My name is Justin Neff. I live in the small town of Weaverville in northern California. I moved back to my birth town with my new wife to be closer to my mom and other family after my dad passing of pancreatic cancer in 2015.
I was working on bringing a new plumbing company into town starting October 2017, and work was finally getting busier and more steady. I was almost able to afford certain things that I had been putting off (i.e. health insurance) so that my wife and I could pay the more important bills.
My coworker and I had gone to work with our boss in a nearby city on August 23rd, and after work we got a hotel so we could finish up on that following Friday. The next morning I woke up coughing, which caused me to vomit, which in turn caused my esophagus to tear. At the time I had no idea what had happened. I felt as though I had just pulled every single muscle in my body and all I could to was lay on the bed in pain. I could hardly breathe and it was difficult to tell my coworker that he needed to call 911. I was panicking and in the back of my mind I knew I couldn’t afford any of what was about to come, but it was either that or die; and I didn’t want to go out like that.
I ended up in the hospital for just over 3 weeks, with multiple surgeries and over half that time was in the ICU. I’m home now and recovering, and the bills keep coming in. I haven’t done the exact math, but I’m sure I’m up over 500,000. I’m on temporary disability, and that helps with income, but it isn’t enough to cover everything with my wife working. This leaves her having to spend more money on our credit cards than we ever have before, which in turn brings us more debt. I feel like a burden and now I can’t sleep due to the stress, especially with holidays coming up.
I will be on disability and unable to work for another 4 to 5 months, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Even prayers or nice messages to lift my spirits are appreciated. It’s hard going day to day in this situation and knowing there are caring and giving people out there make it easier for people in my situation, or others that are even worse. Thank you very much for all that you can do to help.