When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, my world turned upside down. I had already beaten cancer in my past and I was devastated to have another terrible diagnosis to cope with. I am in and out of doctors frequently, such as neurologists, neuro-opthalmologists, and rheumatologists. Through routine and physical therapy, I’ve learned some really necessary skills, but I’ve come to a stand still. I had an average amount of debt prior to my diagnosis, but since it has grown to be uncontrollable. I desperately want to make modifications to my home, such as a sit in bathtub, that will make my life significantly better when I’m not feeling well. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get my debt down enough to be able to do these things. I lose out on work when I’m having symptoms, and I can’t take a second job due to my physical limits. I’ve searched and searched for potential work from home opportunities, but to no avail. I’m fortunate enough to still be able to work and drive (most of the time) but it hasn’t been enough. I am even struggling to make the payments for my service dog (a $12,000 dog). I am determined to be able to not be able to worry about the expense as much when I come across something that would enable me to function during my relapses, and my independence is incredibly important to me. Currently my physical struggles include vision issues, spasms, numbness, burning pins and needles, severe weakness and crippling fatigue. Thankfully my work is pretty understanding about my absences, but I’ve missed weeks due to this illness and the bills don’t wait on anyone. Although they are lenient on me, my work is not completely disability friendly for it’s workers. They are not happy about me getting a service dog and my wheelchair barely fits through the path to my desk. I worry everyday about not eventually being able to work, or being forced out due to my service dog. This is all quite the change for me, as I used to be an athletic trainer and very passionate about fitness. I’ve given up a lot of physical activities I used to love for the sake of my safety. Something I don’t want to compromise on is my comfort and safety at home. I am reaching out to anyone who is in a position to help, as I have a lot of dreams I still want to pursue that I can’t do without being in a better position. I love writing, and to be debt free and be safe in my home would allow me to pursue my dream of being an author. Being debt free would allow me to keep living with one less burden that could open up so many doors for me. I thank everyone who took the time to read this and hear my story. It really means the world to me.