Ileen “Grammy” Green
As many of you know it is been a very rough 6 years for my mom. Although there have been very challenging moments — a kidney transplant, lung cancer, diabetes and a lobectomy — there have been a far greater number of wonderful times we’ve shared and I am so grateful Maya has gotten a chance to know her Grammy. Today, as I sit to write this, is actually her 65th birthday and it’s a blessing to celebrate with her.
I’m reaching out to you today because we face a new serious challenge.On December 9th, my mother broke her neck in a fall and remained hospitalized for over 10 months. She has managed to find the strength that she needs to get through each day and finally returned home only a couple weeks ago. The day-to-day challenges of living life in a wheelchair (until she gets stronger) are immense, a struggle made worse by the problems in our healthcare system.
While no one doubts or questions my mother’s need for constant care, she can no longer be in the hospital or in a rehab facility as her Medicare coverage hit the limit. I can’t believe there is still a lifetime limit to Medicare coverage, but there is! Her live-in-home care that she absolutely needs is 100 percent private pay. There are no services or organizations that can offer any financial help during this time because my mother was a public school teacher, her pension disqualifies her from receiving any charity dollars from local nonprofit.
I’m reaching out to you today because the cost of her live-in care — over $875 dollars a week — is too much to handle. While we are quite lucky that it’s only $875 dollars a week — many agencies charge over $250 dollars a day! While her caretaker is wonderful and I would not trade her for the world, we’re running out of money. I have remortgaged my home, used up my credit and gone to my savings to pay for her medical care. I have not been able to work since January as I have been taking care of my mom full time. If you have ever had a loved one in a hospital or a nursing home you know the importance of being bedside daily and becoming a patient advocate.
I know this is a difficult time for everyone these days …. and this makes it even more difficult for me to ask, but I need to. A couple friends have talked about putting together a fundraiser and that may happen. But the funds are needed immediately. If there’s anything you can do to help to cover the cost of her healthcare, please know, I have once again started up my mom’s fund through HelpHopeLive.
As my friends, you know how very difficult for me to ask for help again for my mom. I wish it wasn’t like this, but it is.We truly did not think she was going to make it over the last 10 months let alone the last 6 years. Time with my mom has been a gift and I’m not ready to lose her over lack of money. She’s a fighter and a wonderful woman and an incredible source of inspiration for me through my life. I can’t imagine life without my mom, without my daughters Grammy ,without the woman has encouraged me and inspired me all my life. I am not ready to let go that’s why I’m asking for your help today.
Please, if you can, help my mother. I’ll be forever in your debt, just as I am in constant awe of my mother’s strength and resiliancy.
I have chosen to raise funds for my mom with HelpHOPELive in part because they provide both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to her contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds contributed will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
To make a contribution to my mom’s fundraising campaign:For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800-642-8399.
Thank you for your support!
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October 8, 2013
Mom, In my heart - I know- everything will work out. I love you - Maya loves you & no matter what it takes, we will make it through this, together. Strong women can accomplish greatness-- you taught me that!
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