“Our December started out like any other. We had a family baking day for Christmas on Sunday. By Tuesday our youngest, was admitted to a behavioral health center for Major Depression. The facility was over an hour and half away. We’re very protective parents, so this was hard for us. On Wednesday I woke up with pain on my left side and assumed it was a kidney stone. I had been seen in the past for this pain, but they never found anything in testing and assumed it was a kidney stone that I just passed. But by Thursday morning I had a high fever, chills, body aches and pain so unbearable that it hurt to move any part of my body. So, off to the Emergency Room we went. After some more testing and blood work, I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis, but with a perforation that was leaking into my abdomen. I was admitted and started on a course of heavy antibiotics. I was very fortunate that we caught it when we did, because otherwise the antibiotics wouldn’t have worked as they did and I would have had to have surgery.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have health insurance at this time, our jobs didn’t offer it. I was released from the hospital a few days later with restrictions and more future testing. I was able to return to work a week later. The following week I was back at the hospital, but for a mammogram. There was a small lump found in November. Again, I was very fortunate. Everything came back normal. Again, unfortunately we still had no health insurance.
Then, two days before Christmas my husband and I were on our way to work, when we were hit by a drunk driver. Our SUV was destroyed, and was told it would take three weeks to repair. It ended up being two months before we had it back again and are still currently struggling to get reimbursed from the other driver’s insurance company. Christmas came and went, then on New Year’s Day our youngest was again admitted back to the behavioral health center for her depression. It had been just a series of events for us, and it was pure luck that one of our wine distributors at work brought in a pamphlet for CORE and I saw it.
With so many medical bills and the car accident we were barely staying ahead on our bills. We needed a little wiggle room to breathe, and that is exactly what we got from CORE. It truly has been a blessing.”