Emily Turner's Medical Necessities
Organized by: Sarah Tielke
My sister, Emily, has been going through a very difficult time. Before leaving Montgomery last year, she cashed out on her retirement. She was on FMLA from her last job because they couldn't control her conditions. She has bipolar 2 disorder, PTSD, and very high anxiety that keep her from working. Her therapists have told her NOT to work now. Our parents have had to take on her medical bills when she moved in with them in December of 2014. Since this time, she has been to the hospital several times for her anxiety attacks. Her psychiatrist couldn't figure out medications that would help her conditions. She went into a deep depression for more than 7 months. In October of 2015, she was admitted to an inpatient facility, after trying to take her own life. The doctors in the facility began to get her medications stabilized, but are still working on a successful combination. Her medications are over $175 a month with insurance, but after this month she will no longer have insurance and will have pay for them 100%. These medications will be over $500 a month. Our parents have been paying for everything for her at this point. Her medical bills, her medications, her food, additional bills, etc. Recently, she applied for (and is now receiving) food stamps. She has also applied for social security but is not receiving those benefits at this time. She doesn't qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and even if she begins to receive social security, she still won't qualify for these benefits. She is in intensive therapy Monday through Friday at $1000 per week. Once she completes this program, she is supposed to go into one-on-one intensive therapy. Our family can no longer pay for her medical expenses at all. Until Emily can work, she has no way to earn money. We are trying to find small jobs for her to do that would bring extra income in for her, but most involve some sort of stress, and her doctors don't want her to work right now.