If you haven't heard we have some neighbors in trouble and they could stand a helping hand. I'm talking about Ed and Paula Breseman and their girls. Neighbor Sandy K sent me this document with their OK.
"When you have a little bad luck, you shrug it off and move on. Then something else happens. Then another thing. But when those things keep happening, one on top of another you find yourself buried. Then you start to wonder, “what next”, “what now.” The Breseman Family has been plagued by bad luck for many years. A friend once told them if they didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all. They have been struggling in silence. Now they have used all of their savings to pay the compounding medical bills and to re-build the house that Hurricane Ike destroyed . They are behind on their Mortgage payment, insurance payment and all utilities. The next thing to to go will be their health care benefits. They have humbly agreed to share their story and to ask for your prayers and for your help.
How did they get to this point? When you hear the chain of events in their lives, you quickly realize that it could be your story to tell and not theirs.
After years and years without a diagnosis, Paula was finally given the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2004. Her pain was finally manageable, thanks to IV infusions and good health care coverage. But when Ike destroyed their home and wiped away all of their personal possessions and memories, things got worse. The overwhelming stress caused her condition to deteriorate and she had to quit work. After more than 15 surgeries, her pain became so unbearable. She could hardly make it out of bed each day to care for her family. As a last resort, a pump was inserted along her spine that would slowly release pain medication. Finally, she has some relief. Ed had been given the diagnosis of a debilitating auto-immune disease in 2006. Myasthenia Gravis is a neuromuscular disorder that involves the muscles and the nerves that control them. The disease has been in control thanks to a specific mix of medications and frequent doctor visits with blood work. Any additional stress could also send him spiraling downward to where he is no longer able to control the muscles that allow him to breathe.Usually it is our parents that have to move in with us. But in their case, they had to move in with Mr. Breseman’s mother after Ike. It was a house built for two. Four adults, two children and all the rescued furry friends that are Paula’s life long passion, lived there for almost 3 years. They have been trying to stay positive, thanking God for one another and hoping that they’ll get back on their feet soon. Finally, in January of 2011 they moved back into the “almost” finished house. Two days later Paula was fired from her Veterinary Job she held the past year for having “too many medical issues.” It just kept getting worse.
In late June, they were knocked down again. This time, Mr. Breseman had an accident that pulverized his left thumb. He went through 5 hours of microsurgery to re-attach the thumb. Ed is now out of work for several months. What about the medical bills? How can he provide for his family? How can they pay for health insurance and back to school clothes and supplies for their children? How will they continue to keep their own diseases in control? His faith and our tight knit community have given him the strength to allow a few key people to help write and publish this letter.
It could happen to any one of our families. But it has happened to the Bresemans. Never in your life do you imagine growing up, having a family and finding yourself in this position. It isn’t what futures are made of.
If you are able to help this family, please send your gift to Paula and Ed Breseman at 902 Cedar Road. To put their private lives out there for everyone to read was a very difficult thing to do. They will appreciate anything you can do."
So, Time to turn to Clear Lake Shores. We have a bona fide here and they need a little help. Time to work a little magic. For all you newbie’s out there, watch this. In times like this your Island is nothing short of amazing. Hell, once we raised a barrel full of money for a goose!
Adelia, my love, that was the Space Station. It'll be here all week! I'm going to go find a puddle to splash in.
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