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Epilepsy, depression and suicidal ideation

Organized by: Laugene Canizares

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Goal: I need enough money to get me through paying my minimum living bills, neurologists, psychiatrists and medications (8 different medications per day at about $3,000 per month) at least until I find a job that will pay enough so I can take over with insurance and enough income. Reason: My epilepsy began when I was 13. I led a fruitful life throughout high school (when I didn't forget my medications), received a partial basketball scholarship and worked my way through college to pay for my bachelors degree in Psychology/Social Work. I stopped my education at that point because I got married. I unfortunately married a physically, emotionally and mentally abusive man and didn't have the courage to leave him until my children were 4 and 2. This is when all the trouble began for me. I had been working part time since the children were born so as soon as I was divorced I lost my insurance and was left with $700 child support per month for both children. Having epilepsy I needed to see a doctor frequently and purchase expensive medications for daily dosages. The epilepsy foundation helped me with the cost of medications and a bi-yearly visit to a neurologist. Unfortunately these new and ever changing doctors started to change and adjust my medications at will; as if I was a Guinea pig. Since then, 2004, I have switched medications about ten different times. I have been in the emergency room in the psychiatric ward because I have been suicidal and extremely depressed. I have also have had 3 grand mal seizures since 2003 (considering my type of epilepsy is non-inclusive of grand mal seizures). Since 2003, when I had the first grand mal seizure, my short term memory is non-existent and my long term memory is hard to access. My lack of focus, which is another side effect, was the culprit of losing my last job. Tasks that were once easily done are are hard to focus and concentrate on. All I need is some assistance while I can pay my medical debt (close to $10,000 that my ex husband owes for the children) and get back on my feet. Thank you so much and God Bless everyone for your generosity.

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