In a measley six days, my GoFundMe campaign of shameless begging for help so I can get through my upcoming surgery and post-op expenses, a merry band of do-gooders surpassed my goal of $500. Even though it doesn't appear to be so, I have just over $525 for the upcoming health and shelter gauntlet. A couple of folks opted to use PayPal instead of the GoFundMe site; thus, the difference.
As I said when I originally posted my campaign, $500 will prevent my going into any more deficit and will help set Toby and Smidgen up with their proper medications and food for the duration of my absence. It will also pay my portion of the surgery bill, which is $264, gas for Angie's car and any other expenses accrued by my presence in her home. It's still gonna be an uber-tight squeeze, so I'm keeping the campaign up until Monday morning, right before I head out to the surgery center.
To all of you who contributed to this cause, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I get distressed when I have to ask for help, especially financially. It stems from my childhood almost instantly after the parental units divorced.
Essentially homeless with nothing but the clothes on my back, I found myself, along with Aunt Tudi and Granny, at the mercy of others who openly resented the situation in which we all found ourselves. Because of that, self-suffiency was of the utmost importance to me. Having my health pack its bags and leave town irreparably damaged that self-suffiency.
But you guys didn't grouse at me or make me feel like Heel #1 for asking for help. You just helped, and that's a gift whose importance I can't properly express. All I can do is say thank you, and file this experience in my Why Tribe Is More Cherished Than Family.
So, with all that said, please enjoy the dancing Moss and Roy, as well as the inimitable James Stewart and Donna Reed dancing as though the cops are shooting at their feet. This is a perfect example of how y'all have made me feel the past few days.
Again, thank you. Someday, and I'd rather it be sooner than later, I hope I can help all of you in some capacity. It would be the very least I could do.