For my mom, Mary--torn rotary cuff has put her out of work
Organized by: Mara McGreevey
This is for my wonderful mother, Mary. She has worked tirelessly all her life, getting her first job at 15. Her dream was to go to art school and be a teacher, but when my father left, she took a night shift job at the post office to raise 5 children on her own.
She has worked for the post office for the past 20 years, standing on cement floors for 8-10 hours, lifting 50 lb pallets of letters and packages to sort all night long. All this grueling work and lack of sleep has given her high blood pressure, arthritis, a slipped disc in her spine, bursitis in her hips, and incalculable stress.
My mother tore her rotary cuff at work this past year. It went misdiagnosed as a pulled muscle for months and she went through twice-weekly physical therapy that left her shoulder bruised and immobile--the last thing her shoulder needed. The condition worsened and was finally correctly diagnosed. However, her shoulder is "frozen," meaning it's so bad it can't move at all and isn't well enough for surgery. She must wait for it to heal until it is well enough to have surgery, then she must wait through several months of recovery.
She cannot brush her own hair, or tie her shoes, or lift a dinner plate and glass of water at the same time. Life is a daily struggle as she tries to drive one-handed or fold her clothes. She has not been compensated through her work. Also, she will not be compensated at all once she has surgery and is out of work completely for a few months. She was in tears yesterday about how she's worked so hard for so long and it's all been for nothing, that she's just as stressed and broke as she once was, but now with myriad health problems and unable to make mortgage on a small 600 sq ft house that was a great source of pride to her when she was able to purchase it.
Her bills have all piled up. She needs a financial foothold to get her feet back under her so she doesn't have to worry about losing the only home she's ever owned, how she'll afford basic things, or what will happen in the future. My siblings and I don't have the means to help her financially--we're still in school or jsut starting out--so I'm reaching out to you. Can you help her pay her bills and get her caught up on mortgage? Can you help her be financially secure for the coming months she'll be out of work after surgery so she can take time to heal in peace?
Through all of this, my mom has remained the hardest-working, most generous person I have ever known. When we had rain storms last spring, she spent hours buying ponchos and passing them out to the homeless. She sponsors children every Christmas, and collects food for food drives. She knows the importance of lending a helping hand because so often in her life she hasn't had anyone to help her. This incredible woman has always gone above and beyond for everybody, without expecting anything in return. She doesn't know I'm setting up this account. I'd like to show her after forty years of strenuous work, of feeling alone in all her worries, that there are people who care, people she hasn't even met who, like her, recognize that we all need some compassion and caring once in awhile, that we don't have to know each other to help each other out, that the world's not all bad because a group of strangers can mean everything to one person.