Hello people, I honestly never thought I would have to be doing something like this, but since some recent developments in my 'situation' I decided to try it out.
- I'm an 18 year old boy who from the age of 4 knew he wanted to be a pilot, the Air Force was my first goal, and I would have loved to have pursued that but with my health problems that's completely impossible. I have a genetic autoimmune generative disease that hasn't quite been diagnosed yet. It messes with my body somewhat randomly but the focus is on the muscles and joints. My mom has had the same problem for much longer than I have but the doctors said we should be very careful about my situation because it's progressing much faster on me. I'm writing this at the end of a very rough pain crisis which is what made me decide to do this in the first place. An ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License) isn't a cheap (or easy) stepping stone. Getting worse and worse I've recently become more aware of the fact that if I wait until I graduate from high school, and then university just so after I can start working a regular job and going up the paygrade, which might take me several years, probably won't be an option for very long, since my health state is already sketchy I can never be even remotely sure that in that time I will still be capable of even passing the medical exam that is needed to even start taking the course. That's why I'm resorting to crowd funding, I usually don't like asking for help, even my closest friends don't know my real situation because I really dislike people around me feeling pity for me. That's the main reason why I won't be sharing this page on my personal social media accounts, with that being said, I'm really depending on people that don't know me and have never seen me to share it themselves to help my cause.
- Many of you might be wondering why I've set such a high goal, the course itself will usually cost upwards of 72k €, the extra money is in case of fluctuating prices and very expensive health treatments that I will have to go through if I want to make it in good enough health for a few more years and/or potentially slow down the disease's progress.
- Yes, I am aware that some of the major airlines will require an university degree and I am 100% willing to do that once I've settled and it definitely will be easier to maintain myself in good health once I have a stable job which pays higher than minimum wage (which is currently 676.7€ in Portugal), half of that would go into the medicine that I need and I'm not currently taking because we simply can't afford it.
- My background (family support) doesn't allow me to ask for any support (financially of course, they are all aboard in other kinds of support when it comes to a goal that both fulfils my biggest dream and also gives me the future I want). I need you people to understand one thing, it's not that I don't have to energy to fight for it, I'm simply afraid of even if trying my hardest doesn't allow me to make it on time.