Hello, friend! Welcome to the crowdfunding site for Christy Bloemendaal!
Christy is a 43-year-old woman living in Chicago. Unfortunately, she is also living with a lot of challenges. She suffers from multiple co-occurring illnesses that make tasks that are simple for most of us impossible for her to complete. Christy copes with chronic, lifelong pain and debilitating fatigue. Her mental illness also makes work and accomplishing daily tasks very difficult at times. She sees multiple specialists, has weekly therapy sessions, and spends as much time as her insurance company will allow in physical and occupational therapy. Christy often has four or more appointments in a week, all with physicians and therapists who are working to keep her as healthy as possible. She takes over twenty medications, and has a list of ailments so long that she cannot recount them from memory. The most affecting of her diseases are also "invisible illness" and cannot be seen by others. This causes much stress, since she often feels she needs to prove or justify her need. Currently, she is also trying to prove to the state that her need is valid, by going through the process of obtaining social security disability supplemental income. This process has already left her without income (and jumping through logistical hoops) for almost three years, and she must continue to wait until the judge makes a ruling in her case, which was finally heard 33 months after her application for supplemental income. Living without income for years is impossible, so Christy really needs your help to support her in this time. Monthly living expenses range from $900 to $1500 (rather low for Chicago's economy/expense), and we would be very grateful for your contribution to help with that expense. Donations are used toward housing, utilities, grocery, medication, adaptive aids, transportation, basic household need/supply, and therapies to help keep Christy well. Christy works very hard to maintain her health, to cope with challenges, to stay positive, and to keep moving despite great difficulty. The least we can do is to help eliminate the financial burden that she carries, and to assist her in this time of need. Please consider giving or sharing this information with others who might give. Let's work together to Keep Christy Moving!!! Thank you!!!