Thanks for taking a moment to read our story. We need your help!
Many of you know a little bit about what my 2.5 year old son Siam and I have been through since my pregnancy. None of you know the complete story; I only rarely confided small pieces of our truth here and there. If I have told you (or you have witnessed) something of our experiences and the threats to our stability and wellbeing, I thank you for making me feel safe enough to share that. I isolated myself tremendously through this difficult time as I struggled alone to try to “fix” things, and I’m so grateful for each of you who provided me with small moments of connection and care along the way. Truly, your support held me up through it all, and helped me reach this place where I am strong enough to stand up, honor and protect myself and my son as I should have done long ago.
Siam and I are at home now in Michigan, living with our family. We are blessed with a comfortable home, we have all we need in this moment, and Siam is delighted at sharing his days with loving grandparents. It’s a good place for us at this time.
I have filed legal proceedings here in the US for our protection and to establish custody of Siam. I do not wish to keep Siam from knowing his father, but, I do need to keep him safe and provide a healthy environment for his growth and happiness.
We need help with our legal expenses. I’m a bit insecure about sharing our story here and asking for assistance, but it’s the only way I can see to raise the funds. My parents are generously supporting us as much as they can through this process but they don’t have the means to provide everything. We need more help.
I know all of you in different ways: some of you are my teachers, my peers, my students, some of you my family, some my friends. Most of you I would call a combination of these. You may be aware that I have lived very simply for several years in my pursuit and practice of yoga, and in dedication to sharing traditional spiritual practices to support positive change in myself, my students, our communities, and our world. If our connection has brought anything positive into your life, if I have inspired you or taught you something that has benefitted you, if you can relate to my story in any way, or if Siam’s sweet smile (or mine!) has at some moment brightened your day, I ask you to please help us now.
Please donate if you can. Every little bit will help! I have given to many for personal or professional fundraisers over the years, some of you who I don’t even know personally but I felt called to help when I saw you were in need. I have spoken with many of you over the years about following our hearts to do what we believe is good and worthy work in this world and having faith that, in exchange for what we give, we will receive everything we need. I need something now that is beyond the personal resources my work has provided me. Please help us.
I am asking to raise $15,000 for our legal expenses. It’s a complicated situation and we have already spent more than I had imagined it could possibly cost! I believe this entire amount will be needed to pay the legal team supporting us. If we are blessed with a shorter process than anticipated and have any part of your gifts left over, they will be very gratefully used toward supporting Siam and I in getting back on our feet and creating a happy new home, work and life together.
Please donate if you can; truly, even very small donations are meaningful and will add up to help us! I trust that those of you who can help us, will help us, as you are able. Please.
And whether you are able to donate or not… Please send your support, positive thoughts, and prayers for Siam and I to be safe and together, happy and free.
Thank you, with love.
Shelley & Siam