The circumstances that have led me to ask for financial help are that I have been suffering from severe hip pain for probably the last five years, but it has gotten really bad in the last two. After back-and-forth to the doctors and after MRIs and x-rays they have determined that I have severe arthritis and degenerative bone disease in my hip. Since my hip is so bad, I haven’t been able to go work as much as I need to and it has stopped me from making the money I need to make to pay my bills. I am a self employed lobster fisherman. In 2022 I made about a quarter of what I usually make in a year. So to pay my bills I had to take out a second mortgage on my boat, which was almost paid for before, to pay medical bills and general living expenses in general. I was hoping to have the hip replaced in February of 2023 so that I had time to rehab and be ready for the upcoming lobster season. Unfortunately this didn’t go to plan. They told me in April that I would have to lose 100 pounds before they would replace my hip. I am on several medication’s for the pain, including a fentanyl patch, which still does not take away the pain enough to go to work as much as I should. It is now the end of October, and I don’t have the money to make my boat payments. Because my income has been so low, no one will give me another loan to get through this winter. I have so far lost 75 pounds and I have a consult with a Dr. Michael Rodger in Augusta on December 12. I just went and had a Cortizone shot in my hip last week. While talking with Dr. Oscar Falconer I have it on a good notion that I should have a surgery date by the end of January beginning of February. I have been a lobster fisherman my whole life since I graduated high school in 1991. I am in danger of losing everything I’ve worked for the past 30+ years. I would GLADLY pay this money back if someone were to loan it to me. I need about 15k to save my boat and business. I don’t know where else to turn and like I said I would GLADLY pay all the money back next year when I am a new man with a new hip!
Thank you for your consideration