A sad story has come to light. Many of you crocheters may know Mary Beth T. who has hosted many a wonderful Getting Loopy shows on blog talk radio. If you are a crocheter and haven't listened I encourage you to. That is not the point of this posting. A friend of Mary Beth is in a seriously bad health situation. I excerpt from her blog here as she tells it better than I can.
Lori Hall Steele is a gifted professional freelance writer with over 3,000 articles to her name. She is a 44-year-old single mother of seven-year-old Jack. And she is suffering from an unholy combination of Lyme disease and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and is days away from foreclosure. Stuck in a hospital room, attached to a machine that is helping her breathe, there isn't much she can do about it - but we can.
This is not an urban legend or an internet scam - this is someone whose work I know and respect, and the horror of her situation gives me chills.
If you have a dollar to spare, please visit Save Lori's House and make a PayPal donation. Any amount, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated, and put to immediate good use.
I have had Lyme's myself and I can tell you it was no picnic. I suffered with complications of a health problem of my own and though I don't have ALS my heart goes out to this woman and her family. I have a serious rant about the medical insurance/system in the USA and this is one reason why. I wont delve into the rant except to say that something like this shouldn't happen to anyone. Facing the worst of health is not the time you should have to worry about money and make choices between health care or every day living bills. Though I dont know Lori myself I have known many others that have faced hard situations and choices like this. I write about this to help spread the word to anyone that can and wants to help. I ask only that you look into your own heart and do what you think is best for you to do. To Lori I wish the best and to her family I wish any peace possible at a time like this.