Help Sneaker (and her family) survive!

Help Sneaker (and her family) survive!

From Kethry Chlurain

I'm raising money to pay the vet bills needed to take care of Sneaker's cancer. My husband died 4 years ago, and she was his cat, and I'm not ready for her to go find him yet. Please help me pay for her treatment!

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Update #3

3 days ago

...oh my gods. Not only did we make goal, we went OVER goal.

Thank you all, SO very much. I've been drowning in school and not very attentive, but with your help, we're going to be okay.

I don't have any words to express my gratitude. You are all wonderful, and thoughtful, and if you ever feel depressed, just remember that there is a three-legged furry purr machine around because of you, and her family is still in their house, and keeping the lights on, and eating regularly, because of you. That is no small thing.

I love you all beyond words.

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I just now found the "more info" section of this, 6 days from the fundraiser's end.

Sneaker is our littlest cat. She's the mama figure of our furry family, permanently ensmallened by having a litter too young, or so the Escolan shelter told me, so her Particular name is Lady Capulet. She came with the name Sneaker, although (of course) it doesn't suit. Squeaker or Stinker would be more apt, because her mews are tiny and her farts are deadly. She knows when it is bedtime, and herds the humans off to bed, whether they live here or not. If you're visiting some evening and suddenly feel flattened by fatigue, she's likely within 5 feet of you, sleeping AT you as hard as she can. She takes no nonsense from the other two cats and she is utterly fastidious about grooming - herself, our boy kitty who's accepted her as Mama, and any filthy hoomans who come within range, actually holding your hand still with velvet paws while she runs the coarsest grit sandpaper tongue ever over your skin. She was my husband's cat, and their noses matched.

Three years ago, she was diagnosed with a nerve sheath tumor - unlikely to metastasize, but swift growing. It was less than two years after my husband had died, and at the time most of his life insurance funds were still fluid, so the tumor was removed and she went through chemotherapy just in case, just like I had 6 years prior during my breast cancer treatment.

Last November, it came back. This time, the life insurance money was pretty well tapped, having paid for my 3 year old daughter and myself and our then housemate to live in a hotel for 9 months while my home insurance company attempted to get local contractors to fix the damage on my house due to flooding...twice, plus two years of normal living expenses while I tried (and failed) to find a job, raise my daughter, deal with the ongoing repercussions of my own cancer, and finally get a diagnosis and medication for what turned out to be ADHD. This time, I'd just barely gotten accepted to an accelerated coding bootcamp with enough in the way of student loans to cover us until I graduated and got an actual job. They would never be able to pay for her treatment as well...but I can't let her go after my husband, not yet. I can't deal with having another loved one die far too young.

So...here I am. I had a couple of credit cards with just enough balance to cover the vet bill, and her leg was removed in December. She was pretty well rebalanced within a few days of surgery, and she's hopping around doing pretty much everything she was before the surgery, although she's not jumping quite so high anymore. The vet is fairly positive that she'll be around a good while longer, and as long as nothing ELSE goes horribly wrong and her lifespan matches the other cats I've had, she should see us well into my new career and my daughter possibly into middle school.

I don't ask for help like this. When I had cancer, when Ben died, I'm not the one that set up the fundraisers. I tried to push the first one, but I barely thought about the second one (grief brain does funny things), and I have a terrible track record of reaching out when I need assistance. One of my closest friends scolds me about this, when she thinks I'll listen. I'm perfectly capable of helping others when I've got the resources (and sometimes when I don't), but accepting help is...incredibly difficult, as I'm sure an awful lot of folks would agree.

But. This is for Sneaker. For my late husband's cat, so soon after he was killed ten minutes from home in a motorcycle wreck. For the bills that pay to keep my daughter safe and warm and fed. For the home that so recently was closed to us while it was rebuilt after the floods. It's not just for me this time.

At this moment, we might - might - be okay. Today I reached past my anxiety and my shame and my guilt to beg some of my better-connected friends for a signal boost, and some amazing person pushed the fundraiser within shouting distance of the amount that will get us back within budget, back to a baseline where if I keep pouring myself into my programming classes and my school is as awesome as their statistics say about getting their graduates hired, we'll be okay, and eventually, we'll be able to start affording to help as much as I want to (or at least as practically as possible). We're still not there yet, though. We still need your help. I need your help.

Most importantly, my furry God of Sleep needs your help. Cats are family. She is my family. Please, help take care of our family.

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Kethry Chlurain posted a new update:
3 days ago

Update #3

...oh my gods. Not only did we make goal, we went OVER goal.

Thank you all, SO very much. I've been drowning in school and not very attentive, but with your help, we're going to be okay.

I don't have any words to express my gratitude. You are all wonderful, and thoughtful, and if you ever feel depressed, just remember that there is a three-legged furry purr machine around because of you, and her family is still in their house, and keeping the lights on, and eating regularly, because of you. That is no small thing.

I love you all beyond words.

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Kethry Chlurain posted a new update:
15 days ago

Update #2

...oh my gods. Somebody...somebody donated an incomprehensible amount of money.

We might get through this without hitting rock bottom.

It doesn't seem real. I'm stunned past words.

Thank you, anon. Thank you so, so much.

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Kethry Chlurain posted a new update:
15 days ago

Update #1

Sneaker is doing well, and 19 amazing people have taken some pressure off. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your help is the difference between squeezing by and me having to possibly declare bankruptcy. I love you all.

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