Since you have reached this page, this means that you really care…
I'd like to take the opportunity of warmly welcoming you to my humble fundraising site!
Please, spare some time to read my story, and get to know more about me:
When my parents first met, my father was a famous musician and my mother was a young teenager. They got married, and soon after my mother had turned 19, I was born on April 28th, 1975, in Stockholm Sweden. My parents separated when I was 3 years old, and my mother raised me as a young single parent with hardly any money left to spare, other than being able to put food on the table.
As for me, I graduated college as an Accountant. But times were hard and the job market was overflowing with young accountants like me. I, really, didn’t succeed as an Accountant, so I started to look for another more creative kind of work.
I had always dreamt of becoming a Pastry Chef, just like my Grandfather and Aunt. An opportunity luckily came my way and I got enrolled at a Pastry Cook program. After my education was finished, one thing led to another and took me all the way to Seattle, WA, where I graduated from “The Specialty Breads & Desserts Program” at Seattle Central Community College.
That's about where my luck changed.
I started developing some respiratory problems, with sinus infections that never seemed to get better. After undergoing some tests and scans I finally got the results: I was allergic to flour dust! My doctor advised me to change my mind working as a Pastry Cook.
I tried working as a Barista, but that didn't work out so well. I had a nervous breakdown due to my inability to cope with stress. And as if that was not enough misfortunate for me, I began having some joint pains and knee problems.
Soon I was on sick leave, unable to work. Later on, and at a very young age, I had to retire due to my health problems.
In 2001 I became a lovely caring mother to a son.
During the years, I have been diagnosed with several illnesses: Psoriasis Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Essential Tremor and Ataxia, which makes everyday life a little harder. It has been a struggle and still is. Being ill and having to rely a lot on my son (who had to start caring for his mother on a very early age), helping me out as much as he is capable of.
Despite the tough times I faced, and still facing, I've refused to give up! I'm stoic and stubborn!
I don't see problems, I see them as abilities!
So, what is the purpose with asking for donations, you might wonder?
Well, because of my inability to work, and having to rely on Government paid Disability (which is very low), I hardly have any money to buy clothes. My son can't participate in any costly after school activities. We have no vacations (not even weekends). I struggle with paying my bills, putting food on the table and making sure the rent is paid.
It’s hard to see my son being striped out of his basic rights to live as a normal kid and being forced to take the role of a grownup, to support me.
We are stuck in this roller coaster nightmare 24/7, a situation which is the worst thinkable for a mother!!
Me and my son, may not be blessed like others, but others can share the blessing with us.
If you feel that you are able to help us make a difference in our lives, we would be most thankful!