A helping hand for Cheryl towards a better future

For: Cheryl Martin
Scottsdale, AZ
Organizer: Cheryl Martin
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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 June 14, 2017

Posted on June 14, 2017

I'm maintaining.  Fighting the overwhelming desire to flee and hide under the blankets.  I need to take a break from reading the news and maybe one or two of my social networking sites for a bit.   I feel like I'm in flight mode all the time with all the troubling news from the US gov't and the unrest and issues elsewhere.  My pain levels have cranked up from the stress.  

I want to craft and I have created a crafting wishlist here: Amazon Crafting Supplies Wish listPlus my general wishlist here: Amazon Wish Listwhich is really full of random things for me and my cats mostly.

Still not sleeping well.  Just found out that my doc is leaving the practice so I guess I'll be finding a new provider for all that necessary follow up stuff.  

Thanks for any help you can provide.  Well wishes are definitely as gratefully received as thoughtful donations. 

Posted on June 9, 2017

Posted on June 9, 2017

Hair is growing out.  That's about the best news I can muster.  Oh, wait.  The tiny kitten and my not tiny cat are getting along well!  

Looking at bills and whatnot for the month.  I'll need around $500 for this month.  I think.  I'm probably forgetting something.  I know I have a blood draw so lab fees coming up plus copay for followup visit with doctor.  I think I don't have any meds to refill this month.  Last month was crazy.  It always amazes me how many danged meds I have to take to stay alive.  Ugh, hopefully, my doc won't change anything.  

My fundraiser for mental health month was a bust.  I think I mentioned I was going to take a couple of courses to try to keep my mind sharp.  HAHAHA (

Lots of anxiety piling on top of the depression.  Trying to cope.  Did have a chance to see Wonder Woman plus seeing my OSO plus seeing a dear friend who is currently living overseas but was back for a brief visit.  So there's good in the world.  

Thanks for the support.  Very much appreciated. 

Posted on May 15, 2017

Posted on May 15, 2017

Mother's Day just happened.  I read all the memes and tributes and whatnot.  I felt wistful that I couldn't call my own mom.   Though I am happy for those with good relationships with their moms.  The partner that I live with called his mom and she was effusive about the gift I sent her.  My other partner doesn't have a relationship with his mom so he likely spent the day making chainmail, playing Kerbel and the like.  

My mental health month fundraiser hasn't attracted much attention so that makes me sad.  It's here if you want to take a look.  https://www.booster.com/intomentalhealthI added more color and style choices as well as a donate button for those who wish to support the campaign without getting a t-shirt.    

Had a burst of energy and cleaned the parrots cages.  Also left the house and dropped by the pharmacy and visited Penzeys for more ginger (for my nausea) and a yummy spice mix that we ran out of.  V. tired now though.  Will probably curl up and stay inside for a day or two.  Feeling very drained.  

Mental Health America has a list of things to boost your mental health http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/31-tips-boost-your-mental-healthSome of them are geared towards those who are higher functioning that I am (people with money, energy and good health).  However, #27 is something I can do and something I enjoy.  I have blank cards that have somehow accumulated over time and I sent out some last week.  It made me smile.  I will try to send out another one this week if I can find current addresses of my friends.  I used to keep an updated address book (on paper!).    

Thanks for reading.  Thanks for your support! 

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