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 is $750 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 medication, adaptive aids, transportation, basic household need/supply, and numerous 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!