|| North Hollywood, CA || Submitted: 2020-05-17
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Progress: We've raised 16% of the cost of this application!
Coronavirus: Nurse with Autoimmune Disease Needs Help With Hospital Bill
I am a married registered nurse. I have worked as a nurse for almost nine years now and was, until recently, working on a dedicated oncology floor at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. I live with my husband, who just recently was able to get his green card, albeit he has been unable to find work yet given the current situation. He is from Denmark and I am originally from the Chicago area. We live a quiet life in the Los Angeles area with our fur baby, a kitten we rescued.
A while back, I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis very suddenly after my liver enzymes very quickly became dangerously elevated and I turned yellow. I was admitted for fear that I may need a liver transplant. Luckily, I was able to turn around without a transplant. I have been on immune suppressants during that time, and so my doctor told me to take a medical leave from my job, being that I am at high risk for Covid-19. I had to take an unpaid medical leave of absence starting in mid-March. Because I chose to take this leave, I do not qualify for unemployment and have been denied. My husband does not qualify either because he has just recently become a citizen. We have survived thanks to the stimulus check and some small savings, but those funds are running out quickly and we need help paying my hospital bill.
This funding will help ease the financial stress on our household. Furthermore, it will ensure that this period of time does not end up financially devastating a newly married couple who have just started building their lives together. As a nurse I have spent much of my time giving back to others and I am hoping that someone can pay it forward so in the future, I may continue to do so myself. My husband and I would be eternally grateful for any assistance we receive during this trying time. May God bless you and thank you.
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