Eden Alexander Emergency Medical Care Fund

with Kitty Fisher
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To date
$10,550
Expired
Tilted at [?] $3,000
Target at $15,000
Eden Alexander Emergency Medical Care Fund
Campaign DescriptionBeing 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! 

Kitty FisherThanks 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! 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherWe'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. 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherThank you so much everyone for your continued generosity! 

We'll be sitting down with Eden to make a financial plan that we'll make transparent to you, the donators. She and I have figured out a way to get funds directly to her as soon as she's ready to receive them- and thanks to people like you, she won't be overwhelmed during her recovery with increasing debt. 

Money not directly going to Eden's recovery, medical bills, and care will be donated to organizations run by and for sex workers. We want to ensure that *any* sex worker can ask for and receive the help they need, and want to put any extra funds into sustainable community care. 

Thank you again for proving, en masse, that sex workers do matter. As a sex worker who has struggled similarly myself, it's humbling and gratifying to see. 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherHoly shit you guys!!! This is amazing. Eden is so grateful, as are all of her friends, including me. 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherWe've made it to $5000! Wow. This is truly amazing! What a fantastic homecoming present- to discover that the funds needed to help Eden get through the next few months are there and waiting for her. Thanks so much!

This gets us past the target but really, when it comes to health care, the more we can have for Eden as a cushion the better. Thanks for continuing to support our friend! 
10 months ago
Kitty Fisher$4K you guys!! This is awesome <3 I'm so happy to see all this coverage and support. 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherWe've gotten the base amount you guys! Let's keep going- ambulances and hospital visits are traumatic and expensive, and the more help we can give to Eden the easier her healing process will be. <3 I have tears in my eyes, I'm so humbled. 
10 months ago
Kitty FisherHoly shit you guys! Halfway there in, what, an hour??? Thank you so much!
10 months ago
Kitty FisherThanks to all those who have updated SO QUICKLY after this went live! <3
10 months ago
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