Elderly MS patient needing help

$980 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 39 months
I am an American living in southwestern Mexico, posting this on behalf of a 70 year-old American  woman who lives here and is in a bad predicament. The woman is my sister, Tarra Sabin, and she has JUST given me permission to reveal her identity and post her photo.

Tarra has advanced MS and a number of additional serious health conditions (COPD, diabetes, brain & spinal lesions, heart & kidney problems, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.). I do what I can for her, but her problems greatly overpower my very limited resources, thus we are turning to you and GoFundMe.

As background,Tarra has lived alone here in Mexico for many years, after being unable to make ends meet back in the US.   Despite her disability, she takes care of herself and a beloved cat and dog, and survives here on only 400 dollars a month, much of which is consumed by her MS medications.

She rents an extremely modest house and supplements her income by giving English classes to local young people. With the advanced MS, the English classes are the most she is physically capable of doing, but she really enjoys them and feels like she is "contributing" something (which she is!).

Several years ago, during the annual renewal process, the Immigration office in our area “misplaced” (lost) her file. By the time she was advised of this, her immigration card had expired, which meant she needed to pay penalties and start all over (other expats will know what I am talking about.)

Since that time, she has never had the money to get legal status. She desperately needs the government-run healthcare program called Seguro Popular. It offers medical treatment and meds (free to those over 60), and the program is open to foreigners. BUT, she must be legal with a valid immigration document in order to register.  

An “amnesty” that bypasses income requirements is currently being offered to illegal foreigners who came here before 2012. But she must pay the legal fees. 

I am so afraid that something catostrophic (medically speaking) will crop up and she will not be in the government healthcare program. 

Ultimately, I would love to see her with other, additional improvements in her life, such as having some household cleaning/cooking/personal care assistance, having a working washer, etc.  But the first step is to GET HER LEGAL and into the Seguro Popular program, where a doctor in our town can provide ongoing care and medicines. 

I will gladly answer any questions, as well as put you in touch with Tarra directly. Thank you for your interest, your prayers and any help  you are able to offer.
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After a welcome period of limited mobility, Tarra suffered a severe MS exacerbation last month and required strong IV meds, etc. She was in severe pain and bed/housebound. These meds were expensive, and we could not have paid for them without GoFundMe!!
She is somewhat better now but can no longer walk unaided.
Also during this time, her optic nerves became inflamed and she went totally blind for awhile. Very scary! I cannot imagine living alone and going through that. We have lined up caretakers to come in and help her, if we ever get the money ($50 a week) to do that.
Her vision has partially returned but she required eyeglasses with a new, different prescription in order to see, read or continue her ESL classes. But today her new glasses arrived, and she was so happy.
These things were an emergency. We had to dip in to our GoFundMe account, but that money was a godsend. Without your GoFundMe contributions, we could NOT have paid for her meds or eyeglasses, and I truly don't know what we'd have done.
So, we are still trying to raise the rest of the money to get her legal and into the gov-run health program. We have found out the government fees will be about $602 dollars (we still have about $400 in our GoFundMe account) , plus attorney's fees that we have yet to determine. We have till December to file the documents to get her legal.
Hopefully, Tarra will post and tell you more. God bless GoFundMe and your generosity!
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I JUST got permission to reveal her identity and photo. Also updated the text. Take a look!
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Thank You, Brad, and everyone. Am hoping to get a photo of her today, but she was sick yesterday. Soon for sure!!
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Was trying to post a photo of her off of her but I got the message that it is too small. I will try to get a better photos of her tomorrow.
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Tarra Sabín
35 months ago

I still am in the process of trying to reconcile everything with immigration, so I can get Seguro Popular, the government-subsized health care. So many continuing health problems, but no money for doctors or meds, nor insurance yet. I also desperately need nursing care at least 3 days a week, which would only cost the equivalent of about $40 USD a week, and someone to come in once a week to clean, do laundry, etc., none of which I can do while barely staggering across the room with the walker. and to do shopping errands. Presently, I have to struggle with a manual wheelchair on cobblestone streets and broken sidewalks to go to a store for anything. I usually get back home with blistered and sometimes bloody hands from struggling to manage the wheelchair under those conditions. I hope and pray a few more people can find it in their hearts (and wallets) to help a little more. Grateful thanks and blessings to all who have already helped!

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Tarra Sabín
37 months ago

My heartfelt thanks to each and every person who has contributed! No contribution is too small if given sincerely, and they will hopefully add up to the amount we need to get me squared away with immigration and on the govertment-subsidized health care program. Meanwhile, I DID have a health crisis which has left me unable to walk without aids or the use of a wheelchair, and I'm still very weak. The corticosteroids required aggravated the cataracts in my eyes, and I was blind for awhile. My sight is gradually returning, and I have new stronger special glasses now, which also help. Now I can return to teaching ESL classes, which I love doing, and which help me still feel useful. I would not have made it through this last crisis, or have the new glasses, if not for what had already been donated. Blessings on all who are helping, and big, BIG THANK YOU again!

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$980 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 39 months
Created June 4, 2015
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$100
Paula McGee
37 months ago
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May God Bless you and provide for your needs!

$20
Marlane Boyle
37 months ago
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1

Big trouble in Little Tokyo so we are very limited in funds but I will donate here and there because I know something helps better than nothing at all. Blessings my sister. I love you.

ML
$25
Margaret Larson
37 months ago
2
2

May you be pain-free and filled with peach.

SB
$20
Suzanne Benson
37 months ago
2
2

Glad to help. We have been in Tyler with my mom to aid in her passing and to take care of her estate. Keep smiling.

BG
$300
Brenda Gaffney
38 months ago
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Steve and Brenda Gaffney

OW
$15
ORPHA DESS WILSON
38 months ago
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I wish I had more money I would be happy to share~So glad you have such a loving sister Tara to et this ball rolling~ Best of luck in alla your endeavors~ ♥ Dessy

Tarra Sabín
35 months ago

I still am in the process of trying to reconcile everything with immigration, so I can get Seguro Popular, the government-subsized health care. So many continuing health problems, but no money for doctors or meds, nor insurance yet. I also desperately need nursing care at least 3 days a week, which would only cost the equivalent of about $40 USD a week, and someone to come in once a week to clean, do laundry, etc., none of which I can do while barely staggering across the room with the walker. and to do shopping errands. Presently, I have to struggle with a manual wheelchair on cobblestone streets and broken sidewalks to go to a store for anything. I usually get back home with blistered and sometimes bloody hands from struggling to manage the wheelchair under those conditions. I hope and pray a few more people can find it in their hearts (and wallets) to help a little more. Grateful thanks and blessings to all who have already helped!

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Tarra Sabín
37 months ago

My heartfelt thanks to each and every person who has contributed! No contribution is too small if given sincerely, and they will hopefully add up to the amount we need to get me squared away with immigration and on the govertment-subsidized health care program. Meanwhile, I DID have a health crisis which has left me unable to walk without aids or the use of a wheelchair, and I'm still very weak. The corticosteroids required aggravated the cataracts in my eyes, and I was blind for awhile. My sight is gradually returning, and I have new stronger special glasses now, which also help. Now I can return to teaching ESL classes, which I love doing, and which help me still feel useful. I would not have made it through this last crisis, or have the new glasses, if not for what had already been donated. Blessings on all who are helping, and big, BIG THANK YOU again!

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