My name is Rhea and I have become the round the clock caregiver for my loving husband Chris, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. After a series of unsuccessful operations, his condition worsened and brought on a whole new set of debilitating health problems that have changed both of our lives forever.
Until recently we had been receiving some governmental aid, however we have now been denied coverage despite Chris' team of doctors and neurosurgeons letters of appeal:
"It has recently come to my attention that my patient, Chris Cowing is being denied in home care services for his daily living functions. Please note, due to patients advanced Parkinson's Disease, he is unable to care for himself or verbally communicate aside from smiling, limited facial expression and limited gestures.... This patient has a unilateral deep brain stimulator in place and has difficulty with ambulation and does fall at times. He needs 24-hour care and surveillance, which his wife is currently providing for him.... It would be inhumane to deny someone in this condition these much needed services and assistance. "
Despite the doctors pleas to help us, we are still not receiving any assistance. I have transcribed some of what my husband Chris wishes to communicate to you:
"I am trapped in my body. Unfortunately I can no longer work. However I still think very clearly and I am thankful I have this life and a wonderful woman by my side to take care of me. It is very hard for me to ask for help as I have always been a very proud person. I now need full time help which my dear wife Rhea is happily willing to give, but we have absolutely no source of income. Please give whatever you can and know that the thought of giving gives abundant receiving."
Other Ways You Can Help
Of course not everyone is in a position to contribute financially, but we would be grateful for any stories from people who might have gone through similar circumstances or who might suggest other resources we could learn about during this tumultuous time.
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