Keep Christy Moving!

For: Christy Bloemendaal
Chicago, IL
Organizer: Rayven
Keep Christy Moving! (Christy Bloemendaal)
$33,355
of $100,000 goal
33% Complete
Raised by 179 donors

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 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!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 22, 2018

Posted on May 22, 2018

Thank you to all who have donated recently.  Your gifts are much appreciated.  Unfortunately, they are also long spent and the bills keep coming.  I missed my meals delivery this week because of an appointment that went long, so fresh food items are scarce.  I can't pay for the dog's food either, or for my own additional grocery.  Insurance has lapsed, payment arrangements are being made daily, but those arrangements only extend into the next few days, so if the cash doesn't come in to pay the expenses then, my services will be suspended, and my housing voucher can be revoked.  After months of desperate searching and negotiation to get this apartment, and finally starting to feel at home in it, I could lose it ... over a couple thousand dollars in funds that most of you plan to spend over your holiday weekend.  Add up that liquor, grocery, campsite, travel, meals out, or whatever else you might spend for a holiday event, and consider matching those entertainment funds in donations today.  Certainly my life and health and security are worth as much as your entertainment?  I hope that doesn't sound cheeky or judgmental.  It isn't meant to be.  It is simply a reality that I face every day--that people around me celebrate while my head spins with worry over how to survive.  And that sucks.  I currently have nine accounts past due, two in collections, and five payments due before the end of the month.  Also, $650 of my $750 in income on the 1st is already set to be automatically withdrawn.  I'll be left with $100 to pay 90% of my expenses.  I simply need help to get out of debt and on a better path, financially speaking. I work very hard, every moment of every day, to be on a better path physically, psychologically, and spiritually.  I don't currently have the capacity to work hard to produce funds.  This isn't the way I want life to be.  It is the way my life currently is.  It is the way my life will likely always be, given recent discussions with my specialists about my "recalcitrant" disease.  I need your help to get to a more secure and stable place, so that I can support myself more fully and not have these constant financial challenges.  Please donate today and help me get to that place.  Thank you so much!  
--Christy
#KeepChristyMoving

Posted on May 16, 2018

Posted on May 16, 2018

The longer I go without the aid I need, the worse things get. I’m sure there is some law of physics to prove this theory, but for now let’s just go with shut off and reconnect and late fees and overdrafts suck! My phone will be shut off at end of day, my adaptive can opener broke so I was forced to purchase another for $30, and my coffee maker has died (if you’ve seen me without my one vice—16 oz of coffee in the morning—you know how serious this problem is).  I need $2200 immediately to cover these expenses, pay my minimum payments on credit cards, pay the electric, and pay a couple other bills that I cannot currently think of. Because while I deal with all of this financial stress I am on the bus for 1.5 hours to attend 2 appointments and see my rheumatologist and neurologist, and then to travel 1.5 hours back. So, please be kind to my weary, stressed out, uncaffeinated soul and donate now. Thank you!!
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Posted on May 10, 2018

Posted on May 10, 2018

I've been exhausted constantly of late, and I'm not certain if it is the weather, the stress, or just a flare in my illness that is causing it, but nothing is getting done, so the bills have been on the back burner, along with everything else.  Today, when I did add things up, it was traumatic.  

I need $1830 to get through the end of the month without losing services and putting my health, housing, and life in danger.  That sounds dramatic to some of you, I'm sure.  It isn't.  It is a factual statement.  I'm not even settled into my new place completely (though it is definitely starting to feel more like home every day) and I am in danger of losing my housing because of past due bills on my previous place.  My previous landlord has stolen my deposit money, and I haven't the resources or energy to go to small claims court to get that $500 back.  I haven't been able to negotiate a payment plan with my previous phone carrier, and they are demanding one large sum and have already put the account into collections.  Lots of things are simply not working in my favor.  And while I need $6000 to get ahead of my debt, I'd definitely settle for making some payments and getting through the month without immediate danger.  So, I know that things are supposed to be getting better and I am supposed to have less need now than I had before ... but, I made some decisions and had some events outside my control that have made things temporarily more challenging and more expensive.  I'd love for you to dig deep and offer all that you are able to help me get through this difficult time, get my debts paid, and get to a safer and more secure space.  

Please donate today!  Thank you!!

--Christy
#KeepChristyMoving

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