Hi there! I hope whoever is reading this is well and safe. Thank you for choosing to read my story, I will keep it as concise as possible.
I’m the oldest son of a single mother, my dad abused us and left 11 years ago and never came back - I don’t know where he is and get nothing from him or ever hear from him (after the amount of trauma he caused us, I prefer it this way).
I finished high school in 2016 and got straight to working to help my mum out with the bills and save for college (no way of affording it otherwise). In January 2019 my mum was diagnosed with Metabolic bone disease and couldn’t move for 3 months - all I have is my mother and my younger brother so I juggled 3 jobs and worked as much as I could to pay the medical bills, god sent us an angel that helped me cover the bills that I couldn’t. As a result of not working for 3 months and the project she was working coming to an end, she was terminated in April 2019, my brother was still in school at the time. I worked 4 jobs from 6AM to 10:30PM to make ends meet (rent, food, medicine, etc). I did my best to manage all this time. Fast forward to February 2020, she had to travel to take care of some work (her mother, my grandmother passed away and there were things she had to take care of). Unfortunately, the airports closed and she got stuck there alone (and still is). We’re expats that live in the Middle East, this is practically home to us - the pandemic has made things hard enough but our family being separated makes it so much worse. As I haven’t been able to attend college yet, I do freelance jobs that only pay me when I work. Covid-19 has stripped me of all 4 jobs and I haven’t been able to make any money in 6 months. My mother being stuck outside means our expenses are a little harder to keep up with (I need to send her money for her room, meds and food). I’ve done my best to manage but today I’ve reached my breaking point. The smaller member of our little family, our 8 year old dog has a mammary lump. We did get this checked before Covid-19 and I had planned on saving money for her lump-removal surgery but as I explained above, that’s been impossible to do. The vets have finally opened and I truly believe she has a fighting chance, however I need to act soon because it’s starting to get bigger and there’s swelling around it. I’m trying to raise money for her surgery and to get my mother back home. The money I raise will also go to meds that my mum needs, she has issues with her health (she beat cervical cancer in 2008, she is diabetic and needs 2 insulin injections a day and is on supplements for the issues with her bones) but she’s a fighter and doesn’t let it get her down. It will also really help with rent and our electricity bill, both of which I’m behind on. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read my story. I truly appreciate anything you can donate and will forever be grateful. Stay safe, take care and again - thank you so much.