facebook page, "A Coalcracker In The Kitchen". I unexpectedly lost my husband and sole caregiver on January 24, 2021.  I have no remaining immediate family. Having lost my left lower leg due to infection 6 years ago, I have been a full time wheelchair user with limited mobility.  My physical condition has recently deteriorated due to severe Rheumatoid Arthritis markedly reducing my dexterity, independence and tolerance for basic daily activities.  The loss of my husband means the loss of the household income in addition to loss of 24/7 live-in personal care assistance.  My age means I am not qualified to receive care from many agencies and my immediate financial well-being is in jeopardy.  It is currently necessary to find and pay for personal care assistance out of pocket to enable me to continue my ability to live in my current home until -- and if -- other suitable  living facilities can be found.   The loss of James as my live-in caregiver means not only unexpected expenses for personal care but the need for some immediate alterations to our home to allow me to function day to day which will require paid contractors.  Now, in addition to the RA and mobility issues, I am having vision problems in my right eye.  I have always taken comfort in being a tough "coalcracker", but this is so very overwhelming right now.  And frightening to face without James who saw me through the rough times for 23 years, the last six of which we were inseparable.  If you have been a fan of A Coalcracker In The Kitchen blog, or it has given you access to long lost and forgotten recipes, stirred fond memories of days gone by in the Anthracite Coal Region, or have taken advantage of the hundreds of recipes I have provided readers free of charge,  a token of appreciation of whatever your budget will allow would help a fellow Coalcracker get through some very frightening and uncertain times and help me get the care assistance I desperately need immediately.  I am  also in need of leads to housing that is handicapped friendly and wish to move closer to the Schuylkill County area where I have more support from friends.
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
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  • Jane Bollinger 
    • $25 
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  • Karen Crouse 
    • $20 
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  • Ross Alexander 
    • $25 
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Lori Fogg 
Johnstown, PA
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