I’ve been disabled from birth (cerebral palsy) and, although I am always attempting to make the best of the situation, making ends meet can be very difficult at times. Finding employers in my area willing to hire can be challenging. I do work from home as a freelance writer, but the field has a high degree of instability, and I never know if a particular month will be profitable or not. This causes a lot of stress and uncertainty that comes in addition to just dealing with the daily struggles of living alone and disabled.
The year has not been a particularly stellar one financially, and I find myself in need of assistance from kind strangers to meet some goals for simple necessities. I try to limit all of my basic expenses to $500 per week to account of bills, food, and the like. While I try to live on $2,000 per month at my job whenever I can, I don’t feel comfortable asking for such an amount from strangers doing a kindness. I’m just looking to cover my weekly goal of $500. I live extremely frugally and could possibly stretch this amount to cover other weekly expenses throughout this month if I try.
I am often embarrassed by simply being disabled, and it is very difficult to ask for this. I try to be as self-sufficient as possible, but there are times when I am not sure where else to turn. I would be grateful for any small assistance that might help me reach at least my goal for the week, which I might be able to stretch further. I attended university and earned a degree in English Teaching and Literature, and I try to put those writing skills to work in the open market where possible. I’d be happy to write for donors as a way of thanks, should they need any non-fiction content.
$500 is already a lot of money in my situation, perhaps it is asking for too much. I’ve been unable to find steady teaching work but still need to pay daily or monthly expenses and pay off around $27,000 in student debt. I was fortunate in that I think this is a relatively low amount of money to pay off compared to others, but it is difficult when you live with a disability and don’t have a lot of the same work opportunities to support yourself.
Even just meeting my weekly expenses would be a huge weight off my mind this month. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read all of this and your generosity. Thank you.