Im making this Gofund me for my friend Mikey Macmillian but also a team effort because I know he has so many friends that care so much about him and love him. I’ve always known him to give everything he has to help those that needed anything. A strong man, who is always there no matter what.
As if getting laid off after 18 years at your job wasn’t enough, his mom Maria at 62 has recently become very ill having her second stroke and is entering hospice care and at the same time , Michael is back in school trying to finish out this semester in Atlanta while his mom is in the hospital in Wilmington, NC. He is overwhelmed right now , and so I’m trying to do what I can to help, because I know that watching this happen to a parent is devastating but also difficult to always be the giver and not know how to ask for anything.
I’m posting this on his behalf and with his permission in his own words. Any amount of money you could give to help get them through this, as well as your prayers would be a blessing and most helpful and appreciative.
Many of you know me, but don't know how extremely private I am. I post opinions about things, but I rarely talk about my personal life. So here it is, and why I haven't been around, saved for a few random posts here and there:
In September of 2018, I lost my job after dedicating my life to that place for 18 years. It was the worst possible thing that could have happened to me, as I didn't know where I'd get my next meal or pay my bills. I lived off savings and the generosity of friends who offered to take me to dinner, not knowing that I hadn't eaten in days. Before I lost my job, I decided to go back to school (maybe it was divine intervention that foresaw my layoff), but I was kicking ass (still am) so I believed that everything happened for a reason. October was a difficult month. November was a difficult month. December was horrible. My best friend Steven and his amazing husband Mike had me up for New Years. Even then, I masked my pain and didn't tell them how bad things had gotten. Had it not been for Jared, I'd have sunk a long time ago. I maintain smiles to everyone I see, I pretend everything is okay when it isn't and no one is any the wiser how bad it really is for me. That said, I ended last semester with 3 A's and a B. This semester, even with my challenges, I am doing okay. Again, thanks to Jared and my housemate Michael who have allowed me to stay afloat thus far.
Today, tragedy became a reality. 3 weeks ago, my mother suffered a second stroke. I didn't tell anyone and have been rather silent. The few friends that I've spoken to, I've pretended things were okay. They aren't. I was told today that my 62-year-old mother would require hospice care. For my doctor friends, you all know what that means. They figure she has 6 months, I'm not sure what happened between my emergency visit to see her and my FaceTime talks with her since I don't live in NC, but apparently, that has taken a turn. I'm not working, I can't quit school (because that would be dumb), and I am unable to afford to pay for hospice or long term care for my mother. I don't want charity. I've done a lot with my life and I have been doing well. I can't anymore. If anyone can offer me help to get support to get my mother care, I'm all ears. I'm fragile, scared, feeling hopeless, and worst of all, helpless, as I cannot control what has been happening or the distance I am from my mother. I need help. I've never said it before, and I've never needed it.... but I need help. Please