CloverCoin's Medical Move

For: Ashley Driscoll and Collin Driscoll
Grand Forks, ND
Organizer: AJ Driscoll
CloverCoin's Medical Move (Ashley Driscoll and Collin Driscoll)
$3,546
of $10,000 goal
35% Complete
Raised by 40 donors

The Story

Hello everyone, my name is AJ Driscoll. I am a disabled freelance artist who has been fighting chronic illness just under 10 years now. This past winter of 2016-2017 my husband, Collin Driscoll (Prov), saw how much worse my health was getting with each year of winter in North Dakota. We just do not have the proper medical aids or support systems to keep my body from degenerating even more.

So we've come up with a plan! And that plan, is to move to Madison WI. You see, we had actually started this plan to move last December 2016. We have been putting out job applications for my husband all over and we're honestly just having a hard time. Now with summer quickly passing by, we're very afraid that there is a solid chance we might not make it out before next winter.

We had our hopes pinned on Prov finding a job with a relocation package to couple with our savings. The job Prov is interested in Madison WI won't actually be hiring until later this fall but are extremely interested in having him. So that's why we picked Madison WI to try out for my health. The idea Prov has a much better job waiting for him with much better health coverage would be amazing! But we're realistic. There is a good chance even if we move there, he might not get the job. Luckily, he's pretty smart and talented. Once we're in Madison WI it will be much easier for Prov to land a job once they realize he's local now. (We're guessing no business wants to move us, that's fair. Haha.)

Living in Madison WI, I plan to focus on recovering my health and trying to get back to full time freelance work again. In ND I've sadly just atrophied past the point of long term damage again and again. My doctors and physical therapist are already trying to coax me into using a wheelchair for casual outings. However they have also suggested if we move me away from the extreme weather of ND there is a chance I could improve so much I won't even need my immune suppressant drugs that keep my rheumatoid arthritis under control. (Barely.)

So here we are. Our current predicament. So far my husband and I have been lease hunting and finally found a house rental and management that suits our family's needs. Mostly just meaning allowing us to rent with our three dogs. We're just confirming lease details yet, but will let you know!

All that's left to really do is pack and make some extra funds to help us move across country to get to our new home on august 1st!

So this is where I'm asking you for your help. I can't do this alone. I'm going to be actively working as hard as possible through art and adoptables to make as much money as I possibly can for this move to be a success. I would appreciate absolutely any help. Even if it's just $1 it would mean the world to us. Please help us, please help me. I'm going to keep fighting for my health, so please follow for updates!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 14, 2017

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Posted on July 14, 2017

Booya another update! We've made some great progress! Thanks to all of your help we even managed to make sure all three of the dogs, Candy, Ollie, and Junior all had their vet updates paid off and even got their trip to the groomer to hopefully help out with our shedding problem. It's really hard to clean up your house when your dog walks in and gives a biiiig shake and gives the hardwood floors a new coating of fur. Haha. But now that they got their excess fur out they smell amazing, look amazing, and best yet? Finally going to let us start the deep cleaning as we pack things away.

We're also happy to announce that all three dogs are 100% healthy and Junior has all of this service dog papers from both the vet and my general doctor. He might still be in the training phase of his abilities and doing amazingly well, but he's officially a physical aid service dog now! Yippie!


Posted on July 7, 2017

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Posted on July 7, 2017

I, AJ, have been really sick this past week and hasn't been able to do any packing. But at least we can still do online bookings and phone calls to prepare ahead of time! Luckily that doesn't take too many spoons. We're happy to announce we made enough money to book the truck! We're so thrilled! There is still so much to do and sadly still so much to pay for... SIGHS. We'll try to get a list together soon of some expenses we're hoping to clear out. I just saw some medical debt on our clinic's app that needs to be sorted out hopefully soon or put on a payment plan. Still, progress is progress and we're very glad to have been able to book a truck at the very least!

Posted on July 4, 2017

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Posted on July 4, 2017

HEY EVERYONE, we just wanted to give you all a huge shout of thanks! The adoptable sale on Deviantart has been going really well and helping pad out moving budget. We're starting to finally feel really confident that we're going to get where we need to go. But we also know life just never cuts us a break, so we're going to keep working hard and keep doing our best to update this fundraiser with all of our moving progress. We're going to still need a little bit more help. A bit reason why we were keeping a high bar with the fundraiser is we hope to also use it to pay off our credit cards clean so we can have them ready for ANY emergencies that might pop up. Car troubles? Pet issues? Sickness or hospital visit??? Just who knows. We rather be prepared than overly positive.

Today, July 3rd we made our very last rent payment here in North Dakota! Our next rent should be in Madison WI next month, oh gosh I can't wait!!!! Here's a quick snap shot of my Husband (Prov) and myself (AJ) in front of our current landlord's bank right after we paid! WE CAN'T WAIT TO MOVE!!!

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