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)
$1,350
of $3,000 goal.
Raised by 15 donors
45% 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 August 12, 2017

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Posted on August 12, 2017

Got the letter today.  Denial.  As expected.  ~sigh~ 

Posted on August 7, 2017

Posted on August 7, 2017

Wow.  I am humbled and so very, very grateful for the generosity and support that I've received recently.  I have to admit that I teared up at every notification.  Gratitude. My heart is full.   Just spent the weekend reviewing medical costs.   The last several weeks have really added up between me and my partner.  My partner has had surgery(outpatient in the doctor's office) to remove a cyst near their eye and much needed dental work.  Even with insurance, the copays especially for the dental work were substantial.  We both have had medication renewals.  We get 90 days supplies for as many meds as possible to try to save money in the long run.  Unfortunately,  that means a pretty big short-term ding.  I have a referral to a rheumatologist and a podiatrist so will need to schedule those soon.  Plus I also need dental work and to get my eyes checked.  

All of this to say that you are making it possible for me to receive the medical attention I need.  I am incredibly grateful for the support. 

Posted on July 31, 2017

Posted on July 31, 2017

URGENT!  It's time to refill my prescriptions.  Cost for all of my med is $150 for the copay.  Thank you for any help!

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