Healthcare, Wellness

$1,652 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 47 months
In July of 2014, I found myself in the ER and was admitted to the hospital with surgery afterwards. All in the midst of trying to move! I was able to get immediate needs covered but now I find myself  still overwhelmed financially and emotionally with debt.

Shortly after surgery, we relocated and I became unemployed. I was able to find a contract project back in April/May 2015 that paid well enough for me to pay down some of the debt incurred in 2014. The copays and deductibles of the hospital stay and surgery were quite high. I was unemployed most of the year. My long-term partner was able to cover our housing (we were in the SF Bay Area so this is very high). Plus he took on some of my medical expenses from previous year and paid for the copays that I could not. However, I still have outstanding student loans in excess of $50,000 which I was able to get deferred for a time. I do have about $10,000 in other education related debt that I was paying on when I had income. I was able to find a decent part-time job to stretch our budget to cover our bills, food, pet supplies and the like.  Unfortunately, I did not thrive in the Bay Area.   

We moved back to Arizona in Sept 2016 with the goal of returning to a place with more in person support available plus lower living costs and more sunshine. I was able to work for a brief time but was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and impaired kidney function. I was finally diagnosed in October 2017 with chronic kidney disease.  I have made changes to my diet and am hopeful that the progress of kidney damage will slow or reverse.  Feb 2018: I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc.  I've been referred to a specialist.  Lab work in Jan showed abnormal values, this led to a referral to a hematologist.  As of now, the hematologist does not feel my abnormal bloodwork is of concern.  I have a follow up in September. 

My partner truly does what they can but a single paycheck only stretches so far.  In the meantime, I'm trying to find a steady source of income.  Since I am not able to work at a regular job, I have started turning my hobby of jewelcrafting into a business. Dragon & Wolf Crafts    I've gotten 20 sales so far.  I am hopeful I can eventually earn enough money regularly to help pay the bills and move forward.  Right now, however, I need a bit of help. 

So I thought I would send this out into the universe and see what happens. Where will the money go? Pay the copays and other expenses incurred while trying to maintain and improve my health by seeing my care team (primary doctor, nephrologist, hematologist, neurosurgeon, therapist)  and taking my medications.

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The rheumatologist is putting me on a new medication. It's for joint pain. Unfortunately, the pharmacy was out of stock so I am waiting to hear back from them.

My hands are super painful but I have to make jewelry for my shop and for the convention this weekend.

I am hoping to get enough sales to give me breathing room for a bit.
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Spent the entire morning doing medical stuff. Finally saw the rheumatologist. He ordered blood work and x-rays. He poked and prodded, did ROM and strength and checked all my joints.

Then I had adventures in blood draws. It wasn't too bad. Just an inexperienced person who wasn't able to get my veins to cooperate. Luckily, experienced person took over and took many, many vials of blood. Now I have bandages on both arms.

Then I went over to the radiology place and got x-rays of my right shoulder, both hips, both hands and right foot. Wheeee!

I'm very tired now. Hopefully, I will hear something by tomorrow afternoon. Answers would be awesome.

Thanks for your support. Thank you for helping me feed my cats, myself and pay copays. I still need help with the dental stuff. Any amount will help.

Thanks again!
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Frustrating visit with the neurosurgeon yesterday. He doesn't think surgery is necessary, so yay. Pain management and PT are his suggestions. Because of my CKD, there's a lot of pain meds that I cannot take, sadly. So that'll be fun. I have a visit with a rheumatologist next week to see about my arthritis. Maybe he'll have some good ideas for pain management. Let's hope so!

Huge thank you for the support so far. I did get into another show so I'm hoping that I will be able to do more shows and *fingers crossed* actually net some income.

The move was a big, huge, ugly hassle but it is done. Except for the unpacking. I did, however, manage to get some crafting in. Yay!

Otherwise, I've been struggling. Not sleeping much or well. Lots of pain. Need to pick up kidney/diabetic friendly foods to stock the pantry. I keep forgetting to eat. I've been weeping over everything from sad songs to reminders of my Dad (all the Father's Day ads) and just everything. I'm so glad I had therapy today. I felt near to breaking. The session was so helpful and left me with some hope to cling to.

Please share and give if you are able. Thank you so much!
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Two days later and my teeth still hurt. Very sensitive to cold. Ugh. Anyway, my thanks for the support. It doesn't look like I'll hit my goal. Feel free to buy stuff at my shop or give a gift here. I still need $200 by the end of the month. I can delay the dental stuff for a bit. But not too long, that cavity on the side of my molar next to my crown needs to be fixed as soon as I am able.

Meanwhile, I am creating new items for the shop and for the convention next month. Any help with signal boosting my shop or sharing this fundraiser is greatly appreciated!
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$1,652 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 47 months
Created July 21, 2014
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Deborah Ruppert
1 month ago

Doing what I can, wish it could be more.

46 months ago
Carolyn Milos
46 months ago

Hope everything goes well - let me know how everything turns out! Love you!

Lisa Harrigan
46 months ago

Take care lovely lady. Can't wait to see you here.

46 months ago
Vicky Gallardo
46 months ago

Sending best wishes for your health and relocation!

Jan Schroeder
46 months ago

Best wishes, Cheryl!

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