Autism, special needs,impacted family

51779746_1602214710787902_r.jpegSo I have never done this before and didn’t think I would have to ever use a go fund me. Up until now I always felt we had the ability to keep a float. What is super depressing is that no matter how hard I try to stay positive it just seems to get tougher and tougher to find the strength. 

A little bit about me, I am currently in school full time and over 40. Odd to say that out loud. I am a first generation college student and I am trying to complete my nursing degree. I would really love to make an impact in the lives of others and I finally realized my calling through my struggles with raising our daughter with autism spectrum disorder.  ( in this photo with her therapy kitty)

I had to stop what career I had and stay home to take care of our daughter full time. We didn’t realize she had autism until we pushed, clawed and struggled to be heard for 8 years. Getting a late diagnosis is already a struggle in itself we soon found out, you see, you missed out on a critical time for therapy. Another thing I didn’t know until we started the therapy journey and learned more about her diagnosis. It was all new to us and such a difficult road lay ahead. The impact medical one house hold income and mounting medical bills would have on our family was tremendous. We would have never known or even expected it since we had t know anyone other parents with children with autism. The diagnoses just kept coming and the stress on our small family just never ends. 

My bold decision to go back to school was so tough. I discussed it with my husband and planned as much as I could but the hardships kept coming. Our small Special needs family already was stretched, but I found no other way to get ahead but to make huge strides and put my hope in a second career in Nursing.

Our second daughter was diagnosed with a learning disabilities as well and I had to take on the IEP ( independent education plan) processes for her as well. By this time we had fought so hard with our schools district it almost went to litigation before they decided to pay for “out of district education” for our first daughter with autism. There is so much paperwork and stress and self education that goes into trying to navigate how to get your child what they need.. I never would have dreamt it would be so difficult. 

I have exhausted all my resources and I even have a part time job as a CNA ( certified nurse aide) but still the therapies, nutritional needs, sensory therapy equipment,  Dr. appts, specialist, driving , gas etc has just depleted all my strength and resources. This is my only hope to try to get ahead of things. The bills and education expenses( even with community service helps & fasfa student aid) I still have excess amounts unpaid for medical bills and school expenses. 

If anyone can see it in there heart, and with in their means to help, please consider our family and our needs. We love our children and our marriage, we work hard and have jobs and are positive people. 

Once I achieve my degree and complete my education,  one day I will be able to give back to those in need. I pray for the day I can do that. 

Thank you and God bless 

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