In October of 2018, while on a date, Avalon was sexually assaulted. She kept it to herself because of the resulting shame she felt. She has also battled depressive episodes for most of her life, which largely went untreated. But, the results of this severe trauma reopened past wounds, and weeks of compounded shame, depression, anxiety and PTSD led to overwhelming suicidal feelings.
Between December and January she was hospitalized three times. From February to April, Avalon entered a residential treatment program and received intensive therapy, and learning coping skills to help her deal with the effects of the sexual trauma she has suffered. Recently, after months of significant progress using the skills she has learned, she was readmitted to the hospital for another short stay to help her get through a severe suicidal episode.
Although she is now back at home, the journey of recovery is far from over as Avalon continues with outpatient treatment, medication and therapy to deal with her daily struggle of panic attacks, flashbacks and shame-filled thoughts.How can you help?
Avalon has incurred, and continues to incur, significant medical expenses, most of which are not covered by her insurance. She is an incredible woman. One good friend said, "The first time I met Avalon I was awed the amount of light and love that she exuded. Her incredible heart shines through in every interaction she has with others, and she's a blessing to everyone in her life. I wish she didn't have to suffer through this, but she's smart and tenacious and has a great sense of humor and great faith, and I know she'll come out of this challenging experience even stronger."
Another said, "Avalon is one of the kindest and most considerate people that I know. In the face of personal challenges she has, for the most part, maintained a positive and optimistic outlook and continues to look for opportunities to serve and uplift those around her."
Financial help would be a wonderful way to show her the love and compassion she needs more than anything right now and to repay some of the kindness she has shown others.
We would greatly appreciate it if you are able to support this gofundme by making a donation. Although she is working full-time, Avalon’s current financial situation is such that she is unable to make the payments on her medical bills and also make rent payments.
If you are able to help financially, that would be a wonderful blessing to her and a huge relief to Avalon!
Another close friend said this of Avalon, "The first time I saw Avalon, I thought to myself, 'That woman has a beautiful smile.' To this day, I think that Avalon is one of the most naturally friendly and sweet people I have ever met. It is a true gift of hers, when she greets someone, to exude kindness and friendliness that are rare and genuine. However, since getting to know her, I have learned that even the (seemingly) happiest of people have to sometimes learn how to be happy on the inside as well as the outside. This has been Avalon's struggle and in the last year, she has been facing her fight bravely and doing everything she can to find peace. With an unparalleled determination, Avalon has been pursuing all means possible to get help and move forward, and that has come at a great financial cost. If you have ever met Avalon, have felt of her sweetness, and know how much she wants to help others you will know how difficult accepting assistance is for her. Even so, I hope that you can return some of the love that she (and others like her) have shown and let her know that you care by offering any support you can. "Anything helps, even a donation as small as $5.
Our total goal is $20,000:
$1,000 for ambulance fees
$8,000 for her multiple hospitalizations
$4,500 for her 3-month stay in the residential treatment program
$6,500 for diagnostic lab work and medications administered while inpatient
Anything raised over the $20,000 will help to pay for the cost of Avalon’s ongoing medical care (ie. outpatient treatment fees, and prescription medication copays).
Thank you for your continued love, concern, financial support and prayers on Avalon’s behalf.