I have a wonderful boss and great co-workers at NAU who are thankfully very understanding about my health and the number of days I am missing (sometimes 6-10 days a month). I feel very guilty about making their days more difficulty when I can't get into work. I have FMLA intermittent leave but since I do miss so much work I have no sick or vacation time left. So the 11 work days I will miss when I go to Mayo will be all unpaid time. NAU has a compassionate leave program but you have to be out 45 consecutive days to qualify/apply. In addition to needing to pay for this medical visit we are going to need to continue to pay all our regular bills.
Living in Flagstaff, my husband and three boys and I have struggled but we always seem to make ends meet. Thanks to so many guardian angels we have never gone hungry and we have never lost our home. We unfortunately have no savings so any unexpected expenses tend to put us behind.
My family has been very supportive and patient especially on my really bad days. One of the main reasons I want to feel good is so I don’t have to burden them or my work anymore.
We need money for my travel, hotel and food while I’m in Minnesota. We decided it would be less expensive if I went alone which means my husband and boys need to eat, get to work and school and pay bills while I’m gone. My oldest son has started having seizures again, in fact he had one a few days ago, so he cannot drive until November (IF he has no more seizures). My first appointment at the Mayo clinic is on September 6, 2018. I should be able to return home by September 19, 2018.
It was a very hard decision to post my story and ask people for help. But right now we really do need help so thank you for reading my story and please help if you feel called to. And most importantly for all my prayer warriors(you know who you are) , we could use lots of prayers. Thank you.
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