Last Hope: Kathleen Brennan Medical Fund

*EDIT(S): Since originally posting, I have filed application for SSDI & also unfortunately had a small stroke, & then 2 additional TIAs.* The funds raised so far have paid my rent for November '18 - March '19 plus utilities (electric & water). I have been given a 60-day limit by car title loan to save my car. I lost my car insurance of 39+ yrs w/State Farm (NEVER an at-fault accident!) due to lapse & as a result, the state of LA has fined me SIX HUNDRED dollars & I can not renew my Drivers License. I've lost my Renters Insurance. I have not had health insurance now (so no treatments or meds, except ER & hospitalizations) for 5 mos & it's been a nightmare. My Therapist has been seeing me pro bono & she is an Angel on Earth. I am losing hope. Filled with fear & worry. Trying to survive until SSDI decision.
I apologize for the length of this, but I wanted to explain fully. I am 55+ years old; facing imminent homelessness. I am seriously ill, just out of the hospital again, & out of hope; scared and alone with nowhere to turn. I am so ashamed of having to reveal how bad things are, & I am even more frightened that no one will care. 
During the course of this several-yrs-long medical fight, I have lost my job of 15 yrs & used up all my savings & 401k. I've gone from excellent credit to losing it all. I tried to continue working p/t for the last 3 yrs, only to have a predatory medical debt-buying agency buy up all my medical debt & leave me after garnishments (they took $5400. to satisfy an $1800. medical bill, for instance) with under $1,000/mo to live on when I was attempting to work p/t, & not enough money to file bankruptcy to stop them; adding so much stress that I then had a severe nervous breakdown while trying to battle the original physical illness/disability (now diagnosed with severe major depression, complex PTSD & anxiety/panic disorder & agoraphobia, in addition to original physical disabilities.). I budget only $30./mo. for food & rely on a monthly food bank I once volunteered for. I live a frugal life: I have no cable, internet, luxuries. I gave up my Sprint phone account of 18 yrs & have a pay-as-you-go Tracphone. I am one week away now from being homeless from my rental home of 18+ years (which in my state is a eviction process that only takes one week), have lost my car insurance & health insurance. I am overdue on the title loan on my 12 year old car & in imminent danger of losing it. My Doctors keep stressing to me that my survival depends on applying for SSDI. I have no way to focus on getting well when all I know is fear & fighting to keep a roof over my head & afford treatment & medicine. I have attempted to continue working because I knew I couldn't get through a wait for SSDI, but my Doctors now tell me the situation is dire & they will not release me back to work against their medical advice. I am bedridden right now. If evicted, I will lose my furniture, etc. because I am not strong enough to even pack. I am so scared. My beloved pets & I would have nowhere to go.
I can provide proof of situation/documentation to anyone, upon request. All I can say is I am deeply grateful for any prayers, affirmations, donations. If I survive all this, and I will fight hard to do so; I promise to pay it forward when I am able. Please, I believe life is so good & precious. I am so scared at the thought of starting over from scratch at 55, but I want the chance to survive & fight to be alive.
With Deep Gratitude,

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Kathleen Brennan 
Kenner, LA
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