Short version: Family of four in need of assistance paying bills after two endure lengthy illness, and then a death in the family adds to expenses.
Long version: Hello, my name is Melinda. I live with my mother, sister, and niece in a small three-room place we rent together. My niece is autistic, so to accommodate this my sister is a stay-at-home mom, available for contact whenever the school needs her. My mom and I work to pay the bills. Last year, Mom came down with kidney stones and they kept her in agony for very near to a year, keeping her out of work for several months. Last October, I had a bad attack that was first misdiagnosed as asthma, but has since been changed to a diagnosis of vocal chord dysfunction. Because my job demands use of my voice, this kept me out of work for over half a year as I was taught what I can and cannot do, as well as prescribed different medications to control triggers.
Because of both of these illnesses, every little drop of savings we had was eaten up for bills. In fact, we were aided much by family wherever they were able to help. We felt we may finally be getting back on our feet, but then tragedy struck. My grandmother, Laura Austin, passed away of cancer on May 1st of this year. My mom, sister, niece and myself were the only family she had left that was in contact (and we were the only family that appeared for her memorial).
As my mom was her power of attorney, it fell to her to make the final arrangements, and as I am the only one in our small family who much understands legal work I aided in this. Between us, we learned many things we did not realize were a part of the process, and managed to have my grandmother buried next to her late husband, but the fees were far and above what was expected. My grandmother was not in great finances either, and had cashed in insurances merely to get by.
We have no money.
Everything that should have gone to bills has gone to take care of what needs done. Urgency has been our master.
$650 is the bare minimum to keep cars from being repossessed and necessities from being removed. We’ll be completely lost if not helped by the end of the month. Any that goes above that will go to catch up on past-due medical bills and food (as well as fixing leaking pipes in our house, if possible).
Anything you can do will help. Our family has already given what they can, and we’re still drowning. If we can only make it past this next month, my pay should no longer reflect my period of absence and we can work our way back to being OK again.
Thank you for your attention!