I’m starting this campaign to help my very good friend, Edwina Thompson. She has been hit with a series of debilitating health problems which have left her unable to work. Now she is preparing for back surgery in a couple of weeks. She strongly desires to return to work as soon as possible after that surgery, but in the meantime she needs our financial help just to stay afloat.
Any of you who know Edwina know that she is fiercely independent and would much rather be able to help others than to require assistance herself. This being the case, I approached the possibility of a Go Fund Me campaign hesitantly. With much reluctance, thoughtfulness and prayer, she agreed to allow me to start this for her. The following are her words:
My Christian parents taught me that if I keep Christ my #1 lifelong priority, my faith will get me through the challenges ahead of me and keep me from believing that any situation is ever truly hopeless. Even though I periodically failed to do my part, my life has become a series of proof positives nonetheless. Because I believe my faith means that giving up is never an option, I've always managed to get by on the precept that I'm resourceful enough to make up the shortage in any situation. Unfortunately, the last few weeks have considerably altered that ability. I had to have carpal tunnel surgery on January 23rd -- several months before I'm eligible for short-term disability -- meaning five weeks off work without income. During my recovery, I learned that the sudden onset of severe back pain and sciatica that began in early January is a herniated disc. Last week's spinal injection I hoped would help was ineffective so I'm having surgery on April 5th, two weeks before disability coverage begins. I never imagined I would ever be physically unable to work and have no possible way to avoid becoming financially crippled. Exposing my fragility and asking for help is not my forte, but neither is giving up, and I'm sharing this only because I finally gave in to a dear friend's persuasion; I couldn't argue with her "blessings from giving" point. Having resigned myself to accepting that currently my life is physically in limbo, I'm now relying on the only resources I posess that have mentally sustained me during the most difficult moments in the past: faith and the power of prayer. Your prayers are appreciated beyond expression. THANK YOU.
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