When I was 16 years old, I was shockingly diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. At this point in my life, it was something I'd never heard of and as a result didn't know how serious it was. I ended up losing an incredible amount of weight, at one point weighing 92 lbs. During the summer of 2011, I was officially diagnosed and eventually had to have a major surgery. This surgery removed six inches of my small intestine and my appendix because there was a major blockage preventing me from correctly digesting my food.
There are many different treatments for this disease, and fortunately, I only have to take 1 1/2-2 pills every other day to manage it. I haven't had any issues since 2011, even though 67% of people are likely to relapse in 5 years. Even so, I have to get regular checkups that are very expensive and throw me off financially, even with insurance. I'm still paying on some from a couple years ago, even now. I'm able to pay my rent and bills on my own, but sometimes, I don't even have enough money to buy the proper groceries I need to sustain my energy since these levels vary as a result of this disease.
I am reaching out to those who can donate for now in order to pay off these immediate bills so that I can take care of them, and praying that I won't have to incur anymore. There are days where I have to choose between eating or paying a bill late, which will in turn either charge a late fee, interest, etc. Because I also deal with panic attacks every so often, especially when I feel overwhelmed with the burden of figuring out how I'm going to pay for something, this also decreases my energy levels and makes it hard for me to work at the level I need to be at.
How I got into this situation (and this is the honest truth):
Moved out into my own apartment last year (main cause)
Started to use a credit card to buy food and gas and pay for some bills because my main income couldn’t cover rent and survival (this is also the main cause of the struggle)
That ended up getting maxed out.
Still have a large amount of medical expenses I have to take care of
Not listening to my parents.
Anything helps, and there are other ways to donate as well. I am also selling blankets called Blankets of Blessings, which if you purchase a blanket, 10% of each donation will be donated to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, with the remaining funds going towards my medical bills. Once I get everything paid off, the remaining funds will go directly to the foundation. I’m keeping nothing for myself.
Thank you so much for your generosity and God Bless! 10% of each donation made here as well goes to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation too.
You can purchase a blanket by visiting my Instagram page called Blankets of Blessings