Do Unto Others

I’m not good at asking for help. There, I said it.

I have always had an independent streak and until now, it has served me well. The problems come when…well, when a problem comes. I usually chose to handle things on my own in a low key fashion. Despite the fact that I blog my son’s life for the world to share, I am actually a very private person. It’s true.

Simply put, being the single mom of a medically complex child is stressful, no two ways about it. Major medical decisions are mine and mine alone. Medical debt is mine and mine alone. Raising this child to be a loving, well adjusted member of society – that’s all my doing. Not that the responsibility is all mine, but the day-to-day reality is.

I have to admit that quite often I am overwhelmed. {Not an easy thing for this gal.} I know I am not alone, I know there are other single moms or families struggling to raise a family on a shoestring budget or with overwhelming medical expenses.

Over the past two years, on more than one occasion, support has come from an unlikely source. Total strangers.

Completely by surprise I have been approached by people who have heard of my situation and wanted to offer their assistance. Call it divine intervention, call it lucky.

I call it blessed.

Help arrived in the form of a gift card for groceries, clothing, and once, even manual labor to repair a tornado wind blown fence. In each case the support was a welcome blessing to this “I-am-Super-Mom-hear-me-roar” kind of gal. The best part, aside from the actual offer(s), is knowing that the motive is nothing more than to help relieve me of some financial or emotional stress.

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Do you have a utility bill that needs to be paid?

Do you have an unexpected and expensive car repair?

Do you have a medical bill hanging over your head?

While I was fortunate enough to have people seek me out and offer me a helping hand; there is no shame in seeking out help for yourself or your family. Organizations looking to help Special Needs families are out there, you just have to look for them.

I have found a handful of resources that you might be interested in checking out for yourself or someone you know that may be in need.

Aubrey Rose Foundation: Grants available to assists with medical bills not covered by Insurance

Snappin’ Ministries: Special Needs Parent Support Network, offers financial, spiritual and social resources.

First Hand Foundation: Offers assistance with treatment or equipment needs, based on funding criteria.

Jessica’s Hope Chest: A foundation for critically ill children offering financial assistance and counseling.

Modest Needs: A grant based program for families or individuals in financial need.

Most of these programs are privately funded programs and may be income based or have “medical-only” criteria, these are NOT wish granting programs. Also, keep in mind that most of these organizations are available for financial support, as well as emotional support.

Do you have a story to share?

Janis chronicles Austin’s life and medical journey at Sneak Peek At Me. She is an advocate for medically fragile children and families living with a rare disease diagnosis.

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