I Need Your Help

Hey. So, my family and I have lived in our current home for over eleven years now. Our rent, when added with our usual monthly bills and stuff, consumes almost all of my family’s monthly income. My mom is working a lot of hours per week, at two separate jobs, while somehow continuing to be the primary caretaker of my three younger siblings, as well as the person who keeps the house organized and prevents all hell from breaking loose. My dad, who has very severe chronic pain, hasn’t been able to work for many years (I think it’s been more than four…), and often is unable to help out in his already-limited everyday household happenings, like cooking dinner, driving to the store and stuff, or even helping Amanda (eight years old) and AJ (6 years old) with their homework. I have ADHD, anxiety (which causes OCD), and chronic Lyme, and have also just recently been diagnosed on the low end of the spectrum for Asperger’s (which may also be causing ODD and a mood disorder). Although I do my best to pitch in, I’m not always, um, helpful, and typically my attempts to help out… well, they ultimately add to the chaos (I’m always working on that). My uncle also lives with us on weekends, and my family also includes Burban and Popsicle, a cat and a hamster.

We’re doing very badly financially, frankly. I’m used to it, because we’ve had very little money for the majority of my life. However, even disregarding the fact that it’s never been this bad, no one should have to worry about keeping their children warm and fed with a roof over their heads, and I can’t stand to see my parents so stressed all the time. My mom is even having blood pressure problems because of this.

Getting back to our house, it has many problems for us. For one, we don’t fit in it, leaving my littlest siblings to share a room (which is very detrimental to them, especially to their sleep and right to privacy), and my parents to have their bed downstairs in a musty-smelling half-way room with no door, separated by the TV by only half of a half wall. Also, our house is very, very poorly insulated, our basement leaks every time a small drizzle happens, and our appliances break constantly because our landlord only fixes them half-assed every time, and never has an expert or professional come look at it. Adding to this is the fact that our house is home to an unknown number of mice, insects, stupid stupid spiders, and many other unwanted things… including mold. My mom believes this is adding to my family’s health issues, including asthma and allergies, which we all have, some of use very severely (we regularly need to use our nebulizer for asthma, for example). Though we’ve been looking for opportunities to move for years, we’ve had no luck.

Until now.

We’ve been offered an affordable housing option that will suit almost all of our family needs, which is located in a great neighborhood for my siblings to grow up. The only problem is, we may not be able to make it happen. We currently don’t have enough money to even begin paying for closing costs. With Christmas being less than 30 days away, and the timeline for this being we would move in around January or February, we are in desperate need of a miracle. I’m asking you to please help.

Please share this link everywhere and anywhere you possibly can, and encourage your friends to do the same. It leads to a fundraising page to help with the costs of this amazing opportunity. Please consider donating if you are able to do so, as every bit counts. I can’t imagine coming this close and losing it all.

Thank you so much for your time! Bye!

-Sam

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3 thoughts on “I Need Your Help

    • Thanks! I’ll pray for you guys, too. I’ve had it for pretty much my whole life (I was diagnosed at 5, but the symptoms started being very prominent at 4, and maybe I was bitten before that…?) and have tried everything except IVs. The only med I really felt a huge difference with was Tetracycline pills (and the only heavy-duty one that hasn’t made me puke!!), but after the first month, our stupid insurance was stupid and refused to cover it (sort of. Long story, but basically they would cover the Tetracycline itself, but not the compounding ingredients needed to help make the pills), so I went on the Tetracycline LIQUID, which didn’t feel like a huge difference, made me puke, and also tasted really, really bad.

      Did you get a bulls-eye rash? I didn’t. What symptoms do you normally have? My knees and ankles are really achy, I get sick even more than I already do, and my moods go insane and I get really irritable.

      Also, this is interesting: http://www.lymediseaseaction.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/pediatric.pdf

      • If you’ve had it this long, I’m surprised you haven’t tried doing IV. The meds through IV can get into the system more than the oral meds.

        None of us ever got a bullseye rash. I think I got it through sexual transmission from my husband. We remember finding a tick on him, and things went from there. We have known each other since we were 15 and we are almost 40, so we know all each other’s medical ailments.

        My son was also bitten, and while I think it was transferred to him in vitro, I think the tick bite he got at 7 years old really got things stirred in his system.

        It took over 10 years for my husband and I to get a diagnosis. We had no idea until we found a naturopath what was going on.

        Our story is long, and has been part of my blog for a few years. My symptoms started when I was in my early 20s.

        Right now, my hormones are what it attacks. My thyroid has been destroyed and I am on thyroid meds. I am also on Progesterone and high quality vitamins. I also have the MTHFR mutations, so I am on supports for that.

        Since starting treatment, my mood has stabilized a lot. Herxing gets easier with each cycle of the bugs. I know we’re all killing things off and getting healthier… it doesn’t consume our lives quite as much as it did…

        If you want to talk off-comments, you can contact me through the “Contact Us” page and we can talk that way. 🙂

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