My name is Sydney. I’m a wife, and a mother, heading up a small family of four that cannot seem to escape the crisis in which we find ourselves.
I have a treatable, but not curable genetic, autoinflammatory condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (Stage 3). You can research it, but in simple terms, it’s a condition that causes large, non-healing abscesses and lesions across all parts of the body that houses apocrine sweat glands (under arms, over thighs, genitals, buttocks, etc).
To say that this condition isn’t a pleasure to live with would be the understatement of the year. Every day is spent in a constant agony that I cannot begin to describe, and because of the extremely painful nature of H.S., I cannot work, or properly care for my young children, (ages 1 and 2).
As my existence is essentially one of total physical uselessness, all of the responsibility of care for myself and the children falls to my beautiful wife, Stephanie, who is currently going through transition from male to female (she was the children’s biological father, and is now the lovelier of their mothers). Because I cannot physically care for myself or our children, she is unable to find employment that will properly provide for us, because our combined care consumes her every moment.
I am currently undergoing treatment that should, in time, render me more able to at least make myself useful around the house, and a better part of our children’s care. That said, recovery and management is an incredibly long road ahead of us, and therefore, we need help to make ends meet with our living expenses, which run around $2,100 per month.
Up until now, we’ve been relying on my meager earnings as a 3D Animator (the only real work that I’m capable of doing, as it only requires me to use a computer from home), and assistance from family. This situation is putting an incredible strain on those relationships, and we fear that by the time our situation finally straightens out, we will have damaged all associations we have beyond repair.
We’d like our children to be able to grow up having those relationships intact, and thus, we are fundraising to help keep us afloat until we can find our way back out of the woods.
We are perfectly happy to provide any and all documentation of our situation, our bills, and my condition should it be required for acquiring any sort of assistance we may receive.
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for reading our story, and thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide, or even for sharing our story with your friends.
The Houck Family