Rachel's Medical, Vet Bill and Rent Help

My name is Rachel, and I am an artist. I have two precious cats, Skimbleshanks and Furby. I love trying out new arts and crafts mediums, gardening vegetables and fruits, like to gawk in silly amazement at the very ordinary birds and squirrels at the park pond, am a fan of video games like Legend of Zelda and Xenoblade, am pansexual and demisexual, and if pizza were healthier I would eat it forever.

My mental health has been worsening over the last few years. depression has kept me from getting out of bed on too many days. I need therapy and can't afford the sessions. I've been trying to get medical insurance but my case keeps getting closed, so getting access to health care at all has been brutal.

I have lost my retail job some time ago because of mental health issues and am still not mentally stable enough to work a regular job. I try to make money by painting for clients and enjoy doing that much more than retail, but it's been really difficult to find enough clients. I lost my other cat, Simon, last year to a bladder obstruction that wasn't caught soon enough, and it was a major blow to both my mental health and money. He was my best friend and I am still in grief.

I have been struggling to pay rent, buy food, and care for my cats. The landlord wants to kick me out because I can't pay all the rent every month. Health and mental health issues on top of this make me stressed all the time and it's been extremely difficult to manage. My few family members won't help. I feel very isolated and overwhelmed. I am scared of being homeless. There is nowhere to go around here.

I want to be strong and able to function someday. Getting on my feet without help feels impossible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Rachel Gatlin
Long Beach, CA

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