As many of you know, I have had a really terrible year health wise. In March, I had a procedure done on my tummy that required me to go under to get biopsies. I was experiencing major gastrointenstinal issues that made my life pretty miserable for a couple of months.
Following that, I had a scary heart condition develop called sinus tachycardia which let to several ER visits. At one point my resting heart rate was at 130. This lasted for several months as well. I occasionally will get flare ups but have been managing with medication and practicing a lot of self care.
THEN the icing to the cake of a pretty rotten year, an old injury I had from a car accident a few years ago resurfaced as a result of trauma to the area. I currently have an unstable spine and two herniated discs in my neck. This has been causing me so much grief for months. At one point I was unable to work for 3 months because my pain and symptoms were so acute. I am currently in physical therapy and trying many alternative therapies to avoid surgery. I am living in pain daily and it's a nightmare.
As a result of all of these health scares I have accumulated a huge debt. I was denied $2500 worth of disability through my job and was really relying on. I have so many bills that I am unable to pay and they are slowing drifting into collections. I have been so prideful and haven't asked for any help from the people that I love. I have been completely mortified at the idea of asking for help because I feel that there are so many other folks in way more dire positions than myself. I feel SO incredibly lucky to have the community and support network that I have. I really have no clue how I could survive any of this without you.
I am asking for help because I truly need it. I am at the bottom of the bottoms and can't catch up. Paying rent and bills has been so close to the bone for me during the last 6 months. I feel competely defeated. My mental health has not been very stable because of pain and financial struggles. I want to be in a positon where I can manage my bills and focus on healing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. As mentioned before, this is so hard for me to do. I appreciate any shares of this post and any dollar donated. I appreciate any warm thoughts and wishes for folks unable to donate. I appreciate all your love and support.
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