At the start of this New Year, I find myself writing to you on a very personal note.
As many people who follow my blog and my Facebook page know, even as I continue to improve my ability to manage and cope with the challenges of living with the pain and disability, my rheumatoid arthritis continues to progress. While I have surrounded myself with some of the most caring health care professionals that one could imagine, including but not limited to my rheumatologist who made a house call this past Sunday, my current treatment options are no longer proving to be as effective as they once used to be.
My personal situation is further complicated by the fact that treatment options are quite limited in the country where I reside part of the year. In order gain access to any of the newer treatments, I must travel to and explore options either in other countries here in South America, or in my home country of the United States. Once you add in my very limited financial resources that result from my inability to maintain gainful employment, it is quite easy to understand the magnitude of this challenge that I currently face. (I did apply for Social Security Disability benefits more than three years ago; I have been denied twice and am currently in my third appeals process.)
Over the past couple of days, I have made this promise to myself: one of my top priorities in the coming weeks and months is going to do everything with my control to gain access to the health care and treatment options that I so very need. I am asking you to please help me achieve this goal. I am not asking for money. I am only asking for five minutes of your time. I will soon be submitting financial assistance applications to various well-known medical institutions within the United States, and want to guarantee (as much as possible) that my applications get noticed!
Here is how you can help me:
• Write a brief character reference letter (1-2 paragraphs, guidelines/hints included in first comment below.)
• Sign your letter with your name and country of residence. (Complete address is not required.)
• Email your letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Please note, these letters will be attached to the financial assistance applications that I submit. They will not be shared in any other manner.
I hope to start submitting some of these applications as early as the end of this month. If you could please send in any letters of support before January 25, 2013 this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much for your friendship, help, and support. I wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy New Year!