caught my eye on my friends list on Livejournal this week. jemyl
has been on my friends list for years although she doesn't post very often. Ellen is a very kind, generous and warm-hearted woman in her late 60s living in Hawthorne, Florida, who describes herself as follows:
I am a grandmother and became both a widow and an orphan in December of 2005 with the deaths of my mother on the sixth and my husband, Bill, on the thirtieth. I am a diabetic as were they. I have 2 natural and 4 acquired children, all grown with 10 grandchildren. I am a bit of a geek, enjoy reading, websurfing, writing poetry and reading mystery novels. I like crosswords and puzzles, cats and dogs too. We live in the country in northeastern Florida near the University of Florida. That makes me a gator fan. My husband was bed and wheelchair bound for the last five years of his life so I am not used to being out much. I also like to crochet and do counted cross stitch when my arthritis and eyes permit.
Right now, Ellen is going through an extraordinarily difficult time, and her family is not able to give her much support or help. She is in poor health, presently struggling with an eye injury and sinus infection and she is recovering from back surgery. Her financial situation has become truly dire, and she is facing the possibility of homelessness
. I was so impressed by her faithful and loving work as a caretaker when she nursed her husband and her mother through their last illnesses, but now she has no one to help take care of her.
She has done her best for herself, but her most recent post alarmed me. She says that she doesn't believe in suicide, but she feels abandoned and lonely. All she has to keep her going, she says, are her three kitties, and she will lose them if she loses her home. Her post ended:
"I give up. It feels like no one cares and I just can't do it all all by myself any more. Please, God, send me a miracle or take me home. Amen."
I felt very badly when I realized that her post had been up for two days but not a single person had responded. Ellen has been trying to sell some handmade jewelry online
but has not gotten many takers. She mentions her paypal account; you will find her paypal email address as a comment to the post. Can you stop by and leave her an encouraging note, maybe even buy some jewelry from her and/or leave a donation? Is there anyone on my friends list near Hawthorne, Florida who can give Ellen some practical help (like cutting the lawn, or whatever other help she needs), or do you know of someone? Can you suggest any other resources for Ellen?How about doing this, right here, right now, as your contribution to fighting worldsuck? Please do what you can do, whether an encouraging message, money or practical help to help my friend feel less alone in the world and despairing. I would appreciate your boosting the signal on this, too. Thank you.( What I did today to help make the world a better place )