Like everyone else, I hate asking for any type of help or charity. I am usually the one helping others, so this is very difficult to do, but I am beyond desperate at this point in time.
I was diagnosed with Charcot Foot last month, and I am currently unable to walk. Charcot Foot is a rare disease that causes the bones in the feet to break down and collapse. I must wear a cast to prevent the bones from continuing to collapse. I am in a wheelchair, and per doctor's orders I am currently unable to work. Since I work for a non-profit organization, my place of employment does not offer short term disability, and I have used up all of my sick time, vacation time and personal days. Basically I have no form of income. I applied for Social Security Disability because I am unsure when I will be able to return to work. If my disability is approved( and there is a chance I may not be approved), it takes up to 2 years to get a check. I foolishly stopped paying for my supplemental insurance because I needed that money to be able to pay for my insulin and other medical expenses that my insurance co-pays do not cover.
In the meantime, bills are piling up, and I am in jeopardy of having some of my utilities shut off. I am swallowing my pride and asking for help. This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. If you know me, you know that I am a very private person, and it is extremely difficult to share this shameful situation. I am at a very low point in my life financially and mentally. I am hanging in there the best that I am able. It sucks feeling like a tremendous burden and a waste of space.
Like I stated earlier, I hate asking for any type of assistance, but I will be eternally grateful for any help. Once I am back on my feet both figuratively and literally, I will pay it forward and help others in need. Be it financially or serving others. Once I am back to normal, I will help those who helped me when I was down. If you are able to help me, please know that money will be used to pay bills, pay for doctor visits and medication and to buy groceries.
I have reached out to a few local organizations, but I had very little success. Maybe this is a bad idea asking for this kind of help since I know there are so many other folks out there in far worse situations than I am in. I honestly don't know what else to do.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and have a groovy day.
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- Mateo :)