Emergency Aide

Hello friends, 

They ask for me to describe what has happened,  and why I am here now asking for emergency aide.  The simple truth is I have been making every effort to avoid this type of ask, but now I am truly in need of urgent help.  Since last year I have struggled with many health issues.  In the last three years I have had work as a consultant, and now only as an Uber and/or Lyft driver but with my escalating health issues that type of work has made it very difficult to make ends meet. Note I don't own the car, the loan is strangling me but that is a catch 22 , keep it to earn what I can or give it up and earn nothing while I try to find a better job.  I have no rights to any unemployment either.  I have no savings or assets, I do not qualify for aide for one reason or another even though since January of this year, I have been virtually living and keeping afloat by the extreme love and generosity of my Mom.  Without her I would not be here, I would have been evicted already. 

I am desperately trying to find better, more stable employment so that my health/physical limitations will not impede my earning a living.  Despite my vast years of experience, that has been a very difficult path to succeed at.  I am not disabled but the last eight months  I very much felt as such. One of the biggest issues I'm facing is disc degeneration in my spine which has become an urgent issue, and without my health insurance (which is expensive despite being through healthcare.gov) I can't get proper treatment and at this point disc replacement surgery.  I can't take a retail position because of this too which limits more options for me until corrected.   I know things will turn around but as of today, I owe 3 months rent, my gas/electric has a shut off notice, and my health insurance is a risk of being cancelled this week.   I am more than willing to explain my health problems should you wish to know the full details but know that extreme depression for over two/three months of the last eight, is a huge part of this too.  I'm not speaking of the type of depression that makes you feel sad and listless but the type that gave me pause about going on.  That along with no stop physiological pain from one co-disease or another I was barely able to function.  I also have suffered from such intense anxiety and insomnia I was afraid to drive passengers responsibly for a time.   

My friends, family and doctors did not even know the full extent of my depression until recently because I did not think I deserved help.  Well now I am fighting back against that darkness and seeking more aggressive treatments for all my health problems but it does not fix the financial hole I am in, and help me save my home urgently.  I humbly ask today for your support no matter how small to help me stay in a stable environment to heal, and overcome my struggles.  If there were any avenues to have avoided this campaign they are, or have been explored. I will provide proof of payment made direct to landlord and vendors without exception to anyone that asks.  Please consider assisting me, and know I am beyond grateful and humbled for your support.  

With respect and love,
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Danielle Haymes 
Jersey City, NJ

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