Hello – thank you in advance for reading this! My name is Jodi. I’m 31 years old and living in Toronto. I was permanently laid off on June 15th 2020 as part of a mass layoff due to Covid 19.
Right now I’m receiving the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit but it will be running out by October 3rd. I might still be able to receive employment insurance afterwards but that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
I was doing alright up until recently when my medical benefits ran out mid August (my employer allowed me to stay on their plan for a couple of months after being laid off). This presents a huge challenge for me because I have severe asthma that requires me to be on two types of inhalers: my preventative inhaler called Breo Ellipta (200 mcg) which I take daily and my emergency inhaler called Salbutamol that I take as needed. The Breo Ellipta is between $150 – $300 a month. The Salbutamol is more affordable, about $20 a month. I included a picture of them in this post.
Thankfully I was able to get medication for the first month off my meds thanks to some generous people but with that monthly cost combined with rent, utilities, cell phone bill, debt repayment and day to day expenses like food for myself and my cat etc, CERB doesn’t cover it all anymore.
I really don’t know how I’m going to come up with almost $300 a month for my meds for the forseeable future. It’s a really scary thought. If I’m without my meds it only takes a day or two before I start wheezing and my windpipes start to close which will land me in the emergency room. It’s truly a basic need for me and struggling to breathe is really terrifying. One of the worst things about it is that if you get anxious it can bring on an asthma attack and getting anxious is pretty much inevitable once you know you’re out of meds. I’m really not trying to have a pity party, its just the reality of my situation.
I have been diligently applying to jobs (I’m in Human Resources) but it’s not a candidate’s market right now with employers eliminating jobs because of the pandemic. On the bright side I do have an interview tomorrow morning so I’m hoping that will work out.
In the meantime I would be so so grateful if someone out there was willing to contribute towards the cost of my medication for the next couple of months. Please don’t feel obligated, I know everyone is going through some sort of struggle right now, but if you’re able to and you’re feeling generous you’d be making a huge difference in my life while I work towards finding employment and getting back to my normal life and paying it forward one day.
My Paypal link is below:
Thank you and take care,