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 $6,000 goal.
Raised by 23 donors
35% 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.

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 23, 2017


Posted on October 23, 2017

Got paperwork in the mail about my appeal.  They need more information.  So I need to get that done and sent back very soon.  Tomorrow, I'll get the first half of my mouth deep cleaned.  Not sure if I'll ask for the nitrous.  I am a bit nervous, though.  Later in the week, is nephrologist and rheumatologist and primary care doc.  I also need to get blood drawn for A1C.  

I'm really distressed by the way I seem to be leaking money.  I checked and it's all food, medical stuff and pet supplies.  Plus this month was refill all the meds($150 or so, I think more actually) and get my car registered ($250).  I keep looking at ways to cut costs.  My partner is doing the best he can to cover us both.  But we had to borrow money from a friend to cover bills.  It sucks and I hate this so much.  Disability isn't much but it would really help bridge the gap.  I'm hoping for a positive outcome with my appeal.  

My deepest thanks to all who have been so generous and supportive.  I honestly have no idea what I would have done without you. 

Posted on October 2, 2017


Posted on October 2, 2017

I hadn't realized it's been so long since I've posted an update.  Things are pretty dire financially.  I hate having to ask.  Especially in light of all those currently dealing with natural disasters and now the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  My heart aches for all affected.  I feel incredibly selfish but my need is real too.  Any amount will help.  My thanks to all who have been so generous and lavish in their support!  

A quick note on where the money is going:  

Medical stuff including copays, medications, supplies (diabetic supplies and needed supplements for anemia).  I haven't met my deductible so there's more out-of-pocket costs at the moment.

Groceries: I actually feel bad about needing to eat especially with all the new dietary restrictions due to the kidney disease on top of the diabetes and anemia.

Pet supplies:  I know that seems indulgent but I can honestly say that having my kittens is a huge reason I make it through each day.

Lastly, I maxxed out my credit cards before asking anyone for help.  Stupid but I felt like I had to do it all myself.  So some of the money goes to paying that debt.  It's pretty substantial coming in around $8000.  Yeah. Stupid.

So, there it is.  I have several follow-up appointments as well as a new appointment with a rheumatologist this month.  I'm hoping more answers to my symptoms will be coming soon.  As well as treatment options.  

What I am doing to help myself:  Still waiting on a decision on the disability appeal.   Not much I can do unless they ask for more information.   I'm applying for food stamps.   I am trying to make enough beaded things to stock my Etsy store.  I'm trying to eat well, sleep well, take my medications, get exercise.  

I am trying.  

Posted on September 20, 2017


Posted on September 20, 2017

Went to get the blood work done that my nephrologist ordered.  Holy Vampires!  It was like 8 or 10 vials!  I'm glad my veins behaved today.  It was only one poke and all my blood was transferred to the tiny vials with ease.  Then I had to go pee in a tiny cup.  Then I was hungry.  

I also appealed my disability denial.  So I guess that's enough adulting for the week.  

So coming quickly are copays for follow-up visits, my orthotics and the lab work I just had.  Plus something else that I can't remember right now.  

Thank you so much for your support!

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