My sister has been diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a life-threatening immunodeficiency, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), and a rare type of NHL called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) and makes up only 1% of all NHL cases. She’s spent the past few months in and out of the hospital and has recently finished chemo. I am scared, she has been fighting it, but she is in constant pain and in and out of fevers that spike to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The medical bills keep growing but I think if we can support those bills, she is strong enough to fight it. However, my mother had a back injury and can no longer work, and my father is a construction worker who barely makes minimum wage each year.
My parents are struggling financially between putting two children through college and now hospital bills. They love helping other people, but they never ask for help themselves, and they rarely accept it when it’s offered. Working a part-time job at minimum wage while being a student in college can only pay for so many bills and expenses. I would really like to be able to help my parents get my sister help so that she can fight cancer and beat it but at the same time I am very much struggling to pay for college and my own bills.
As the bills stack up and grow larger and larger my depression has as well, depression that runs in my family; my grandfather nearly drank himself to death. I have recently been diagnosed with depression, it explains a lot as everything is extremely difficult to do, even focusing my eyes usually feels exhausting.
This struggle to keep my head above water nearly drove me to let myself drown, but my therapist somehow managed to convince me to at least try to stay alive. But the bills keep growing and it keeps seeming more and more of an option as days go by. I don’t know what to do, I need help, I would extremely appreciate any given.
I didn’t know where else to turn, I tried looking into loans but as I’m still young and don’t have a credit card my credit score isn’t high enough for anyone to give me a loan even though I don’t have any negatives to my credit score. My hope is that there is someone out there who is willing to help. And someday I would love to come back and do the same for someone, but for now I really need the help.