Help Kathleen (Finch) pay their student loan debt

My name is Kathleen, but you may know me as Finch. I'm a 28 year old college graduate with diagnosed ADHD, depression, anxiety, and autism. I graduated art college almost 7 years ago, and have been holding down a minimum-wage retail position ever since. I have been making payments on my student loans the entire 7 years that are slowly swallowing me alive and making it nearly impossible to save. I'm lucky to make $500 a paycheck most weeks. Despite my wishes to drop out of school, I was expected to finish, and although I know now that I did not want an art-focused career, I'm still stuck paying STEEP monthly payments for my degree.

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While this has been mostly manageable up until recently, in early 2019 I went through a series of traumatic events that have severely compromised my mental health, which has also impacted my ability to work. I have been dealing with frequent fatigue, dissociation, nausea, explosive anger, and other health complications brought on by the stress, most of which I have been unable to seek treatment for due to financial reasons, I am also currently at-risk for losing my health insurance due to time-sensitive mail not reaching me until christmas eve, and may potentially lose my medication for my depression with it which keeps me functioning and able to take most bad days in stride. I also do not know yet if I would qualify for disability, and it is a process that could still take years to approve me.

Better work won't be easy to find for a while, as we're in a pandemic currently and there aren't a lot of better options in my area that I am qualified for and especially not with untreated mental disabilities.
In the meantime, I feel cornered and fearful about what will happen if my health keeps nosediving and I may potentially have to quit my job to recuperate, since I will still be expected to make these payments.

Below is proof of my loan amount, as well as recent paystubs (with one omitted due to me receiving a one-time year-end bonus of roughly $300)
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I've felt for a long time that my student loans are actively impeding me from seeking a better quality-of-life and I'm in desperate need of a way out from under this. Any amount donated would mean the entire world to me.

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Organizer

Kathleen Ladd 
Organizer
Fairborn, OH
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