|| North Hollywood, CA || Submitted: 2020-05-17
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Progress: We've raised 13% 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 9 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 has been unable to find work yet in this environment. 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 rescue cat.
I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis very suddenly. 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 with the help of steroids. I have been on prednisone and another immune suppressant drug called Imuran since then. My GI doctor told me to take medical leave from my job as my immune suppression puts me at high risk for COVID-19. I had to take unpaid medical leave 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. We have survived thanks to the stimulus check and some small savings but those funds are running out. We need Modest Needs help paying my hospital bill.
This funding will help ease the financial stress in our household and help this period of time 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 medically and personally and I am hoping that someone can pay it forward so in the future, I may continue to do so myself. Myself and my husband would be grateful for any assistance during this trying time. Thank you and bless you.
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