Unfortunately, my ankle would not heal and was finally diagnosed with Osteonecrosis. Basically, the bone died and would not heal. Doctors wanted to fuse my foot solid. I was told to get a desk job. Another doctor said to take flying out of my vocabulary. I am one of the lucky people who love my job so I sought out another Orthopedic Ankle Specialist, Dr. Fortin. He was willing to realign my bones to accomadate a total ankle replacement. No simple surgery. That was last June and now after many Dr. appointments, wheelchairs, casts, splints, special boots, and more physical threapy, I am walking again. And best of all ready to return to work.
I wasn't able to attend the only requalification class in December (starting on Dec. 1st). The next class isn't until next month. I will be there on January 11, 2016 for training and back to work. I will work easier trips at first but look forward to getting back to all trips, and getting the raises we recieved while I was out.
Now for my current situation. I no longer receive any disability and have no income (except for my son Rob who pays me rent) for these few months until I start getting paychecks. I have used all of my savings including retirement, 401k etc. I borrowed from all my family and friends who could help me. I have also placed ads and flyers for work, cooking, driving, shopping, wrapping, delivering etc with very little response.
I am at a very scary and desperate place financially. I have a forebearance with my mortgage company that let me make very small payments for a whole year which ends soon, and then I will owe a balloon payment which I'm hoping to roll into a new mortgage modification loan. If not I may/will lose my home. Actually what is more pressing are my basic bills like utilities, insurance, phone, gas, a few small credit cards, loans and some bills, which come due every three months like health insurance. I am out of money.
My son Rob has helped care for me, he has been a Godsend through all of this. Beyond what I ever expected. He works part time and goes to school and can't help anymore than he already does.
Figuring a way to make it is all I think about. I wake up with a tight feeling in my chest and I am so anxious all the time, day and night. It is very humbling to ask for this kind of help as I have worked since I was 14 and for the airlines for more than 37 years. This was a friends idea (months ago) and I have resisted it until now.
All of my bills are due now or last month. So any help I receive will go to what needs to be paid first. Of course things like heat and lights are important and health insurance... and everything. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I'm just not quite there. I would be so thankful to anyone who can help at all. Anything will help go toward my long journey back, I am almost there.
If I can just make it through the next couple months I will be home free and can repay my friends and family. Then I will pay it forward and do what I can for people who find themselves in a position like this.
I really am in dire straights. Thank you for reading this. And if you can thanks for any help, I truly am grateful. Thank You , Cindy
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