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 $30,000 goal
11% Complete
Raised by 39 donors
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The Story

UPDATE: YouCaring has been bought by GoFundMe so this will go away very soon.  If you wish to continue supporting me, my fundraiser on GoFundMe is live.  Thank you so much!

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. I was finally diagnosed in October 2017 with chronic kidney disease.  I have made changes to my diet and am hopeful that the progress of kidney damage will slow or reverse.  Feb 2018: I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc.  I've been referred to a specialist.  Lab work in Jan showed abnormal values, this led to a referral to a hematologist.  More tests and hoping for a diagnosis during the follow-up visit with the hematologist next Thursday.  

My partner truly does what they can but a single paycheck only stretches so far.

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 care team and taking my medications.

More about depression and its affects on physical health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/D/depression/

For chronic pain:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/pain-and-depression/faq-20057823

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 24, 2018


Posted on April 24, 2018

A ginormous thank you to all who've helped me get this far.  I'm going to switch to updating on GoFundMe so I don't have to track two websites.  I'm bummed because I really liked GiveForward and it was eaten by YouCaring.  YouCaring grew on me and now it has been eaten by GoFundMe.    I'm hoping against all hope that I won't need as much help within the year.   Here's the link to the new campaign.


Thanks again all.  Feeling a little down because I was reviewing my situation on the Mint app.  Plus we are moving soon.  So yeah.  Holding on to the light. 

Posted on April 19, 2018


Posted on April 19, 2018

Had a good day but back to being a weepy, emotional mess.  I'm using the Mint app to track my accounts.  I currently have over $4000 due this month.  Though my immediate need is $100.   I'd still like to take my kitties to the vet and myself to the dentist. 

Anyway.  I do have good news, I was finally able to get an appointment with the neurosurgeon.  It's in June so I just have to hold on until then.  The CBD cream helps take the edge off the pain so I can make it through the days.

Thanks for being here for me.  It's greatly appreciated.  

Posted on April 17, 2018


Posted on April 17, 2018

I am an emotional, weeping mess.  I've been tearing up and even weeping at just about everything: my cats, music, memes, news stories, pictures, my beading projects.  Then I come here and find out YouCaring was bought by GoFundMe and sometime between now and July 31, I'll have to close this down and create a new campaign.  This also led to tears.  

It's been a rough day and I should be in bed.  My allergies are out of control.  It's super dry (I know I live in the desert) and my little humidifier is trying its best.  Everything hurts or is stiff and doing stuff is hard.  But I've been getting out of bed and working on my shop and the house and the pets.  Thanks to some generous people, I was able to pay on some of that debt that's weighing me down.  I don't have enough to see the dentist or take my cats to the vet.  But I am so grateful for what I have been able to accomplish.  I feel so worn.  I keep trying and things keep piling up.  I am tired of needing help and asking and begging.  But I don't think giving up is the right thing.  So I'm still here.  Still asking.  Still trying.  

If you can give, I'm grateful. If you can share, I'm grateful.  If you want to give useful things rather than money, here's my wish lists: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/R8P9S4VKO6FL/

Also, https://paypal.me/CherylMartin

Gift cards to grocery stores (Fry's, Safeway, Bashas, Sprouts are the ones local to me).  Gift cards to Target or Costco. 

Or if you are in the market for jewelry,  my shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonWolfCrafts

Thank you.  

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