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Hey everyone, I need help. I hate even asking because I was raised by a grandmother who always said that a person should pick themselves up by their bootstraps when they hit bottom. She didn't tell me what happens when the bootstraps break. So, I am asking for help.

On the 23rd of December, my spouse's place of employment closed its doors. There was a small severance but we won't get that for 30 days and it will be taxed. We have a ton of medical bills for the shenanigans that my body has pulled in the last year and a half and I have been unable to work. All this we knew in advance, and had planned for - but the best laid plans fell apart. The medical insurance didn't pay for as much as we thought they would and it left us on the hook owing quite a bit. This put a big dent in any savings we had for the impending unemployment. I am going to try to get the rest of the medical bills reduced or dismissed now that there is no real source of income, and we are looking into unemployment benefits, and SNAP/EBT benefits.

My spouse and I will be fine. We have faced hard times before and came out okay.

But cats...cats don't wait until everything is going great before they get sick. Hermen is one of those cats.

Hermen is an 8 year old tuxedo love bug. He's a little on the chunky side and incredibly dorky, but has been relatively healthy his entire life. Then on January 4th, we had to take him to the emergency vet in the early morning hours because he was urinating every few minutes and producing very little.

Between the emergency vet and our regular vet, he was diagnosed with a bladder stone. And it's pretty big. We talked out our options - diet that supposedly dissolves the stone and surgery - and we all decided that the diet was the easiest and cheapest way to go...if it works. We are willing to give it a try. But now, he has vet bills that we cannot afford, food that is more expensive, and future care that we worry that we will be denied if we cannot pay (even though our vet has been wonderful at working with us).

I love this cat very much and I want to do the absolute best and right thing for him. So, I am asking for help. I have set up a GoFundMe for Hermen, and if you can donate, it would be very appreciated.

Other ways you can help:

1. Please, please signal boost this post or  the GoFundMe page to Facebook, Twitter, Dreamwidth, Livejournal, and any other social media that you can think of. My Facebook only contains family and a very small circle of friends. Word won't spread very far with me alone and I would like Hermen to be visible and get the help he needs.

2. My spouse is an editor/copyeditor and proofreader with newspaper, short story/novella, and magazine experience. If you or anyone you know needs an editor or proofreader, please consider [personal profile] guiltyred for work. You can contact [personal profile] guiltyred via PM on Dreamwidth.

If you need more information or want updates on Hermen's progress, you can take a browse at my journal. I generally keep it locked, but I am opening up the Hermen related posts to the public.

Thank you so much for reading and considering helping Hermen. We are all grateful for anything that anyone can do.

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