Help a former homeless fellow with school expenses

I truly never thought I'd need to seek outside help through GoFundMe or any other website of the sort. I've always believed in pushing myself through thick and thin but I come from a challenging background where childhood often meant wondering where my next meal would come from and adolescence was a troubling affair. I don't know my family and I don't have many places to turn for assistance.

To begin with, let me make my age clear. I'm 32 years old. Middle age isn't far off at this point and youth is beginning to fade. I'm not a young guy anymore. But I'm committed to making up for lost time. I'm trying to finish up my degree in psychology (with a minor in cultural anthropology) so that I can make a real difference in my world by putting my best foot forward and helping others. Thus far, I've made it mostly on my own, with help from financial aid at my local college and a heartwarming emotional support base from my two roommates. 

If you've read my situation so far, doubtless you're wondering about the nature of my emergency and what help is needed. I'll start by saying that the $500 donation goal is just a number -- I needed to jot something down in order to launch this page. Any and all help is welcome, no matter how small. I can stretch a few dollars a long way. But here's the sitrep: I suffer from a disease called interstitial cystitis, as well as chronic prostatitis. They're not fatal illnesses (usually anyway) but they cause me a great deal of pain. I've been able to endure that pain and keep up with my academics for about a year, but things changed this semester and I'm facing a difficult paths in the months to come. My pain grew worse at critical junctures throughout the semester and I'm going to need to retake a math class. My GPA, which has been a hard-earned 3.9 until now, will fall. 

That fall won't be substantial enough to dissuade me. So why do I need money? Because I want to raise funds to get better treatment for my illnesses than my highly limited budget can allow. I can't see urologists and other relevant specialists because I simply cannot afford to go further into debt. And even when I have seen them, there's no immediate "emergency" involved (though there have been in the past and there's a high chance I'll experience them again in the future) so I'm told to rest through any and all weeks of discomfort. Only, that's not quite possible when I'm needing to bus for over two hours a day and attend college courses for far longer. This has become a paradox of sorts and my body, my mind, and my heart have been aching over it. I fear the worst if it continues, especially if it becomes an even bigger problem again as it did back in 2016 (which was a year where everything in my life fell like so many dominoes and I almost didn't make it out alive).

I don't want another 2016. I can't go through that again. I want to succeed, regardless of my late start in life, and give everything I have in order to help others who have struggled through difficult upbringings and need guidance and support. I want to make the world a better place. And that is why I'm asking for your help.

Thank you. <3

Donations

  • Kiria Wilder 
    • $115 
    • 5 mos
  • Alexandra Barton 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • ertyu 0079 
    • $10 
    • 6 mos
  • Estelle Bright 
    • $50 
    • 6 mos
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Organizer

Quinton Chloe 
Organizer
Durham, NC
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