Help Me and My Animals

My story: 
My animals are all what I have left.  They are all from the same litter, and we are like family.   I find myself having to ask for help, which is extremely difficult to do.  I find myself and my animals are about to be on the street with nothing.  I am devastated, terrified, and heartbroken at the prospect of losing them.  Over the course of my illness and subsequent fallout from that, I have lost everyone and everything.  Please help me to stay with my animals.
About 10 years ago, I was laid off, and then my live in boyfriend of about 7 years dumped me. I was 335 lbs and could hardly move. I tried to get him back and started to lose weight. I did it too fast and developed gall bladder disease. I spent a good part of 5 years in excruciating pain, and nobody would help me because I didn't have insurance. After 5 years of countless ER visits, it nearly killed me, so they finally took it out. Shortly after that I became another type of ill, and was diagnosed with Lupus. My doctor sent me to a therapist and he diagnosed me with Complex PTSD due to trauma from childhood coupled with the recurring trauma events from the past decade. For 6 or so of those years I had hope that I would get better, so I earned my associates, bachelor's, and Master's online, but the student loans and doctor bills all went into default. The last job that I had was in 2007, and I was working operations in Telecom/IT. Last year I got really sick, like almost dying sick, and at the same time my father was dying of cancer. I was trying to take care of him while my body was shutting down. He passed. He had given my aunt power of attorney to take care of things, but she took the money from the sale of the house and ran. She gave me enough for a few months, and I came to IL to be with a man that I met here in 2011.  He told me that he wanted to be with me forever and that we would handle the challenges together, and after discussing with him, I drove from Southern California to Illinois with my animals. Within a few weeks, he broke up with me.  I made the error of freezing up in terror and heartbreak while staying in a hotel.  I hit a limit of what I could go through. My animals and I cannot survive the winter here, so we're trying to find some kind of home to go to. 

How the money will be used: To help my animals and I find a home and a place to make a new start.  

Why this is important to me: After long stretch of adversity, illness, being diagnosed with C-PTSD, long term illness, and lupus, and losing my place of residence I came into a situation where I thought that I had help and people I loved.  I was heartbroken.  I froze and sunk into a deep depression.  I am about to lose my animals, and they are all that I have left.  I don't want to lose them.
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Mary Yazbek
Joliet, IL

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