Today we were on I-4 driving out to see the annual free Festival of the Masters Art Show at Downtown Disney, with plans to see the dancing Osborne Lights and fireworks afterward (just to do something fun after so long not feeling well from surgery), when the engine light came on in the car, Love lost the gas peddle, the whole car shuddered and we wound up having to just pull off on the left side of a 4-lane interstate with cars whizzing by at 80+mph. Waited 45 minutes for a tow, guy could only hold two people but we had Love’s brother with us, making three, but he was able to sit sideways behind the seats in this tiny storage area while he drove us 40 miles back home.
We have about $20 to our name until Love’s payday Friday, I’ve had no sales in like two weeks, my hematologist won’t give me my iron treatments to fix my blood issues until I give him at least $611 plus $88/week for 6 weeks for the infusions, and oh yeah, the day we try to just go out and escape the overwhelming financial worries and stress and have a nice day out for a few hours, we break down on the side of the road and don’t have the money to fix it.
I’ve moved pretty much past “depressed” into “hopeless.”
Oh and fun fact, my surgery cost $40,000. Just got the EOB for it. That’s just the hospital. Of that, I owe $4,500 and another $500 to the anesthesiologist, $588 to my OB/GYN, $172 to my primary doc, $611 to the hematologist, $250 to radiology, $230 in labs, $966 to the ER doc and of course, $8,008 for the ER stay. And I haven’t had a paycheck in 6 months. And our car broke down. Anyone have a spare $15k they’re not using?
And to think, I thought surgery was the hard part.
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:: about ::40 year old Pagan woman who lives in Florida with her guy and two cats, loves Disney, reads fanatically, tinkers in photography and runs her own handcrafted artisan jewelry business.
Inadvertently became the face of Healthcare Reform in America by posting the (in)famous "I am Obamacare" image and sharing the story of her hysterectomy at age 34. Now runs her own small business, PhoenixFire Designs, specalizing in handmade tree of life pendants, full moon tree of life necklaces, family birthstone jewelry, wire wrapped jewelry and more full-time.
Our best friend passed away suddenly March 13, 2010. Five years later, it's still hard. The full story can be read here.
Hysterectomy FundOctober 2013 Update: Happy 2 Year Anniversary!! I'm amazed at how different life is two years later. Though the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life, I've grown so much as a result of having overcome such terrifying and daunting medical issues. In a weird way, I'm better for having experienced these hardships. I'm more sure of myself these days and more confident I can face life's challenges better.
I have tried to turn this medical challenge into an opportunity and using this as a means to push forward with my small jewelry business and as a way to support myself again.
Your continued support is appreciated right now and even links to my shop are appreciated. Thank you to everyone who's helped and spread the word. All of you helped make it possible for me to be here and healthy.
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