May 16, 2013 at 4:14 am #607529
ok.. so maybe celebrate is not the right word..
JanS is rolling up on the anniversary of her second year of dialysis …
the dialysis keeps her alive
hope for a transplant keeps her living
but for nearly a year of those two she had to be taken off the transplant list and off work while she battled through the complications of heart surgery… for a condition likely caused by the autoimmune illness that necessitates dialysis.
Jan is self employed as a masseuse.
the good news is that as soon as she was cleared to go back to work she started accepting clients.
the bad news is that she still doesn’t have the kind of strength or stamina that would allow her to work full time..
and she isn’t likely to have that kind of stamina again unless she gets her transplant..
what do you do when the fight of your life drags on and on with no clear end in sight?
you do what you can
and Jan does.
She has applied for every program available to those who find themselves sidelined from the employment market by the confines of chronic disabling illness…
the good news is that her medical costs are pretty much covered… along with her rent…
but that leaves the utilities, her food, gas for the car that was given to her, the costs of doing business (licenses, insurance, continuing education, etc) and anything else she might need to keep her business and her life stumbling along uncovered.
it hasn’t been easy for Jan to rely on the kindness of her friends, let alone that of strangers…
but the sad reality is that she has no choice.
that safety net that we assume is there for everyone comes with some pretty cruel choices…
if she was able to qualify for subsidized housing and was lucky enough to find a a spot..
she would have to give up the masseuse business that is currently her only hope for a future.
She needs our help or she won’t get there.
I am working on another fundraiser this summer, but in the meantime,
every little bit given to her fundraising site makes a big difference to Jan’s life.
I know it gets old.. asking for the same old thing over and over…
but it gets a lot older for Jan living it.
please give if you can.May 16, 2013 at 4:18 am #790151
you can shoot me later…
after you get over the embarrassment i just caused youMay 16, 2013 at 5:01 am #790152
I should have stopped by and said “hi” to you both at Alki today. JoB, you are a good friend. JanS, keep on keeping on.May 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm #790153
Jo, please let me know of any help that I can be with Jan’s summer fundraiser.
If you haven’t noticed, I kinda like Jan. ;-)
MikeMay 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm #790154
i wish you had
Jan and i were enjoying a much needed normalcy break..
we have both had a difficult week.
for an hour or two we were just two friends out having a good time…May 16, 2013 at 8:10 pm #790155May 17, 2013 at 12:27 am #790156
miws.. you will be one of the first i will ask for help with this one…
thanks for offeringMay 17, 2013 at 12:33 am #790157May 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm #790158May 25, 2013 at 12:00 am #790159May 25, 2013 at 12:39 am #790160
If anyone feels magnanimous and wants to donate, make it in honor of my mom, who just passed away on 5/14/2013 from complications of failed kidneys. :(May 25, 2013 at 1:09 am #790161May 30, 2013 at 6:40 pm #790162May 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm #790163May 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm #790164June 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm #790165June 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm #790166June 7, 2013 at 2:23 am #790167June 7, 2013 at 2:26 am #790168June 7, 2013 at 2:37 am #790169June 8, 2013 at 8:08 pm #790170June 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm #790171June 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm #790172June 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm #790173
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