Help us Get Through April

For: Ania Bula
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Organizer: Ania Bula
Help us Get Through April (Ania Bula)
of $700 goal.
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The Story

In early February, we received news from Immigration, that our application for permanent disability was denied.

The reason?

I am on Disability Support because of Crohn's Disease, a badly damaged hip, arthritis, Fibro, Asthma, and a whole host of other disabilities, when we applied for Alyssa's Permanent Residency, ODSP (Disability) told us that we could finally start receiving the spousal credit. Money that I was entitled to because I was a married person, but which I hadn't previously received because my spouse was not a Canadian. Their policy is, however, that as soon as the paperwork was started to change all that, that they would start giving me that money. 

Immigration decided that the Spousal Credit that I was receiving, counted as Alyssa receiving government assistance. We appealed the decision but never heard back from them. We are reapplying again, this time with the assistance of a community lawyer. 

The Problem? 

When our application was denied, we lost the spousal credit. That's $500 a month less than we were getting before. While once we reapply we would be eligible again, we can't accept the credit without getting out application denied again. 

Alyssa is still working hard at finding a job, both in her field and at this point anyplace that it's available. So far, except for the occasional odd temporary position, she hasn't had much luck and it is taking a toll on her. 

We've managed to cover most of the bills, despite the sudden loss of $500, but there are still a few more that we can't pay. 

We have an overdraft on our account right now for a car payment we had to cover (thank goodness for overdraft protection.), another car payment due in two weeks, and both Alyssa and I have medication we cannot afford to buy right now. 

If we can't get some help: 

- I will lose the only accessible means of transportation available to me. 

- I will be unable to get my pain/nausea/inflammation medication, which will make it more difficult to do the things I do to try and earn more money for next month. 

- Alyssa will be unable to get her HRT meds and will lose some of the amazing progress she has made and all the associated mental health repercussions of said fact. 

Any little bit helps. We really appreciate it. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 17, 2017

Posted on April 17, 2017

The last week had been a bit rough health wise. Everything sort of caught up with me and I've been sicker and in more pain than usual. Your donations made it possible for me to get a week's worth of slightly stronger meds, but the acquisition also means I used more of the donations than I wanted.

I am hoping that with my remicade appointment tomorrow, my symptoms will go away enough for me to get back to work and hopefully earn some money for next month. 

If you are able and willing to help donate to and/or share this fundraiser to help me continue to buy meds this month, it would be immensely appreciated. 

Posted on April 6, 2017

Posted on April 6, 2017

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and/or shared so far. 

Thanks to the donations we've received, I was able to pick up some of Alyssa's meds and we are closer to being able to pay off the overdraft for the last car payment. 

We still will need help with my meds, and any additional money will help us get groceries and possibly even prepare for next month. 

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