Just over one year ago today my world was turned upside down. I had a wonderful life, I wasn't wealthy by any means but I was happy and thriving. Most importantly I had my three incredible children; Ava 11, Mischa 9, and Nik 8.
I thought I was healthy. I was 35 years old....
After dropping my kids off at school last October I went back to my home office (I work from home)and began my day as usual. Shortly after turning on my computer monitor my vision started getting blurry and I could feel a terrible headache coming on. I assumed the computer screen was the cause so I turned it off and worked on some paperwork. I continued to feel unwell, I was nauseas and dizzy..I could harly answer the door when a client dropped by and thank God for that client because within moments I went limp, slowly falling to the floor. As half of me began to tingle then turn to numbness all I could think was, "is this a stroke? No. No. No. this cant be a stroke!"
It was indeed a stroke and the episode I had weeks prior was what doctors beleived was a "mini stroke" or a warning stroke. This was a full blown stroke. I was in the hospital for a few days and when I was able to return home I had a long road ahead of me. My left arm and hand were nearly useless (I'm a lefty!) and my overall motor control and function was in bad shape. I couldn't speak clearly or find my words when I tried to speak. I had trouble recalling things, my concentration was gone with my focus. Needless to say I was feeling helpless and depressed. But, with the help of some great rehab. therapists I began to improve little by little. My kids were my motivation and the sunshine in my bad days.
As a single Mom (Ishared custody with my ex-husband) I was no stranger to finding solutions in order to overcome whatever obstacles life threw my way. But this situation really left me without options on several occasions. I was unable to work and needed to be careful with what savings I had and that meant I couldnt alwats pay my sitter/mom'shelper to come by and help me get the kids off to school in the morning and they missed about 13 days in one semester. I am not from the tiny, rural MN toiwn I live in and don't have any real friends here and the few family members I have are all out of state. I moved here whenI was still married because my ex-husband is from the area. After he left me for his now wife I held no ill will and was grateful he was a much better Dad than he was a husband. He on the other hand was not as kind. He was cordile at first but each time Id improve my life or accomplish a goal (buying a home, going back to school and earning my Master, starting a business, forming an organization to help my community) he grew more and more cold.
December 28, 2018 my husband showed up with a sheriff deputy and a court order giving him emergency full custody of our kids. He claimed that my stroke was the final straw and the kids were not safe with me. I should mention that I was previously the child abuse advocate in our county and I chaired the local chapter of the Chjild Abuse Prevention Council....I had never been a danmger in any way to my kids or any other.
After my kids were gone it was just one thing after another and eventuallyt I gave up hope. I attempted suicide and spent 2 months in a mental health center. Just about 2 weeks ago I was ready to go home. I have improved greatly from my stroke and am now able to get back to work. I have aslowly began rtegaining clients and pulling myself out of debt. However I am several months behind on my house payment 9I dont have many optyions as I bought it on a contract for deed and my credit has plummeted over the past year)
I have until November 10, 2019 to come up with $3500 (its a bit more but I do have some money towards it from working) I dont have family ot friends that can help and have not qualified for any of the local, state, countyor federal resources availablke. Time is running out and I am scared.
I have fought harder than I ever thought I could to heal from my stroke. Iam finally strong enough mentally and physically to resume battling for my kids return home. I'm back to work and able to afford my regular expenses.
If I lose my home I have nothing. Nowhere to go ( there isnt a shelter anywhere near here) and I have kliterally nobody. There is no place for me to go and I am out of options to try...I never imagined being in such a hopoeless and lonely place.
I know its alot to ask for but I pray that with the help of kind strangers and the Lords grace I will be able to raise the $3500 I need to keep my home.
I am able to provide documentation of my situation and am happy to answer any questions you may have before helping. If I can help you or your small business , I am a small business/non profit consultant with years of experience, I will happily do so to earn the funds.
I amn desperate. If I do not raise this money in 4 days I will be homeless.
Thank you for mreading my plea for help.