endometriosis is ruining my life

First and foremost - this comes with a rather large swallow of pride. I have always been reluctant to ask for help when I need it. It has taken me a lot of time thinking, exploring myself, and questioning regarding whether this is the right decision to make. People keep telling me not to be ashamed to reach out and now I'm trying not to be. 

I have been burdened with debt since my medical bills have spiraled out of control. Since going through multiple hospitalizations and eating disorder treatment (Anorexia-Nervosa) from 2014-2016 and, most recently, four surgeries within 1.5 years for Endometriosis along with numerous ER visits. I am burdened with credit card debt and medical bills. During my time suffering and recovering from Anorexia I could not work and had to regretfully use a credit card to pay for my therapists and doctor's appointments thank . 

I have been denied disability multiple times and only started working again in April after being unemployed for nearly a year due to endometriosis pain and a suicide attempt last November that left me hospitalized for weeks. It has been, needless to say, a very rough few years. 

Currently I am unable to work and I have had 4 laparoscopic surgeries within a year and 8 months. My last one was December 14th, 2018 and after another substantial amount of endometriosis removed, my pain, symptoms, and new illnesses are arising & things seem to keep getting worse for me. I was recently diagnosed with IBD - Ulcerative Colitis as well and will have to undergo further testing and treatment for that. I now have no savings left to take care of my debt but with whatever I do accumulate here I immediately chip away at what I owe. My fiancé takes astounding care of me and contributes as much as he can with his salary but, needless to say, I feel like a giant burden. Due to my health getting worse, my symptoms returning, impending appointments, and being out of work for so long my goal has had to increase. I’m sorry. I wish I didn’t have to do any of this. It kills me that I cannot provide for myself or afford my health care in this country.

Any help would be undeniably and overwhelmingly appreciated. I do provide images of my bills coming in and proof of debt - and any help I do receive I plan on paying forward when I can. If I happen to exceed my goal, I will donate it to furthering research on Endometriosis.

Thank you so much.
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Elizabeth Howley 
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