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)
$3,220
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 36 donors
21% 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. 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 shows impaired liver function with more lab work to come in a few weeks to try to determine a diagnosis.

My partner truly does what he can but his paycheck only stretches so far.

In addition, in December 2016,  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 causing a setback to my mental health. 

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.

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/ http://www.healthline.com/health/depression/effects-on-body

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 20, 2018

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Posted on February 20, 2018

Test results came back and still no answer though some of my numbers look better.  I'm being referred to a hematologist for further evaluation.  I'm trying to be brave and not freak out.  The C-word could be in my future but more likely not.  Trying not to borrow worry when I have enough on my plate already.    

Good wishes, thoughts, prayers are so very welcomed.  

Posted on February 17, 2018

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Posted on February 17, 2018

So I've spent the week trying to find a neurosurgeon who takes my insurance.  Finally found one and should have an appointment soon.  Then I'll get and eval to see what can/needs to be done.  I'm hoping surgery isn't it.   Early next week, I'll go in to get blood drawn for the labs that'll help pinpoint what's going on with my liver.  Here's hoping it's not bone disease.  

I've got a lot of personal stuff that's impacting my mental/emotional health.  I'm trying to take one thing at a time and focus on myself first.  In the longer term though, I'll have to look at my options for a change in living arrangements. Maybe moving back home for a time.  

One step at at time though.  Any help you can give to enable me to make that step would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks again for the support. 


Posted on February 11, 2018

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Posted on February 11, 2018

I added my new health information to the My Story portion if you want to review it to see where I started in 2014 and how I got here.  

Anyway, MRI shows a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease.  I'll be going to a specialist for evaluation and to see what treatment is needed.  Meanwhile, pain management is iffy since I can't take NSAIDS due to the kidney disease.  I'm having more difficulty sleeping because finding a comfortable position is not easy.  My back pretty much hurts all the time. 

Trying to hold on to hope and move forward.  Thank you to all my wonderful friends for your support and understanding.  My energy levels are very low.  I have few spoons to spend on being social.  

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