I'm raising money for basic needs so I can remain housed.

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Why I'm using HandUp for my basic needs.

I am still somewhat behind in my rent. My medical injuries have prevented me from returning to work at this point but I am hoping to return really soon. However, I am still short $700 for my back rent, and I am really trying to remain housed.

About me.

I have cancer and I’m raising money for back rent and basic needs

I'm from Harrison, New York. I first came out to San Francisco in 1979 to go to ACT's summer training congress for acting. I'm a college graduate; I was very active in local theater in my 20's and 30's. I've worked as an administrative assistant and project coordinator, as well as a housecleaner and personal assistant. I'm highly creative (watercolor, knitting...etc.). I'm also known as a "Cat Whisperer".

My backstory.

I've suffered from depression my whole life, but my sister's suicide had such a profound impact on me that I went into a state of chronic grief. I've been trying to figure out how to live the rest of my life as a person without a sister.

I am now a person going through cancer without a sister. I go through daily challenges with simple day to day tasks, such as getting my laundry done, groceries, and daily chores.

I fell behind on rent during the Covid lockdown. Then I was diagnosed with two unrelated kinds of cancer in June 2021. I’ve had many medical challenges in my life but there’s nothing like the pain and sadness that comes with cancer. I will never give up. But I could sure use some help.

My goals, moving forward.

I would love to not have to worry every single minute about what's going to happen next. Working hard, pride of accomplishment, and being a responsible contributing member of my community are deeply important to me. Currently, I am retired due to my health challenges, but I still consider myself as a life long learner. Thank you Youtube!

Other things I'd like to share about myself.

My proudest moments are learning how to drive in my 40's, getting a great acting performance review in the pink section of the Chronicle. I was a cat “mom” for 18 years - that’s something I will always be proud of. My two fur babies have gone over the rainbow bridge but they are forever in my heart. Frankly, I'm proud of the fact that I made it through the past year despite all of these obstacles. My wildest dream up until my diagnosis was to win a Tony award. Now it's to be able to accept that cancer sucks, but I can still find happiness.

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