Trying to hold my family together after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Praying for a miracle.
In June of 2012, I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. I've been having episodes since I was 19, but we'd all assumed I was just clumsy. It never occured to my family or I that there was something more sinister going on. My immune system is attacking my central nervous system, leaving lessions that are slowly deteriorating my motor functions. It can be slowed down and kept in check with the proper medical treatments and medications.
I had the most severe episode after driving home from Arizona with my sons this last month.
I didn't know what was happening. I only knew that parts of my body weren't working right. I was over-heated, dizzy, and incapable of getting myself from the car to the front door without falling over. I was terrified. My sons were terrified. I broke my arm in a fall and my mother drove me to the emergency room while my baby sister watched the boys. At the time I didn't think that I would be spending a week in the hospital. That I would be losing precious time with my sons.
Because of that week I lost my job and, with it, my medical insurance.
I also lost my sons.
Without my job I can no longer afford rent on my home and I am soon to be without a roof over my head. My ex-wife took the boys back to Arizona and has refused my part time custody rights until I have found a way back onto my feet. I have applied for several government programs, but none of them will kick in, in time for me to remain where I am. I also cannot afford the medical treatments or medications needed to keep my disease under control. I don't know what else to do. I have been the sole provider for my family since I can remember. My mother suffers from chronic depression and my younger sister is mentally handicapped. Without me... what do they do? What will my sons do?
I would like to raise enough money to, at least, remain where I am until the government assistance kicks in, but, ideally, I would like to take my family to a place where there will be better medical care opportunities and more job opportunities for us to put our family back together after this unexpected tragedy. I am on my knees praying for the kindness of others, praying to God for a miracle, a blessing, anything that will help me get through this.