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April 10, 2008
Paying it forward

While I was in the midst of my medical problems, I received a lot of support from quite a few people. Mom, of course, came and stayed here in NC — bored out of her skull most of the time, I don't doubt, between rounds of driving me to the doctors and doing those things around the house which I was incapable of doing for myself. My sister, too, made a few stops here to help. The two of them were invaluable; without their help, I'd have had to sell my house and move to some sort of single-story assisted-living facility.

No kidding. I was unable to fend for myself.

Many others provided moral support. I can't count how many emails I received, all full of encouragement. And there was at least one church congregation praying for me regularly.

The medical care I received was top-notch. My regular doc was and is as good a GP as I've ever dealt with. The neurologist I went to is one of the best in the country, and the neurosurgeon who drilled me is arguably the best neurosurgeon in the world. Plus, there were really cute nurses all along the way. Hey, I'm a man... you didn't expect me not to notice, did you?

Further, when I had a fundraiser going here to help offset my massive medical bills (which so far have added up to over a year's pay... egads) more than just a few people made donations to help out. It made a difference.

Now I'm in a situation where my past medical bills are all paid up, where the minor ongoing treatment (physical therapy, mostly) is relatively simple for me to handle... and I have my tax refunds in the bank.

I've always tried to be a charitable guy; I could do a lot better. I want to do better. So, I've recently seen a couple of situations where maybe I could directly make a difference, where I could give someone with insanely high vet bills some of the same sort of support that I was blessed to receive when I was down.

Moki is a tough little fighter with an undiagnosed neurological condition. If you think this reminds me of my own situation, you'd be exactly right.

LillyLu is another cat with enormous vet bills... particularly since her human is getting ready to have twins of her own.

Both those linked sites have orange "Donate" buttons in the sidebars. Go on, hit them. Every little bit helps. Big bits help, too.

For those of you who are charitably inclined, but feel the need to have tax deductability, there is the newly-founded Cat Friends Helping Friends. There are plenty of people-oriented charities, but as far as I know, there's just this one that helps people with big veterinarian bills. Go help them out.

Posted by Russ at 07:09 PM, April 10, 2008 in Animals & Health & Miscellany

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what a sterling hoomin bean you is! we thanks ya for your efforts on behalf of our furriends moki an' lilly lu!

purrs an' best fishes to you, always

--the meowers from missouri

Posted by: nels, ed, nitro, & xinglu at April 10, 2008 08:30 PM

Hello Mysterious Benefactor and Pay it Forwarder!

We wanted to come and express our sincere gratitude for what you've done to help offset some of the medical costs for Moki & Lilly Lu. We, like our Mom, believe that NO Acts of Kindness are ever insignificant.

We hope you are blessed in many ways!

Posted by: Gandalf & Grayson at April 12, 2008 09:38 AM

What a beautiful post, Russ. It was good to see you yesterday in the chatzy room!

Rocky, Sharolyn
& all of us at Artsy Catsy

Posted by: Artsy Catsy at April 14, 2008 11:53 AM

That's a wonderful thing you did for Moki and Lilly Lu. Everyone needs help at one time or another and it's great whenever we find an opportunity to "pay it forward" on the help we received from others.

Posted by: Jan's Funny Farm at April 15, 2008 12:57 PM

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