Many of you already know us, but for those of you who don’t, Damian and I are working artists based in the Kansas City area. We have been performing together for over a decade (and separately for much longer). We are clowns, burlesque champions, actors, emcees, and more. We have been married for almost a decade, as well… To each other, even! We live in a bungalow in KC, just north of the river, with our two cats, two dogs, and sixteen-year-old son, Owen.
Over the last year, Damian has had several different health issues manifest. Gradually, and frighteningly, his mental health has suffered, due to a neurological condition that we are still trying to get to the bottom of. He is under treatment for a couple of dove-tailing issues, including hemochromatosis and low-testosterone, and the doctor’s suspicion is that he’s also having temporal lobe focal unaware seizures. These seizures affect emotional regulation and decision making, energy levels, and motor skills, among other things. We just this very day were able to get a prescription for a new epilepsy drug for him to try out, and we have referrals for a sleep study and EEG as soon as our insurance kicks in, in the new year.
As a result of Damian’s declining health and inability to work, he stopped making our mortgage payments. The mortgage is not in my name (as he already owned the house when we met) and I was unaware that he had stopped payments out of the fear and confusion that is a direct effect of this neurological condition.
We are now facing foreclosure on our home. If we can pay the past due amount, we can stop foreclosure and restructure the mortgage, reducing our payments to far less than what we would pay in rent in any other living situation. Paying this past-due amount is our only real option to keep our heads above water, and we are on a tight timeline.
We’ve had a hell of a year, and we are both seeking full-time employment on top of our free-lance work, which includes everything from design to performing to handy-man services and home organizing. I am also now taking care of my mother in her home, as she is recovering from a bout of septic-shock which very nearly killed her, followed by osteomyelitis and colon cancer.
We have a plan. We are going to get on top of these health concerns and financial struggles, but in the meantime, to save our home, we need some help from our friends.
If you can’t donate, please share. We love our friends from all over the world, and we appreciate any way you can lend us a hand during this insane and difficult time in our lives.
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