Maria is a friend of mine from facebook. She suffers from an illness called Lyme Disease which largely overlaps with my illness. She and I share many of the same symptoms and lack of quality of life ... only things are MUCH worse for Maria.
Here is an excerpt from a recent post of hers:
I desperately need safe housing where I can continue my fight against late stage neurological Lyme disease. I am 99 percent bedridden and I live in a very old trailer that is filled with mold and mildew. The bathroom wall is turning to mulch and the floor rotted through to the hall closet. I cannot afford to use the central heat as the unit is antiquated and costs half of my monthly income to run. I have no insulation and I can see the wind blow in the kitchen behind the stove with the doors shut. I get birds inside with the doors closed as well. The electric sockets on one side of the trailer get hot enough to burn when you use them or run the washing machine. I am in a wheelchair and can not fit it in the the bedrooms or the bathroom and I have no wheelchair ramp so I have to scoot on the floor to get out the front door and down the steps.
I have been dreaming of what it would be like to be in a clean house or apartment but I live solely on disability which is less than $700 dollars a month. My hope is that someone will be able and willing to help me with this dream so that I can get well and pay it forward to others in hazardous situations.
I have just made a donation to help Maria. I know it's so close to Christmas and most of you have already spent up big, but please stop for a moment to think about what kind of Christmas Maria is going to have. If you are in a position where you can give a few $$$ then PLEASE do so, you can donate anonymously if you wish. If you are unable to donate then you can still help by spreading the word ...
The link to Maria's donation page is here - http://www.giveforward.com/healthyhandicapaccessiblehousing
Thanks, and Merry Christmas to all :)