Medical Bills Are Eating My Sanity

This is a really difficult thing for me to do -- I was raised not to ever ask for money, and in fact was almost always in the position to give. But this has been a hard couple of years, and I feel like I have to ask for help.

For the past two years I have been struggling with depression and anxiety on a level I never had before. My chronic abdominal pain has also continued to worsen. What this means is a lot of doctor's appointments, a lot of medical bills, a lot of tests, a lot of prescriptions for various drug regimens that are sometimes altered monthly.

In part due to depression and health, I took some time off from working this fall. Now I am looking for a job, with not-so-great results thus far, and until I get one, Greg and I are really struggling to make ends meet. Although he's working full-time, we cannot live off his salary alone. I've sold just about everything I have to sell. Currently I can't afford to see my therapist, and I've been served with a lawsuit over a hospital bill. Money is a huge source of anxiety at the moment. Both Greg's and my parents are helping as much as they can, but my mother is currently recovering from pulmonary hypertension and my dad is having health issues of his own. 

I'm really proud of the fact that I've been able to keep going and not just hide in bed every day, and I hope that soon I'll have a job. But in order to be the healthiest I can be, I need to be able to continue therapy and afford the appointments and medications that help me get better.

Asking for monetary help feels humiliating, maybe even a little presumptuous. And I know that so many of you have your own problems, some much greater than my own. I always try to remind myself that I am not alone in struggling; please know that neither are you. 

If you're in a position to help, I can't tell you how much I'd appreciate it. If you're not, believe me, I get it. I want to thank anyone who even takes the time to look at this. I really believe that somehow in the end, everything is going to be all right. I just may need a little more help to get there. 


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Clarissa Nemeth 
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