Imagine for a moment that you and your whole family have a serious disease. Or don't imagine, just read this account (which I am voluntarily passing along):
Robert and I are overwhelmed by his potential lyme diagnosis and health issues, my aggressive treatment and the treatment for the kids.
For those of you who don't know, we all have Lyme Disease. We believe it started with a bite in 1985 with me, and crossed the placenta with the kids because I was never treated. For those of you who think Lyme is just a simple illness on the back of a can of bug spray, think about a bunch of infectious diseases -- untreated in my body for 24 years. Not so simple.
With the pressures being what they are physically, mentally, emotionally and financially, we need help.
We have the opportunity to send the kids to be with their Grandparents and/or my brother for spring break. I don't know how we will get through that week without sending them away (I never thought I would be THAT parent), so we need help.
Thanks to my friend Becky, and subsequently Adelheid, Melissa, Suzanne, Ed and Mary Jean, I'm going to ask. Yes, if all of my FB friends chipped in $10, we would have money for the trip AND medical costs, but at this point, we would be thrilled to be able to send our kids away.
Seriously. I really did type that. I love my kids. And having 4 sick people in one house is really hard.
So, if you can chip in, any amount at all, we would LOVE it. We can only take money from bank cards and paypal accounts, our little paypal account won't take credit cards (and you really don't want to pay interest on a $5 donation).
Help if you can. And I don't want to see any donations by folks with Lyme who are just as sick and broke as we are. Seriously. And if you can't help right now, there will be opportunities in the future. We are quickly learning that without help, we won't make it. Not with all 4 of us sick.
Thank you to my friends who give me courage to ask.
Here is the link:
Tapati: Now this lady, a friend of a friend, hasn't asked strangers to pitch in although she agreed that friends could pass this along. It appears that concerned friends suggested she write this. Like many of us women, I suspect she normally wouldn't ask for help. It's a measure of how hard hit her family is by this disease that she has had to push past that reluctance and do so. We all know that a dollar here and a dollar there can add up. So if (and only if) you can spare a little bit and wish to do so, please go to the above link. No pressure--I know that many of us are dealing with financial strain and some of us could use help too. I was just touched by this family and wanted to do my part to pass their story along.