A Hurting Hero in Need of Help

A Hurting Hero in Need of Help

From Firras Garada

Hi All! Thank you for taking the time to read my story. I am currently a third year medical resident. It has taken a lot of courage and strength to ask for help. During medical school I fell victim to debt coercion.

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about 1 year ago

Thank you for the early donations. The kindness in peoples' hearts never ceases to amaze me.

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As mentioned above, during medical school I fell victim to almost 50,000 dollars worth of debt secondary to coercion. For those that don't know coerced debt is defined as "debt created when an abusive partner uses abuse or methods of coercion to create debt". I was in a very abusive relationship, both physically and mentally, approximately 5 years ago. To give further insight,  my parents had recently disowned me due to my sexuality, and needless to say, I was a little broken on the inside. Combined with daily stressors of being in medical school, it was the perfect storm making me a good candidate for abuse.  I have worked tirelessly to try to dig myself out of the hole, and have approximately 20,000 dollars worth of remaining debt.  

It has taken me this long to build up the courage to ask for help. I am not one that has ever asked for assistance before, and truth be told, posting this is making me feel a sense of shame.

So why now you may ask? 

During this covid pandemic my eyes have really opened up to how kind humanity can be. Being a front-line healthcare worker, the love and support from individuals and businesses has been astronomical. 

To further shed light on the type of person I am, I wanted to share an example demonstrating my character. In April, I began a second job working as an instacart driver. I wanted to help the community stay home and follow the quarantine order comfortably and safely. After a long shift at the hospital, I would do a few batches to continue doing my part serving the community. 

After years of anxiety and dealing with debt collectors I am finally accepting that it is okay to ask for help. Life is a journey, and we can all work together to ensure it can be a healthy and prosperous one.

America,I worked hard to keep you safe and healthy. Now I'm the one in need of saving.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story; any contributions, or shares on social media would mean the world to me.

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Thank you for the early donations. The kindness in peoples' hearts never ceases to amaze me.

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