Help a Senior Artist Help Herself

Hello. My name is Aleta Greene. This area was open and blank for so long that Gofundme sent a very nice email to nudge me into action. Yes, this is embarrassingly hard, but here goes:
1. I seek help to fund starting and maintaining a website to read rest-inducing poetry and stories to assist people, including the little ones, to sleep (a project I started work on 5 years ago).
2. I want to get a book published that was written to describe and share with kindred spirits my experience as a hands on caregiver/advocate.
3. Most crucially, I also hope that some of what I raise can go to day to day living until I can again support myself. That was never a problem until I took on caring for my mother for several years through three terminal conditions, then my father for a much more brief period. They were both victims of medical errors to the point where hospital staff apologized to me after their deaths. In the hospital where my mother died I was told that I was the best patient advocate they had ever encountered. (My father's attending physician admitted not knowing what happened, so just put cardiac arrest on his death certificate.)  I did what I had to do with great devotion, but like many caregivers I did not come out unscathed and was not able to continue my long  career as a singer and voiceover artist because I ignored my own health. I joke that my spine and my heart are unhappy with me now. I also went through all of my assets because my mother's extreme conditions -- ESRD, neurological disease, inoperable bladder cancer, and recurring hospital acquired MRSA --  required me to cease working. Her doctors requested my presence to that extent.
I managed and budgeted for as long as I could, but now I am in immediate crisis. I cannot pay my bills. I want to keep my little house, keep utilities going, feed myself and my cat, restore the sad state of my technology tools that I wore out, stay independent. Just a few days ago, I had to give up my 29 year membership in SAG-AFTRA. I have finally maxed out my credit cards trying to make it. I never paid any bills late, but tomorrow I will miss my first payment, soon to be accompanied by others.  A domino effect is now in place. Trying to keep my head up, but sometimes I lose my positive outlook. Pretty terrified to be honest. On the other hand, I'm amazed and grateful that I have managed thus far. I live modestly and carefully. Funny, I used to be able to help others. That is a family tradition. I will be the first to have to ask for help in any way.
My Instagram gallery holds the best examples of my artistry, including a sample from my book, my music, drawing, print design, narration, and storytelling. I produced all of it on an old hand me down android mobile phone! : )
Please visit @adornability to see for yourself. I keep plugging away. I just want to not have to ever ask for financial help in the future.  Still trying to smile though. With the help of two of my friends I was able to buy groceries for the first time in two and a half months.  Thank you in advance for your kindness to one in her sage years. There is beauty in the world. Thank you for reading.


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Aleta Greene 
Baltimore, MD
LindaJoy Burke 
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