Being Homeless With Cancer

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This is so tough. I beat Stage IV esophageal cancer, pneumonia 15 times, necrotizing pneumonia that nearly killed me,  a feeding tube, 2 major esophageal surgeries, a house fire and now they've discovered mets on my lung and want me to restart treatment. My son and I are homeless. I have 25 cents in my pocket. A very kind person paid for our hotel room until Monday. There is an opening in a place that has furnished apartment style units for around 400.00 per week. The Social worker at the cancer center can get funding in about ten days but no sooner. None of the agencies in our area will cover lodging. I can't even start this treatment until we are settled. The shelters here have waiting lists. I'm so distraught. I'm hoping for a miracle, that some kind soul can cover the cost of that apartment. They could just call the place and do it by phone. We have ten bags of our belongings that we salvaged. I don't know what to do. My son is all I have. I need a hand up in a big way. We will also need to take an Uber from where we are now to the new place. Or if someone could even pick up one night at our current motel to give me another day to figure out what to do about the place I would like to be in. Please, anybody if you can help, please do. Thanks so much.

Beginning of the discussion - 7/11/18

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Your story breaks my heart. Where do you live? What city? There has to be some resources. 

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I'm very well versed in our resources here. The housing problem is so bad here there are yearlong waiting lists to get into apartments approved through the homeless assessment program. It's the only thing there is here. Every single charity pays into it. I will have funding in ten days through the hospital social worker. I just was re established as a patient yesterday. I had my port put in. I'm supposed to take it really easy for the next week. I am only covered until Saturday at noon and then its back out on the street. We have a really nice place for the next 3 days. I'm hoping to raise enough funds to stay another week. Then I will get the emergency grant and can get something more economical. The cheap weekly rate hotels are all full. Two of them just are not suitable for a child, or do to cleanliness and infestation issues. The Dr says I can't be living outside right after this procedure or I could get a bad infection. Gonna have a lovely Birthday on Saturday, going to be out on the street. Some of my cancer buds are trying to raise about 600.00 in the next couple of days, but I think that's unlikely. I had a GoFund Me campaign, but in 6 months, I didn't even get 150.00. And I paid this crowdfunding company to put it out there. Of the 145.00 raised, I only ended up with about 75 bucks. Sometimes I don't know why I fight so hard to live. Being broke and homeless is something I never thought would happen to me. We live in a rich man's country. If you ever get too sick to work, you're screwed

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Hi everyone, I am restarting this discussion. @cancerdad66‍ recently messaged me and he is still unfortunately going through a tough situation. Does anyone have any advice or encouraging thoughts or comments they can share?

Thank you

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@cancerdad66 i'm so sorry to hear what a horrible time you are going through - how could those of us on this site support you best? 

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I honestly do not know My son and I live in a cheap motel. My disability only covers 20    days of it. I buy restore and resell guitars and give lessons to cover the rest. Now,  because of the virus the guitar business completely closed and we pay. I've called everyone and done everything I could nobody is willing to help us.  The Indian people who own the motel do not care.  They say they will toss us in the street if we cannot .pay. 

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@cancerdad66 Oh my goodness, I am so sorry you're going through this! I wish there was some way we could help you! I've heard recently of artists and teachers moving their classes and lessons online since everything is shut down. Is there any way you could try to do your lessons online? 

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How can he do his lessons online without a computer and living out in the street? I highly doubt he owns a laptop. 

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Nope,  just a smartphone.  We are on lockdown.  Can only go to the store, bank or Doctor. Anything else and they put you in the jail. 

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@cancerdad66 How are you doing? This is such a frightening time. I know it's not much help to you, but I'm keeping you and your son in my thoughts.

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