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Eden Alexander Emergency Medical Care Fund

with Kitty Fisher
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Kitty Fisher started the campaign
Being an independent contractor often means that a dehabilitating illness can put you out of operation for an unknown amount of time. This loss of stability can be the difference between paying rent and suddenly finding yourself buried under bills you can’t pay. Without any services available to help freelancers recover and get better, we sometimes overwhelm ourselves, taking on gigs and clients we’re ill-equipped to handle just so we can survive.

My friend Eden Alexander, a director, model, artist and muse, is dealing with this situation now. She’s been ill and in chronic pain for over a month after having a near fatal drug reaction to a commonly prescribed drug. This triggered a skin infection called Steven Johnson’s Syndrome,, which might have been addressed sooner had the doctor not embarrassed and shamed Eden, dismissing her experience and refusing her the care she needed.  Due to this, Eden developed full blow MRSA/staph infection on top of the skin infection, which trigged an existing thyroid condition. This caused her to go into something called myxedema coma, the most severe form of hypothyroidism, and she almost died.

After going untreated for so long,  she was too weak to handle the medicine she’d needed the week before. In a better medical system, she likely would’ve been hospitalized to help her with recovery… as we’re in the US, however, she was not. Now her illness has spread to her heart and lungs- since the drug poisoning poisoned her entire nervous system, Eden still does not have full motor control back yet. She is struggling to recover, which might take anywhere from another week to another month.
Meanwhile, she had an unfortunate personal situation happen in the middle of it all, and was left without enough money to pay bills for the past 2 months. Of course her illness meant she had to cancel all work, and now has no income and no way of working for income. Eden’s been trying to juggle all this on her own and needs care and help badly.Eden needs funds for:

– a homecare nurse to come by and help her care for herself

– light physical therapy on the muscles and joints that have been aching and seizing for a month.

– a dog walker, dog food, and dog treats/toys as her dogs are severely traumatized and hyperactive- additionally, since Eden is unable to walk them, she’s locked inside the house alone with 2 barking dogs all day every day and needs a break!

– a housekeeper/maid to come by and help Eden with her chores and laundry. Her current respiratory and heart condition prevent her from doing pretty much everything domestically… she’s finding it impossible to keep up!

– her bills and living expenses for the next 6 weeks to 2 months as she has no idea how long it will take her to get well, and has nothing but a slew of medical appointments ahead of her.

She tried to get support through WePay, but they shut her down citing TOS violations that were overzealously enforced – learn more about that here

Ideally we’d live in a system where health care was accessible, and holistic, giving people time to heal properly. Unfortunately we live in a work or die society. Sometimes, we need to reach out for help. I know it was extremely difficult for Eden to ask for help in the first place, and I hope that you’ll consider supporting her in this difficult time! 

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The campaign was a success. A big thanks to all our contributors.
$10,550.00
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Miss Katherine M Williams
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I hope you get well soon, sweetie. And I really hope this campaign will help you to a point where you don't have to try and work before you are absolutely well enough to do so. Miss you! <3
$10,121.00
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Jonathan Howard
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Thanks for your continuing support! We've got an immediate needs budget worked out to support Eden:

Rent: $1900
Living Expenses/Bills: $765 (so far, waiting on the ambulance etc!)
Groceries/Sundries: $400

I'll be transferring over $3100 for immediate needs (over the next 4 days, as I can only do $1000 at a time), and then discussing with Eden and other folks helping her recover how much to put aside for upcoming medical expenses and self care needs like a carer. Thank you so much! 
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Thanks for your continuing support! We've got an immediate needs budget worked out to support Eden:

Rent: $1900
Living Expenses/Bills: $765 (so far, waiting on the ambulance etc!)
Groceries/Sundries: $400

I'll be transferring over $3100 for immediate needs (over the next 4 days, as I can only do $1000 at a time), and then discussing with Eden and other folks helping her recover how much to put aside for upcoming medical expenses and self care needs like a carer. Thank you so much! 
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Carlos Estrada
Carlos
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Miss Katherine M Williams
Miss
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Peter Kinnaird
Peter
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L Marley
L
Marley
James Brackeen
James
Brackeen
Miss Katherine M Williams
Miss
Katherine M Williams
Finally contributed! I hope she gets the funds from that OTHER service as well, or they at least refund them so we can contribute them again
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Thomas McDonald
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Ira Emsig
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A. Li
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Kevin Finity
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$9,711.00
We're currently working on a budget with Eden to assess medical bills and personal survival needs. As we've started to examine how much a 911 ambulance ride is, along with rent back payments due to Eden's illness, we've realized our original estimate was just scratching the surface! So we're raising the goal to help her out, and I'll be posting a breakdown of costs so y'all know where it's going. Thank you for donating, thank you for being there. Thanks for being a friend. 
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We're currently working on a budget with Eden to assess medical bills and personal survival needs. As we've started to examine how much a 911 ambulance ride is, along with rent back payments due to Eden's illness, we've realized our original estimate was just scratching the surface! So we're raising the goal to help her out, and I'll be posting a breakdown of costs so y'all know where it's going. Thank you for donating, thank you for being there. Thanks for being a friend. 
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Lee Morgan
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eleanor smith
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Mele ortiz
Mele
ortiz
eric wertz
eric
wertz
Lev Pinskiy
Lev
Pinskiy
Eden I am so happy to be a part of this community. I can only hope that my contribution helps your recovery so that you can get back to doing the things you love. Thank you for being a proud out spoken example of love. From a fan of your work and of the beautiful person you are. Get well be strong and fight the system
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Eden I am so happy to be a part of this community. I can only hope that my contribution helps your recovery so that you can get back to doing the things you love. Thank you for being a proud out spoken example of love. From a fan of your work and of the beautiful person you are. Get well be strong and fight the system

Campaign Description:

Being an independent contractor often means that a dehabilitating illness can put you out of operation for an unknown amount of time. This loss of stability can be the difference between paying rent and suddenly finding yourself buried under bills you can’t pay. Without any services available to help freelancers recover and get better, we sometimes overwhelm ourselves, taking on gigs and clients we’re ill-equipped to handle just so we can survive.

My friend Eden Alexander, a director, model, artist and muse, is dealing with this situation now. She’s been ill and in chronic pain for over a month after having a near fatal drug reaction to a commonly prescribed drug. This triggered a skin infection called Steven Johnson’s Syndrome,, which might have been addressed sooner had the doctor not embarrassed and shamed Eden, dismissing her experience and refusing her the care she needed.  Due to this, Eden developed full blow MRSA/staph infection on top of the skin infection, which trigged an existing thyroid condition. This caused her to go into something called myxedema coma, the most severe form of hypothyroidism, and she almost died.

After going untreated for so long,  she was too weak to handle the medicine she’d needed the week before. In a better medical system, she likely would’ve been hospitalized to help her with recovery… as we’re in the US, however, she was not. Now her illness has spread to her heart and lungs- since the drug poisoning poisoned her entire nervous system, Eden still does not have full motor control back yet. She is struggling to recover, which might take anywhere from another week to another month.
Meanwhile, she had an unfortunate personal situation happen in the middle of it all, and was left without enough money to pay bills for the past 2 months. Of course her illness meant she had to cancel all work, and now has no income and no way of working for income. Eden’s been trying to juggle all this on her own and needs care and help badly.Eden needs funds for:

– a homecare nurse to come by and help her care for herself

– light physical therapy on the muscles and joints that have been aching and seizing for a month.

– a dog walker, dog food, and dog treats/toys as her dogs are severely traumatized and hyperactive- additionally, since Eden is unable to walk them, she’s locked inside the house alone with 2 barking dogs all day every day and needs a break!

– a housekeeper/maid to come by and help Eden with her chores and laundry. Her current respiratory and heart condition prevent her from doing pretty much everything domestically… she’s finding it impossible to keep up!

– her bills and living expenses for the next 6 weeks to 2 months as she has no idea how long it will take her to get well, and has nothing but a slew of medical appointments ahead of her.

She tried to get support through WePay, but they shut her down citing TOS violations that were overzealously enforced – learn more about that here

Ideally we’d live in a system where health care was accessible, and holistic, giving people time to heal properly. Unfortunately we live in a work or die society. Sometimes, we need to reach out for help. I know it was extremely difficult for Eden to ask for help in the first place, and I hope that you’ll consider supporting her in this difficult time! 

 
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