A helping hand for Cheryl towards a better future

For: Cheryl Martin
Scottsdale, AZ
Organizer: Cheryl Martin
A helping hand for Cheryl towards a better future (Cheryl Martin)
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 26 donors
16% Complete

The Story

In July of 2014, I found myself in the ER and was admitted to the hospital with surgery afterwards. All in the midst of trying to move! I was able to get immediate needs covered but now I find myself, a bit over a year later, burdened financially and emotionally with debt.

Shortly after surgery, we relocated and I became unemployed. I was able to find a contract project back in April/May 2015 that paid well enough for me to pay down some of the debt incurred in 2014. The copays and deductibles of the hospital stay and surgery were quite high. I was unemployed most of the year. My long-term partner was able to cover our housing (we were in the SF Bay Area so this is quite high), bills and the like. Plus he took on some of my medical expenses from previous year and paid for the copays that I could not. However, I still have outstanding student loans in excess of $50,000 which I was able to get deferred for a time. I do have about $10,000 in other education related debt that I was paying on when I had income. I was able to find a decent part-time job for a time. My mental health suffered from the gloom of the Bay Area.

We moved back to Arizona in Sept 2016 with the goal of returning to a place with more in person support available plus lower living costs and more sunshine. I was able to work for a brief time but was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and impaired kidney function. So I am trying to find something part-time or work-from-home. I simply do not have the physical or mental energy to maintain a full-time job and cope with my illnesses. These are serious and I would like to stop the death spiral and return to some semblance of health.

My partner truly does what he can but we just found out that the portion that his employer pays to cover my health insurance will now count as additional taxable income. There will likely be further changes due to the new government now in place.

In addition, our home was broken into while we were visiting family. A few items were stolen including nearly my entire collection of jewelry the bulk of which were gifts and held great meaning to me. This has really impacted on my sense of safety and well-being.

So I thought I would send this out into the universe and see what happens. Where will the money go? Pay the copays and other expenses incurred while trying to maintain and improve my health by seeing my primary care doctor, a therapist and taking my medications.

If you do not understand about depression, here are a few links: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/D/depression/ http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/effects-on-body

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 13, 2017

Posted on November 13, 2017

Finally done with all the dental for a bit.  Follow up in the middle of December to evaluate my gums and figure out the next steps.  Also, got a therapy appointment in early December.  So relieved!  Hoping the therapist is compatible because I'm really tired of hunting down therapists.  

I am in need of gas and pet supplies (canned cat food and scoopable, clumping litter). If you'd prefer to get the item rather than money, here is a list: Amazon wish list

Thanks for all the support! 

Posted on November 6, 2017

Posted on November 6, 2017

Still waiting on the appeal.  So I went and applied for nutrition assistance (aka food stamps).  I spent 5 hours at the local DES office with a plethora of adults and kids in various states of boredom and crankiness.  It was very special. 

But I qualified so that will help.  

It's finally gotten cooler here which I like but my body doesn't.  My everything aches.  My knees, my hips, my back and my hands.  I have to call the rheumatologist and reschedule since I canceled when I didn't have the copay.   

Thank you for your support.  It means all the world to me.  I truly have no idea how I would have made it this far.   Please share far and wide.  

Posted on November 2, 2017


Posted on November 2, 2017

Next week, I will have my last deep cleaning session.  I am grateful to the dear friend who made it possible for me to address my dental health!  The second round was much less painful than the first and I'm hoping the third (and final) round will go just as smoothly.  With any luck, my gums will heal well and I will not lose any teeth.  I do have a couple of cavities but my dentist felt my gum issues took precedence.  So, after my gums are all healed, he will evaluate my teeth again and make a plan of where to go from there.  I am relieved! 

My nephrologist follow-up was good.  He's concerned about my elevated ANAs but overall, I'm doing pretty well.  Re-testing will be done in 4 months as things are really borderline now.  I think the restricted diet is helping though.  I rescheduled the appointment with the rheumatologist but that needs to happen.   I still have not connected with a therapist.  All the ones I've contacted are not taking new clients right now.  I'll keep looking.  

Things are still very tight.  It looks like my partner will not be able to go visit his 97 year old mother over the winter holidays.  She's in an independent living place now so the added cost of a hotel room makes it out of our budget.  I'm still waiting to hear about my appeal for disability.  Please keep sending the good thoughts, wishes and prayers for a favorable outcome!  It really helps to know that I have so much support. 

The holidays are coming up so I know everyone will be pinched but if you have a few bucks to throw my way, I am deeply grateful.  

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