I am seeking money to ensure I am able to provide food and shelter for my son and I…along with having reliable transportation. The money would be used to cover day to day living costs: food, gas, medication along with rent and utilities. If possible, I would like to upgrade on my transportation as my vehicle is old which has had me drive it when the dash is lite up stating check gages with no money to enable me to bring it in to have it looked at/fixed – leaving me concerned for the safety of my son and I driving this van. I do not have a savings or credit cards to help me in this crisis. Long term goals: I would love to own my own home to have a place for my son and I to build memories in, have our own yard to take care of and enjoy gardening, mowing the lawn and having a place to call home. Lastly, I would love to have enough money to start a family run gift shop business which has been a dream of mine for over 20 years. My son is old enough to be able to help me. I have always had my parents support and encouragement to know they would assist me in this endeavor. I would also love to write a book on my life to help encourage and inspire other people living with their own challenges.
I am wanting to turn my situation around due to medical reasons that got me to this point. Since the age of 16, I have been living with a chronic illness called Crohn’s disease. An inflammatory bowel disease. In March of 2015, I had surgery at the Mayo to remove an enlarged gallbladder, total hysterectomy, major intestinal surgery due to colon/small intestine sticking together, fistulas, adhesion’s, abscesses. I woke up from surgery with an ileostomy. Since my operation, I have had many set backs: blood clots, pneumonia, 7 inch abscess etc. Picc line needed for 24/7 IV fluids. My son needing to help me change my IV bags. If not in a nursing home, hospital, wound care or medical setting, I needed home care and my mom to stay with me around the clock. In July of 2015, I had more surgery that lead to an ICU stay. I lost my long term care social work job. I have not had a pay check since March of 2015 which has made it a struggle to figure out how I am going to pay my rent/bills. On March 28th, I will be going back to the Mayo. A biopsy on my thyroid came back abnormal with doctors wanting to do surgery to determine if I have cancer. I am going to the Mayo for a 2nd opinion. My son has visited me in the hospital at some point in his life on every holiday. I have spent years dealing with bowel obstructions (monthly). I have had surgery for a perforated bowel. Life has put me in near death medical situations. But, on top of poor health – I can never rest as I always have to think of a way to pay my bills. At times, asking my doctors to unhook my IV, so I can go on a job interview and than return to my hospital bed. I know I have sickness to deal with that may modern medicine can not cure. But, my community, the people around me, a total stranger can help turn my financial situation around, so I do not have to live in poverty. I do not have to have the burden to wonder how I am going to provide a meal for my son and I. Or, be scared I will not have rent money and get evicted. Someone can take that stress away from me. And, be my miracle. My healing in this area of my life.