Keep Christy Moving!

For: Christy Bloemendaal
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Anonymous
Keep Christy Moving! (Christy Bloemendaal)
$27,599
of $40,000 goal.
Raised by 153 donors
68% Complete

The Story

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!!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 21, 2017

Posted on August 21, 2017

Thanks to all who donated over the weekend!  We are very close to covering the past due expenses, so let's keep those dollars coming in!  We need $1183 to keep ahead of the expenses for the first two weeks of September as well, so please give generously.  Please also keep the prayers, good vibes, and any other practice you might use to bring fortune and blessing to Christy.  We are extremely hopeful that this week Christy receives a ruling in her disability case, and even more hopeful that it is a ruling in her favor.  We also hope that the process of getting from the ruling to the payout is miraculously fast, and that she has the ability to move, pay down her debt, and significantly lower her expenses soon, so she avoids more damage to her credit or an eviction.  We hope and pray that all happens before snow flies, so that Christy can be settled, safe, and secure before the winter.  Until then, let's keep up the amazing support, and keep Christy moving by paying the bills she currently can't handle alone!  Thank you!!!
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Posted on August 20, 2017

Posted on August 20, 2017

Christy is holding "church" in her living room this morning, because despite the objections, she has not lost faith.  She probably should have, given how long she has struggled and how many times humanity has failed her.  However, she keeps hope and faith alive as much as she is able.  Right now Christy is behind on her expenses by $625, and she has another $1183 coming up in the next two weeks.  We would likely give up hope in that situation.  Most of us would not be able to face that situation with grace and strength.  Christy faces it almost every month, and has done for over three years.  Let's not leave her hope disappointed, and her faith worthless.  Let's rally and meet her needs and be the light that overcomes the darkness.  Christy believes in that light, despite all the dark times that she has faced and continues to face.  Let's shine with our dollars today, and give generously.  Let's also shine with our encouragements, our love, our messages of hope, and our affirmations of the good we see in Christy.  She needs us to meet her faith with faithfulness of our own.  So let it be!  Thank you!

Posted on August 17, 2017

Posted on August 17, 2017

Today is a difficult day.  I now need $962 instead of the lesser amount I needed yesterday, because of late fees, over limit fees, and bank fees.  I can't say enough times how much I hate paying donations to banking institutions.  But, more than that, it feels like I always need to get to this point of utter despair before help arrives, and that is shattering me.  It is harming my body.  It is harming my spirit.  It makes me apathetic and increases my depressed mood.  The "nobody cares" and the "too little, too late" comments that swim in my head on days like these are really difficult to overcome.  Luckily, today I caught up on sending out thank you's.  And that lightened my mood some--though the tears might not have left that impression.  There are always a faithful few.  There are always those that love me working hard to keep me going and encouraging me to keep fighting on.  I love you.  I wouldn't be surviving without you.  I know I say that often.  That doesn't mean it is a platitude.  It is still the truth.  I thank you for that truth.  My need is great in the coming weeks.  And the bills are long overdue today.  I need so much, and I don't want to burden the faithful few--many of whom I had to give multiple thank you's because they have donated on multiple occasions since I last sent them.  I would love to have new names in that column.  I would love to have "too much" in donations (which is basically impossible because I would simply buy things that I have put off purchasing for months or pay down significant debt or pay ahead what I am able for next month).  I would love to have the gratitude happen before the stress headaches and tears and worries and desperate calls to my dad.  I would love to have all the support I need, even before I need it.  So, please donate today. Please help me get through the day, the week, the month, and even the end of the year.  Please meet that need.  Thank you!
--Christy

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