Dawn's medical treatment fund

May name is Dawn. Over the years I have had lots of health challenges originating back in my early 20s when I was diagnosed with cancer. Since, then I have had multiple surgeries, have developed other health related issues because of treatments, medications, etc. I was in a wheelchair for about 7 months in 2015 while attending Graduate School after having tumors removed from both knees and my right hip. In July 2017, I started not feeling well and took a week off for self-care. I began having more and more health issues and problems. In August, I became sicker and I thought at first I was depressed. I had lost 2 siblings suddenly and unexpectedly.

 In 2017 I finally got my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist after many years of school, working and raising a family. I specialize in Complex- Post dramatic stress disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, attachments disorder, Substance-abuse and trauma.  It is demanding with very long hours and I’m on call 24x7. I started to wonder if I was developing something that is known in the health field as compassion fatigue. I was physically exhausted. I see my own therapist once a week and I believe in therapy! Good thing right I found myself needing more rest and it became more difficult to work. I closed my practice for half the month in December, which created a financial strain. I thought I could rest, enjoy the holidays and see family and friends and reopen on Jan. 3, 2018 fully rested and reenergized. That did not happen and I found myself in a fast downward spiral of critical health issues; coughing up blood, neuropathy, allergic reactions to medications and food and more. My children begin doing their best working overtime, selling things we didn’t use or need. Friends, or as I call them my chosen family, have stepped in to help with co-pays, share of cost, rides for treatment, taking or meeting me in the ER for support, etc. My treatment plan is ongoing and will continue for much of the year.

 I now find myself in financial disaster; medical & ER bills rising, housing expenses past due and my car is failing me. Those who know me will tell you that I’m a fighter and always have been. This is another fight I am determined to win!

My beloved best friend and beloved chosen sister approached me about setting up this GoFundMe Page. I am in desperate need of financial help to pay medical bills and housing expenses. As my illness progresses, it may be necessary for me to relocate for further treatment. I have always been self-reliant, resourceful and hardworking. But at this time I am unable to work in a field that I worked so hard to get my license for and one in which I love. I have exhausted all my resources and am now asking for help. I’m praying for a miracle in my life, for my health and finances. Please help if you can.

Donations

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  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 37 mos
  • Monique Bock 
    • $25 
    • 37 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 37 mos
  • Cheryl Beatrice 
    • $50 
    • 37 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Anita Calderon 
Organizer
Simi Valley, CA
Dawn Fletcher-Chandler 
Beneficiary
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