Rachel's Medical, Vet Bill and Rent Help

My name is Rachel, and I work retail and also am trying to be an artist, though I haven't found much success in art yet. I have two cats, Simon and Furby. They are my best friends.

To sum up the issues, I am in desperate need of monetary help, to cover rent, vet bills, and medical and mental health care for myself.

Life has been really difficult lately. Simon had  health issues and went in for surgery for a problem with hip displaysia, though they found another pelvic issue at the last minute which prevented the surgery, but i was still charged for the surgery prep, anesthesia, bloodwork, steroid shots and boarding. I have barely made a dent in my credit bills from all of this, and he still has health issues to see the vet for.  He and Furby also have shots due and need fleadrops.

My own health needs care too. I have a brain/spine condition that needs to be addressed, most likely pseudotumor cerebri according to the specialist but more work is needed to get a proper diagnosis. I had some vision tests, then a ct scan to rule out brain tumors, bloodwork and other tests that were expensive. I still need another specialist vision test to check if I'm at risk for vision loss, a spinal tap, and probably other procedures. I cannot afford all of this.

My mental health took a dive this year and depression has kept me from getting out of bed on too many days. I'm at the point of executive disfunction many days. I need therapy and can't afford the sessions. I probably need another medication change. My brain condition may or may not be the cause of the depression relapse, I need to see a doctor to know.

On top of all this i have lost health coverage from work, and my hours have been cut to almost nothing. Family members can't help. Most of them don't even keep in touch. I feel very alone and overwhelmed.


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Rachel Gatlin 
Long Beach, CA

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