Keep Christy Moving!

For: Christy Bloemendaal
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Rayven
Keep Christy Moving! (Christy Bloemendaal)
$28,819
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 159 donors
28% Complete

The Story

Hello, friend!  Welcome to the crowdfunding site for Christy Bloemendaal!
Christy is my mom, and she is 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.  My mom 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.  My mom 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.  My mom was without income for over three years while she fought for her disability benefits, and now that she has them, the amount she is given in $735 per month.  That isn't enough to survive on, and it certainly isn't enough to thrive on. This site helps to make up the difference between the state disability payment and the actual cost of living. We would greatly appreciate your support in making up that difference and helping to give my mom the best possible life, even though she suffers these disabling conditions.  Donations are used toward housing, utilities, grocery, medication, adaptive aids, transportation, basic household need/supply, and therapies to help keep my mom well. She 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 keep her focus on her wellness.  Please consider giving or sharing this information with others who might give. Let's work together to Keep Christy Moving!  Thank you!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 14, 2017

Posted on October 14, 2017

So...  my mom needs around $860 to get all caught up on bills from September and October.  This is a really hard time for her, so it would be nice if we could pay all of that for her and she would have less to worry about.  She has three appointments Monday, one on Tuesday, and surgery on Wednesday, and I work on Mon and Tues and will go with her on Wednesday.  Because of that busy schedule, it would be nice to get most of those donations in before Sunday night, so there is time to get paying expenses out of the way, and my mom can focus on her recovery and health.  Thanks for your help.  My mom is so grateful for donations.  It means a lot that you are willing to help her. Especially now when her landlord is threatening to end her lease, her waiting in line for benefits has not gone well, and being screamed at over something that is not at all her fault or responsibility adds so much stress to her life (again from the landlord).  We are looking for small homes or condos to rehab under 203k loan, with the mortgage payment staying under $500 and the assessments under $250.  If anyone is familiar with Chicago real estate, or sees a good but cheap looking property in a semi-safe area, let us know!  Mom's 30 day notice to vacate could be coming any day.  (Even though that has been threatened multiple times over the last few months and not happened, this time seems a bit more serious. We will keep you posted!)  Thanks for all your help!  Keep my mom in mind this week, since it is another busy and stressful one with a trip to the OR.  And keep those donations coming in so we can keep Christy moving!  Thanks!

Posted on October 13, 2017

Posted on October 13, 2017

Hello, All!
So, not much has been said on the site for a while.  This is because we have been going through the transfer of the account and working out the kinks of having Rayven organize the fundraiser.  It certainly is not because my need has disappeared, or that the state is doing a fabulous job of meeting my every need.  In fact, quite the opposite has been happening and meeting barrier after barrier and having more and more people treat me poorly because of my poverty or my lack of a job or my need has brought me to a not pretty breaking point.  I have been contemplating some inpatient treatment, or at the very least, an increase in therapy sessions per week until I can get my bearings, gain some control over my emotions, and feel like I know who I am and where I am going once more.  

That being said, if I can avoid such treatment with some extra self-care and coping strategies, I will.  I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, and I really don’t want to reschedule important medical procedures because I can’t keep my head together.  But we shall see what transpires.  In the meantime, I have need of about $600 to $800 monthly that Rayven can pay from this account without breaking any of the rules regarding income and expenditures while on SSI payments.  I can receive 3rd party direct payment for expenses not related to housing or food, so debt repayment, gym fees, transit costs, etc., can all be paid from this account.  That helps immensely, since my income is now only $735 monthly.  So, please donate generously and do what you are able to help out my disabled self.  I have a long way to go before I can fully accept and understand and lean in to what being disabled really means for me and my life going forward. What I do know is that I cannot do it alone, and will need your help.  

Thank you for your love and support!

Christy

Posted on October 13, 2017

Posted on October 13, 2017

Hello, All!
So, not much has been said on the site for a while.  This is because we have been going through the transfer of the account and working out the kinks of having Rayven organize the fundraiser.  It certainly is not because my need has disappeared, or that the state is doing a fabulous job of meeting my every need.  In fact, quite the opposite has been happening and meeting barrier after barrier and having more and more people treat me poorly because of my poverty or my lack of a job or my need has brought me to a not pretty breaking point.  I have been contemplating some inpatient treatment, or at the very least, an increase in therapy sessions per week until I can get my bearings, gain some control over my emotions, and feel like I know who I am and where I am going once more.  

That being said, if I can avoid such treatment with some extra self-care and coping strategies, I will.  I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, and I really don’t want to reschedule important medical procedures because I can’t keep my head together.  But we shall see what transpires.  In the meantime, I have need of about $600 to $800 monthly that Rayven can pay from this account without breaking any of the rules regarding income and expenditures while on SSI payments.  I can receive 3rd party direct payment for expenses not related to housing or food, so debt repayment, gym fees, transit costs, etc., can all be paid from this account.  That helps immensely, since my income is now only $735 monthly.  So, please donate generously and do what you are able to help out my disabled self.  I have a long way to go before I can fully accept and understand and lean in to what being disabled really means for me and my life going forward. What I do know is that I cannot do it alone, and will need your help.  

Thank you for your love and support!

Christy

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