Joan's Medical Issues
Joan's been through a great deal medically in the last decade - cancer twice, knee surgery, and a hyatal hernia treated surgically through a Nissen fundoplication - which has never been right since, hence the reason she's in her current position.
Joan's only income is Social Security and a small pension totaling just under $1050. per month. She was able to supplement this with part time work at a local shop, but since the Nissen fundoplication , her health has gone further and further down hill, and Joan has been extremely ill and unable to work.
Currently, Joan is being treated by a team of doctors at Stanford, which, fortunately, her current insurance is covering. Her physicians are looking into a couple of different options, including revision surgery, as previous procedures performed over the past year have not fixed the problems of a slipped fundoplication and mesh adhesions on the esophagus and stomach.
What She's Doing and How We Can Help
Joan has always taken care of herself and is a survivor - when she raised her daughter alone after leaving an abusive husband to dealing with cancer - she's made it through. But this time she's feeling beat. She is working with a social worker to get into subsidized senior housing, but the waiting lists are long. Losing her apartment and being homeless is just around the corner. She really needs help covering expenses - her rent, medical insurance, travel to Stanford (a 250 mile round trip), and other incidentals during the upcoming months.
Unfortunately, Joan's situation is far from unique. Many seniors who worked hard their whole lives find themselves alone and in similar situations. A few untimely ailments, and a little bad luck and this could be any one of us. I don't know exactly how much money will keep Joan afloat until her surgery is done and she is well, or when she will get into HUD housing, but I figure around $5,000. should give her a decent cushion to get her through this hard time.
I'm just a regular person trying to help a friend. Those who know me, know about the only time I ask for folks to contribute is for an occasional animal charity. But, in this case, for the past months, I've sat by and watched a friend's situation grow more desperate by the day. I can't think of any way to make a significant enough difference other than to ask, or beg, if you will.
The picture above is of me and Joan shortly after she finished chemo for breast cancer. I'm also including a picture of the letter Joan's Social Worker is sending along with her housing applications, for further reference.
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