Hello, my name is Ariel, I’m a 31 year old mother to 3 children. 1 year ago on August 10 2021 I was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis.
I went to the hospital an exact month after my son was born due to numbness and tingling overtaking my entire body, I stayed in the hospital for a total of 6 days while they administered steroids intravenously. While in the hospital my ability to walk unassisted was compromised and over the month or so following I had to fight to be able to walk around without my walker, I even fell holding my son in the first week I was home and Despite him being unharmed was devastated. I had to fight to regain use of my hands, legs, brain, and mostly, I had to fight myself mentally to stay positive and push through.
That is the backstory leading to where we are now. From August of 2021 to July 2022 I had 3 flare ups that brought me back down to my knees fighting my own body to be able to walk, to be able to clean, cook and to be a good mom. After the Third my neurologist told me I needed to quit working and apply for disability which I have now done. I had been working part time and had just become profitable starting my own home delivery food service which I had wanted to turn into a food truck then later a restaurant (I deeply wish that were what I was asking for help with) and I had to let it all go for the sake of my health so I could be around for my family. I’m ok with that dream dying, I’m ok with my diagnosis, I’m ok with having to adjust and change my plans, I’ve come to terms with all of it and have a strong resolve to be positive no matter what life throws at me.
The reason I am here asking for your help is because, disability at a minimum takes 18 months to receive and that’s if you’re approved the first time. My family went from a two paycheck household to one and we are struggling, between two car payments, rent, credit card debt, as well as feeding our children, paying for utilities, gas, insurance, and other necessities.
I implore you to help us get by while we navigate this new normal and search for ways to make everything work.
Once upon a time I dreamed of starting my own cooking business, of finally buying a home and of financial security and now I dream of being around for my kids and capable for as long as possible I dream of being able to go the store and not have to worry about how much the food that I need to buy to feed my family is coating and what bill it will take away from, I dream of not having maxed out credit cards dragging down the credit I had finally built up, I dream of being able to go out and work to provide for my family all the while knowing that I can’t. It’s terrifying, frustrating and heartbreaking at times but I always try to find a reason to stay positive.
I apologize that this is so long and pray it all makes sense, I have issues with cognitive thinking and think/hope I said this all correctly. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read my story and for considering helping me out, and for helping out others on this site.
Thank you, Ariel