Well, let me try to explain the situation. As you may have guessed, I am unemployed. I was recently hospitalized for surgery on my neck. I ended up with a terrible infection on my neck that required surgery, the area became infected with staph infection and required that I stay in the hospital for nearly two weeks with an IV giving me antibiotics. Obviously, as I am unemployed, I have no insurance, so this situation alone has been extremely stressful to me as well as my family. To add to this situation, after the surgery, there has been an incredibly large amount of new medications as well as new items needed to care for the wound that the financial requirements have become too much for us. Then there are the issues that I already had. You see, I have a bad back. I have deformed disks. Also, I have bone spurs, as well as moderate narrowing of the spinal column. Then there are the other physical issues, such as being diabetic. This means that I have to have insulin, and the costs associated with that alone are incredible. I have to buy testing supplies that are expensive, such as testing strips, and the needles which I often have to re-use, because using them only once and throwing them away is just too expensive. The diabetes went undiagnosed for a long time due to not having a doctor, so for the years that I wasn’t medicated, it was damaging my body. Due to this, I now have nerve damage. This nerve damage is called fibromyalgia, as well as neuropathy when in the feet and lower legs. The pain through my body never stops. My arms and legs feel numb and have sharp pins and needle pain all over. My feet are much worse though, they feel as though there was a strong electric motor strapped to them that is set to high all the time. Then there are the problems I have such as blacking out and hitting the floor when my sugar drops. I have had times where I blacked out, hit the floor so hard that I ended up injuring my head, or once I hit the sofa in my room, and it cracked my ribs. I am unable to take high heat. If I get hot, I pass out in the same way I do when my sugar drops. With all my issues there combined, it is nearly impossible for me to sleep. So, I am also give strong sleeping pills. My sleep schedule is ridiculous. There are days where regardless of being exhausted, I am unable to sleep, so I go for long periods of time without rest. Because of all of these things, I am always stressed out to the max, so I am also medicated for anxiety. This puts me and my family in a terrible situation. I have no choice but to see two doctors. That alone is a tremendous financial burden. My parents managed for a long time, but for the past few years have been really struggling. Those issues started back around the time of hurricane Katrina. After that, we were hit with more financial issues after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, the third issue is the terrible recession that has affected everyone in America, regardless of location. As you may imagine, this trifecta of financial burdens has put our finances in the drink. We have no money and are not making it on our limited monthly budget. Our family is living on the social security of my two elderly parents. This means we have a very tight budget. We only get money once a month, and the amount is usually a quarter of the income of normal people. Plus, there is no leeway. If bills rise, we are forced to cut the money from elsewhere. We have been unable to cope without help from friends and family now for years. Now though, in the span of two months, our situation has gotten much worse, as we never envisioned the neck surgery, nor the huge increase in the costs of our home insurance. Our insurance rates have gone from just over two hundred dollars to a little over three hundred, per month. I cannot understand how they can raise our rates nearly fifty percent in one month. Here we are, in desperate need of help, and my sources of help are gone. We have tried to get help from all the usual places. There is no other place here in our area willing to help, or able to help. We have reached a limit on assistance from the community action center in our area. Red Cross has refused to help as they are only able to help people more than once a year, maybe twice if possible. We have now approached everyone in our family and have been turned away due to their own hardship, from the holiday strain as well as their own issues due to the recession. We are behind on our utilities. If we lose our utilities, we are going to be in serious trouble. First, my parents are both in their seventies, being born in thirty six and thirty eight, so their age makes them more fragile than a healthy youth. Second, if our utilities are cut off, there will of course be the additional burden of having to come up with extra money to pay the security deposit to turn them back on. Our only connection to the outside world is the phone/internet. If we lose that, we are in danger of not having a way to contact anyone in an emergency. And as we can’t afford entertainment such as cable or satellite, we are using the internet to watch shows off Netflix. To lose this would really cause issues with calling doctors, or reaching out for help, as a call number is always required. We just don’t have anything else we can cut. Now, my car insurance has expired and of course, if this weren’t enough, it has now broken down. Can I catch a break? I have been praying for something to happen to help us, but nothing happens. I have already applied for disability, but have been denied. We are now in the waiting period for the actual appeal, which can be more than a year and a half, and are of course facing the real possibility of being turned down again. So for this reason, I am here now to plead for assistance. I have been humiliated before for being unable to pay for things such as hospital visits. During one incident where my chest was hurting, we turned to the local hospital for help, but before being admitted, the receptionist or nurse talking to us and taking our information decided that since I had been unable to pay for my visit in the past, it would be a great idea to humiliate me in front of everyone in the waiting room by speaking up and making sure everyone knew I had a balance and said, “You need to pay on your balance before seeing someone!” I explained to her we were unable to pay, and that I was disabled and waiting on a decision for disability, but she did not care. Again, she raised her voice to let everyone know I was behind. I was so humiliated that I stood up and began to walk away. My mother began to cry, so at that point she says, “Sir, they Will see you”, to which I said, “I would rather go home and die with my dignity than I would to sit here and take your abuse for another minute”. The reality for me now is that if I don’t get help, I know I can die. I am now scared, I thought for sure that someone would step in and help by now, but this has not happened. I had prayed that I could find a magical job that would allow me to earn some money from my home on my pc, but that hasn’t happened. I am praying that my disability will be granted so I can then start to properly care for my medication and doctor needs, but that has gone nowhere. We are facing a very lonely Christmas. We have nothing to look forward to. Please, if you are financially able to contribute anything, regardless of how small the contribution, for myself and my parents this donation will make a tremendous difference. My priorities are as follows: 1. Pay all of our late bills with any help. 2. Store enough money to pay for my doctors and medicine for at least the next few months. 3. If we get enough help, I want to purchase some gifts for my parents. No one else will. 4. If there is anything left, have someone look at my car and possibly have it fixed to provide me with the transportation I need to get to and from the doctors which I require. I just want you to understand, I am desperate. The only reason I have come here to ask for help is that I am desperate. If you can see it in your heart to try, thank you. If however you doubt the severity of my situation, by all means, please do not do anything you will regret, because I am not the type of person that enjoys when others are upset or feel regret.