Moving to a new office is definitely a financial strain, so I cannot help the way I wish I could for this family. So I thought I would throw this out to you Active Rainers, and the web in general, and maybe... just maybe, I can help indirectly.
I signed up for Twitter recently, and not long after I did I was added by Shawn Brown of Blooming Prairie Minnesota. I quickly caught up with his twitter goal, and every day I read the updates and it just breaks my heart. His wife has a few neck/spine problems that cause major pain, and she is scheduled for surgery this Thursday. They have four children, and she is the primary bread winner. With the temporary loss of her income, the trips to the hospital, and the cost of gas, this family is trying to raise $2,000 to help them for a short period of time.
Here's an excerpt from their chipin website:
My wife has suffered from chronic pain in her neck since she was a little girl. She always had good days and bad days, it was manageable. About 6 months ago she starting having more bad days. Dr's refused to do much for her. They finally sent her to physical therapy (which she did faithfully and it made no difference). It took many months of therapy before they finally decided to do an MRI. Her Dr. said there was a herniated disk that presses on her spinal cord. Her words, "no big deal, continue with physical therapy." She got a second opinion from a spine dr. and it was much more than that. She has 4 different things wrong with her. (herniated disk, pressing on cord; degenerative disk disease; spinal stenosis; and bone spurs that rub each other)
She is having surgery on May 8th and she's considering canceling for financial reasons. Our insurance pays for the surgery, but they don't pay for my stay so I can be close to her (it's too far away from home). We will have to pay for that and also gas (which is crazy). The most important thing is she will be without pay for awhile. Because of her pain and depression (suicidal) that has gone along with it, she was hospitalized for awhile and burned up all of her PTO. We have 4 children to support and she is our main supporter. I don't want her to cancel it because I am afraid of what this is doing to her mental health. Please help! If many people donate just $5, we will hopefully survive.
If you can help, please visit the chipin website and donate a little. I just keep thinking that if it were my family, I would need the help, too. The pain that this family has dealt with just breaks my heart, and I wish them the best.