Sandi's PTSD Recovery Fund

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Raised by 92 people in 52 months
I have struggled my whole life, put myself through college, won game shows, done whatever it takes to survive, but I am out of options. I need your help.

Those who knew me back in NYC witnessed the derailing of my life in 2008, when my successful job went sour: I was sexually harrassed, and was retaliated against when I reported it. I had to quit the job I once loved, and leave all my friends behind.

Soon thereafter I was diagnosed with PTSD, a condition that probably stemmed from my traumatic childhood and then was triggered by a new trauma.

Things haven't been the same since then. I filled in for someone's maternity leave for 3 months at another company, where I also had to report an occurrence of sexual harrassment. They had planned to keep me on longer, but once I spoke up, I was relieved of my duties earlier than expected. Why did this keep happening to me? 

I've done a pretty good job of scraping by since quitting my VP position in 2009, with a handful of consulting projects and freelance work. I even found an employer who created a position for me and moved me from NYC to LA - only to lay me off after only 3 months in early 2011, far from my friends and loved ones.

A year ago, in April 2014, the same exact thing happened with a different LA company, again after only 3 months.

Two weeks later, I was rearended by a driver with a suspended license, causing $13,000 worth of damage on my car, and giving me whiplash, head trauma, and more PTSD. The resulting cognitive issues and flare-up of my preexisting fibromyalgia made it hard to do any freelance work I'd managed to get, and even harder to interview for fulltime jobs. A year later, the lawyers are still fighting it out with the insurance companies, and although some money might be coming, I can't wait any longer for it.

I've exploited every government and social resource available to me. Despite struggling with three disabilities, I'm working at least 5 different part-time jobs at any one time. But I'm severely underearning, and it's not enough.

I've drained my savings and 401k. I've borrowed money from friends and a former boss. I've asked people to repay the loans I once gave them. There's nothing left

I still think I did the right thing by speaking up, despite the 7 year financial crisis that it brought on. I wanted to be a good example for other women in the workplace. I wanted my employers to know that this kind of behavior would not be tolerated because it was not OK. 

But now, I don't know what's going to happen to me. It's going to take a miracle for me to dig myself out of the crunch that I'm in, between credit card debt and back taxes. Just to survive - to pay my rent and minimum payments on my bills - I need about $3000/mo. $6000 would buy me another two months, which maybe would give me enough time for my car accident settlement to come in, or for me to find a job that pays me enough to live.

But I don't really know. As I've learned, life comes with no guarantees. I could use as much help as I can get right now.

If each of my Facebook friends and followers donated only $1 each, I would have enough to pay rent.

If you've ever offered to buy me a beer, please put that $6 in this fund. If you've ever wanted to take me to lunch, please throw the money in here instead. 

If you have more to give, $20 will give me a half tank of gas. $40 will allow me get my gray hair colored at a hair styling school.  $115 will cover my monthly cell phone bill.

I know times are tough for everybody, and that most people don't have much to spare. Asking is the absolute last resort.
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A bit of good news:

I've started a new job as Managing Editor for a Baltimore-based publishing company that specializes in natural health. It's a six-month freelance gig to start, but it may become permanent—and I get to work in the comfort of my own apartment. In the meantime, I'm so grateful for those 6 mos, and for the freelance work I've been doing for the company (thanks to a friend who extended a helping hand in response to this very campaign).

Thank you for bridging the gap for me. I know I'll be OK at least for the next few months. I'm cautiously optimistic, which is a vast improvement.
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Last week I found out that my lawyer passed away, and now his firm is just trying to close out my car accident case at a much lower $ figure. I've managed to survive the last couple of months thanks to you all - and especially thanks to referrals that led to some work. But I'm still struggling to recover, and find gainful, steady employment despite being disabled three times over. I have hope, and I'm so grateful for you all, but the future is a little scary right now.
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An unexpected but welcome result of this campaign has been getting some freelance work assignments! Thanks to all who spread the word, rallied together, recommended me, passed the hat, and shared with friends. It all has helped so much and now I'm less than $1200 away from my goal.
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$4200 in just a week is absolutely incredible. It's been so nice to reconnect with former classmates, past loves, childhood friends - and people who still remember when I shared my lunch with them or gave them a ride that one time. People show their true colors in times like this, and the Universe realigns itself. Thank you so very much.
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Raised by 92 people in 52 months
Created April 2, 2015
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