Jerry's Medical & Living Help

$3,385 of $10k goal

Raised by 32 people in 9 months
Jerry Ferris Sr.  FRAZIER PARK, CA
It is very difficult for me to do this as I think those that know me will understand. I have held on as long as I can since 2008. My health issues continue to get worse and I have not been able to work since January of 2015. I was receiving SDI benefits but they stopped in January of 2016 and I am currently waiting for Social Security benefits to be approved. However, this could take another 12 to 18 months before it happens. My family has helped a great deal, more than they should, I am blessed with that. However, they can't keep doing so. I am asking for help to maintain a place to sleep/live until I get my SS benefits as well as pay for utilities and supplies. I currently am only receiving $357 a month in food, that's it. 

UPDATE TO THINGS AUGUST 5th, 2016:
It has been three weeks now since starting this campaign and the first 1-2 weeks were amazing. The response from people was great and we were able to take care of a few things but as of a week ago things have stopped and we are once again faced with the hard reality of not being able to pay for the simplest of things. I have very critical matters that need to be paid this next week and as it stands I cannot do so. 
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Update 9
Posted by Jerry Ferris
1 month ago
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Hi everyone - it has indeed been a long while since I have sent any updates out, nothing really new to report unfortunately other than things are just as tough financially if not worse than they were when I started this fund raiser and my health continues to be a huge challenge. The latest thing I have been dealing with is cellulitis on my legs caused by my arterial problems (poor circulation/congestive heart failure). My legs have had a big problem with clots and edema and with stressing the skin like this does it makes the skin weak and eventually crack open with sores that drain fluid, then they get infected, then the staph infections start, so far cellulitis and MRSA (mersa) for the staph infection, bad stuff, I’d post a picture of the huge sores on the back of my calves, but don’t want to offend anyone, it is graphical. I have been taking so many antibiotics I’m not sure they even work anymore, another worry of mine and the doctors.
I keep pushing myself to stay afloat and hope my SS benefit claim will come thru sometime soon. I have now been waiting for 25 months for this and still don’t even have a date for my hearing on the matter. They are so backed up in the SS office it is ridiculous, complete mess and is putting such a stress on people like myself who have no way to work and gather any income after SDI stops in 12 months, just a complete mess and needs fixing. How I have survived at all for the last 13 months is a blessing from God, this I know, and of course the help of my family and friends, I thank you all for this.
If you can help, I will be forever grateful as always, even a prayer to speed up my SS process or to help with my health issues is appreciated.
All the best - Jerry
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Update 8
Posted by Jerry Ferris
5 months ago
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Hi to everyone, it has been a while since an update so thought I would send one. Unfortunately there is nothing positive to report nor have things changed for the better in anyway, yet. I am looking at another 10 months to be realistic before benefits will be approved so I must continue to try and hang on somehow. My health matters are not great and have worsened in some areas, as I said, things aren't any better and your help thru all this is appreciated.
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Update 7
Posted by Jerry Ferris
6 months ago
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It is now October of 2016 as you know and things have gotten a bit more bleak for me at this time due loss of this and other support the last 45 days or so. I am thankful for all the help that I was given by everyone. However, I am able to stay on track for my goal until at least summer of 2017 for that $10k mark during that time so not sure what is going to be next. If there is anyway people can still help, I will be more than grateful. I am now unable to pay rent and utilities AT ALL , pray for me and lets hope we can make it somehow.

Thank you - Jerry
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Update 6
Posted by Jerry Ferris
7 months ago
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It has been some time since I updated everyone. Not a lot to report other than my situation unfortunately remains the same, not knowing what is going to happen from day to day. I have had some very gracious heartfelt help and can't thank those who have helped enough. Unfortunately, this road to the "finish" is a long one and I still have months to go so help and support is appreciated to reach that goal.

My health challenges are also getting more interesting and making it tougher to do basic things like dress myself, cook, quite a pain at times and quite the shell of what I was a few years ago. I am set for a barrage of medical appointments and tests, MRI's, Etc., the next 3-4 months. Hope something can be done about some of the pain and other ongoing issues.

Please email me if you have any questions about anything, there are alternatives to using this source for contributions I can offer as I have had a fair amount of people wanting to help but do not want to use GoFundMe.

Thanks to all - Jerry
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Jill Brychta Curtis
1 month ago

Jerry, you need to contact Jean Fuller's and David (I think) Valadaio's office ASAP, they are here to represent their constituents, you s

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Jerry Ferris Sr.
6 months ago

Thank you Frank and I have, I actually do have the Lopez office handling my case.

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Frank Williams
6 months ago

You might want to obtain an attorney to assist you with your social security disability problem. Sylvia Lopez, in Bakersfield, has a very good reputation in this field. They're are others in Bakersfield I just don't know them. This is a battle that assistance makes it better. I know this because of friends that have fought this battle. Good luck.

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$3,385 of $10k goal

Raised by 32 people in 9 months
Created July 12, 2016
DM
$100
David Martines
9 months ago
1
1

I had no idea your were going through this. I wish I could help more.

SW
$100
Steve Williams
9 months ago
1
1

Love you man! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

DI
$100
David Ion
9 months ago
1
1

Jerry I had no idea what you were going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

SC
$50
Steve Cadenasso
5 months ago

It's the first of the month :)

JM
$200
Jeff and Andrea Mowry
5 months ago

Sorry to hear about your suffering. Love and warm wishes.

SC
$50
Steve Cadenasso
6 months ago

Here is my monthly donation, hang in there brother :)

CW
$100
Cathy Wood
7 months ago

Hey Jerry, Hope you feel better soon. Love and hugs, Cathy (Cadenasso) Wood

SC
$50
Steve Cadenasso
7 months ago

Hey Jerry, I'm going to try to send you $50 every month through December, sorry I can't afford any more than that. I'm hoping you get the governmental assistance you need soon.

GF
$200
George Friedl
7 months ago

Sorry things seem to be getting worse for you. Seems like you would qualify for disability. I am no longer working and living off SS and it isn't enough, so I know the feeling. Hope you see some relief in your health. I am sick too now. Best wishes.......George

GF
$200
George Friedl
8 months ago

Hope this helps a little. This is the best I can do this month. No sales for three months.

Jill Brychta Curtis
1 month ago

Jerry, you need to contact Jean Fuller's and David (I think) Valadaio's office ASAP, they are here to represent their constituents, you s

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Jerry Ferris Sr.
6 months ago

Thank you Frank and I have, I actually do have the Lopez office handling my case.

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Frank Williams
6 months ago

You might want to obtain an attorney to assist you with your social security disability problem. Sylvia Lopez, in Bakersfield, has a very good reputation in this field. They're are others in Bakersfield I just don't know them. This is a battle that assistance makes it better. I know this because of friends that have fought this battle. Good luck.

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