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I have run out of options to pay for Residential Treatment Center and Medical Expenses incurred, now add monthly COBRA insurance charges!

I am in need of funding for medical expenses for a Trauma/Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Center that insurance will not cover. It is located in Eugene, OR. I have been dealing with an Eating Disorder for almost 17 years and I am sick of the mental and physical anguish it puts me through. Due to past trauma that is believed to be the cause of the ED, I have been referred to a special facility that can deal with all sorts of psychological trauma stemming from childhood into adulthood. Per professional recommendation, it is believed that the Eating Disorder will subside once the trauma is properly dealt with. I will not need to use it as a coping mechanism for everyday struggles in my life anymore.
This is going to be a tough ride and I do not expect it to be easy, but I am willing to fight. I have two weeks to raise the majority of funds to pay for treatment, as it is due upon intake. Official admission date is Monday, June 13, 2011. Deposit is down, insurance is aware and now I face COBRA insurance prices as we speak. My bosses are not legally bound to cover me under the FMLA, as we are under 50 employees.

I have agreed to alter my lifestyle and am taking a leave from work for an undecided period of time. My expenses will total around $25,000 when all is said-and-done with insurance deductibles and after-care. This is the amount insurance refuses to cover. Most residential treatment centers run $1,200+/day. I was told my stay would be 30-60 days @ $1,325/day but more than likely it will be 6 months. This is a highly specialized trauma/ED treatment center in Oregon. Upon discharge from this program, I will be in an Intensive Outpatient Program that runs about $600+/month (with insurance) for about two years when I get home to CA. MY expenses for treatment when I return will amount to over $3,000/month.

Some people like to think that an Eating Disorder is something that we cause ourselves. WRONG. Most disorders/diseases (Dis-Eases) are caused due to an outside source - trauma, PTSD, abuse of any kind, neglect, etc. It becomes a coping mechanism until it takes over as the sole form of functioning until one can literally no longer function at capacity. I didn't choose to have trauma, a disorder, to leave my job and my life to have to deal with this at 31 years old. Most of my friends are married with children, moving on with their lives. I have not been able to. If you would like to know more go to the websites listed to see the facility, staff and just how renowned this facility is at dealing with these issues.

Thank you for supporting, praying, donating. EVERY donation helps, no matter the amount.

God Bless!

Julie
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