Hello and thank for taking the time to read my request and story, I very much appreciate it.
I am a little more than a week away from getting a Hysterectomy and probable Endometriosis removal. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis about 12 years ago and underwent a surgery at that time that keep me from working for over a month. Because of the Endometriosis as well as 3 large Uterine Fibroids , I have had to plan for this surgery to hopefully relieve me of daily and occasionally quite intense pain. To add to my situation, I am also allergic or sensitive to most painkillers so either have to manage my pain with acupuncture or rest,which is also causing me anxiety for my upcoming surgery and how painful recovery might be. I am trying to be hopeful and trust my doctor and the plan we have made so far.
The daily pain is exhausting mentally and physically but I still have to pay bills and afford a place to live, so I work two jobs (one full time and one part time) and deal with it. It’s rarely easy but I have been living with my situation for a long time so I have managed.
I live in Oregon with my partner of 22 years and our 2 cats. My condition never made it possible for us to have children which is heartbreaking for us.
I work as a Paraeducator at a middle school. I work with Special Ed kids and help them with the various things that come with a school day. I assist the classroom teachers with the students’ educational, physical, emotional, and behavioral needs. Most of the great, funny, and energetic kids I work with have Autism but also other disorders like ADHD, Down Syndrome, Sensory processing disorders, and speech disorders, as well as other situations (physical and mental). It fills my cup. I love helping them. I think it is very important for my students, and children with different abilities in general, to have everything that a neurotypical child gets to experience. They want friends, to feel safe, and to do things other kids do, which is where my job comes in a school. It is incredibly satisfying to see them shine and to build relationships. Unfortunately for me, this job does not pay very well, so I supplement as a part time Nanny for an elementary school aged child with Autism. I love working for this family as well for the same reasons, but working two jobs is tricky and at times exhausting.
My biggest worry while I recover after surgery for 6 weeks is being able to cover our monthly bills. Luckily, my full time job has great health insurance so most of my medical cost with be covered. What will not be covered is my time off of my second job and the wages I would have earned if not recovering. I live in a city where my rent has more than doubled in the last 5 years and basically we live paycheck to paycheck covering the basic needs of rent, utilities, and food. We love our city but any extra needs are often not met because we just don’t have the money or the savings. My family is blue collar workers mostly (in another state), so they are not able to assist financially with my situation.
I am thinking $1700 would cover what we need and lost wages while I recover. You would be helping me pay for groceries, rent, utilities, co-pays and deductibles, car insurance, our phone bill and cat food. Thank you again for taking time to read about me and my situation. My plan after my recovery is finished is to pay it forward any way I can. Peace and love to you and yours.