Queer Disabled Filipina Survivor Giving Circle

Queer Disabled Filipina Survivor Giving Circle

From Jennifer Baquing

I am fundraising to survive severe injuries caused by a sexual assault in 2017. This attack has changed my entire life. Please help me make my basic needs and access medical treatment I desperately need.

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Update #7

3 months ago

Hello Everyone!

It is very hard for me to write these updates. My constant nerve pain is unbearable, yet I continue to bear it. I struggle to plan for anything in my future, so my update is that I am still taking things one day at a time. I am doing treatments whenever possible, and trying to make the best use out of the funds generously given to me every month. I started a couple of new therapies last month and I’m hoping for good results. I am also moving to a new place soon. I spend a full time job’s worth amount of time trying to figure out the best way to care for myself and most times it doesn’t seem like enough. Thank you for continuing to help me survive. This is my absolute lifeline and I don’t know where I would be without you.

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Thank you so much for sticking with me during my healing journey. I have only been able to stay alive for the past two years because of your support. Every donation means so much to me. Please help me to survive and keep fighting. —Jenny

Please help queer Filipina survivor Jenny stay alive after a brutal assault that left her seriously injured, in debilitating pain and struggling to live. We are asking our friends, comrades, and allies to join in a monthly giving circle to help Jenny survive and get the medical care she needs.

Please DONATE and select Make this a recurring donation” to support her with monthly donations - even if it’s just $5! Everything helps!

In August 2017, Jenny was raped in her own home by a bodywork practitioner who was supposed to help her with a work injury. This assault caused severe spinal nerve damage that she is still struggling to get medical treatment for.  Since then, her whole life has been upended: she had to flee her apartment in case he came back, lost her ability to work, and now suffers from extreme, debilitating pain.

For the past two years, Jenny has struggled with burning nerve pain that radiates out from her spine to her legs, feet, arms, and hands. Once a lively freelance photographer, avid runner, and fashion enthusiast, Jenny is now mostly bedridden and homebound. She is unable to sit, stand, or walk for long, and has thus been unable to work. She’s been relying on the charity of strangers to meet her basic needs like rent. But because she used her online presence to ask for help and speak up about her experience, Twitter MRA’s (Men’s Rights Activists) started a targeted harassment campaign accusing her of scamming. They encouraged people to report her to the police and FBI, doxxed her to the point of posting her mother’s address online, took a photo of her departed father’s grave and posted it, and photoshopped her face onto pornographic images. The violence she’s experienced online, rooted in racism, misogyny and ableism, has only amplified her trauma and fear.

Though Jenny has been seeking medical answers, her pain has been sharply worsening and burning in her limbs is now spreading. As anyone who has struggled with chronic pain knows, trying to find relief and compassion in our broken medical system can feel impossible. Recovering from the trauma of sexual assault is an enormous task; having to survive the daily physical reminders of your assault through debilitating injuries that have put your entire life on hold is excruciating

As a survivor, Jenny has been met with victim-blaming and harassment. As a queer person, she cannot turn to her biological family for support. As a working-class woman of color, she’s only worked freelance jobs, which excludes her from accessing disability benefits. As a now poor and disabled person, she struggles to afford any care, and when she gets it, is treated as disposable.

Recovering from rape includes astronomical costs for therapy, medical care, lost work days, etc. & according to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), the lifetime cost per victim is $122,461. Many absorb these costs in silence and invisibility.

Our goal is to have a giving circle that can assist Jenny each month with $3800. Please DONATE and select Make this a recurring donation” to support her with monthly donations. This would cover the following:

  • Rent/Utilities/Bills - $1300/month
  • Health Insurance Premium - $590/month
  • Physical Therapy - $110/session
  • Chiropractor- $190/session
  • Acupuncture - $90/session
  • Medications - $200/month
  • Therapy - $140/session 
  • Fundly - 7.9% charge (3800 x 0.079 = 300)
  • $$$ - doctor’s visits and testing (cost of tests will vary)

Thank you so much for your help,

Jenny's support team

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #7

Hello Everyone!

It is very hard for me to write these updates. My constant nerve pain is unbearable, yet I continue to bear it. I struggle to plan for anything in my future, so my update is that I am still taking things one day at a time. I am doing treatments whenever possible, and trying to make the best use out of the funds generously given to me every month. I started a couple of new therapies last month and I’m hoping for good results. I am also moving to a new place soon. I spend a full time job’s worth amount of time trying to figure out the best way to care for myself and most times it doesn’t seem like enough. Thank you for continuing to help me survive. This is my absolute lifeline and I don’t know where I would be without you.

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #6

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all staying as safe as possible. It feels like a really long time since my last fundraiser update in that so much has changed in the last month. I am mourning the loss of all my scheduled treatments and the ways I manage my pain.

Thankfully because of all of you I still have health insurance and can access my doctors via phone and have some medications mailed to me. But I can’t go into the doctor for the foreseeable future without potentially exposing myself to COVID-19, and since I am immunocompromised, I have chosen to hold off for now. This includes my hope to travel to Mayo Clinic.

My giving circle lost some monthly donors last month which is very understandable given the state of things. I’m worried about not being able to pay for things I need like everyone else but am trying to take it day by day. For now I’m healthy and very thankful for this giving circle and for all of you so much. Thank you for keeping me going!

Jenny

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #5

Hi Friends!

This has been a weird month! I am stocking up on my medications as much as possible as well as over the counter flu and cough and cold medicines. I am immunocomprimised and the thought of getting COVID-19 is very scary for me. I recently relocated for financial and safety reasons and it’s weird to be adjusting to a new area in the middle of a pandemic.

My fundraiser monthly recurring goal is still short by $1324 a month. I know lots of people are scared for their health right now, but if you have the time and energy, please consider sharing my fundraiser on your social media channels and/or with a few friends.

Thank you so much for your continuing support. I am trying my absolute best to recover and find more answers. I couldn’t do this without you. Thank you endlessly.

Jenny

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #4

Hello everyone!

Wow it’s already getting to the middle of February. I feel like a lot of good things have happened this year already and I feel really optimistic about my recovery. I have been able to start reading books again! Holding books up and reading them really requires a lot of neck strength, and now that my neck is getting stronger and stronger, I can do more things! This may seem really small but it is huge for me and I am so happy to have that little bit of independence back. Being really dependent on others to even do simple tasks like helping me refill water and take my dog out is really hard on on me.

Another positive update- I am going to visit Mayo Clinic soon and I hope that the doctors there will have more answers for me about my chronic nerve pain and body pain, and help me direct my treatment plan to be more recovery than pain management.

The recurring donations total is currently at $2576/month of the $3800/month goal. It is still short $1224/month. Meeting this goal soon would really help me with my continued recovery! I hate that so much of my recovery and healing options is based on money, but that’s the reality. Every time my fundraiser is shorter than the monthly goal, I have to go without certain treatments and meds and that makes progress really difficult.

If you could take a moment to share my fundraiser with friends or on social media whenever you think of me this month, that would be such a huge help! I’m sooooo close to reaching the monthly goal!

Thank you again for all your continued support and kind notes and love.

Jenny

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update #3

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your continued support in my healing journey. I really appreciate every single one of you who has ever donated or shared my fundraiser. Every donation and every share means so much to me. It's easier than I like to admit for me to slip into very depressive weeks and lose hope, feeling like my progress is too slow and that my pain is too much. But it really fills me with so much hope to see people donating and sharing my fundraiser. I couldn't do this without you!

The range of motion in my neck is still improving so much! And I can tell I'm getting a lot of neck strength back from doing consistent physical therapy. Over Christmas, I was able to chop ingredients for a special dinner with friends and I was so happy. That seems like a little thing, but it's actually huge progress for me.

I'm still working on solutions and treatments for my chronic nerve pain, spine pain, etc. It continues to be a long term process, but I'm thankful for every day I can keep working towards full recovery. Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to look for the right team of doctors.

Thank you again so much for keeping me alive to see another year. I'm happy to be housed and to have health insurance and to even have the chance to get better. I don't take any of that for granted.

All my best,

Jenny

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #2

Hi Everyone!

I’m so sorry I didn’t make an update last month. Things continue to be really hard for me, but I am overwhelmed with your kindness and encouragement. Every donation and every note left here really helps me keep going. Your support is my life blood.

A positive update- for the past 12 months, I have had very limited range of motion in my neck. I haven’t been able to look up, down, or to either side fully. Thanks to your donations and being able to do treatment consistently, I’m now able to move my neck a lot more and hope to have full range of motion in a couple of months! Yay!

I am still looking for a diagnosis for my chronic nerve and muscle pain, and the pain in my spine. As you know, our healthcare system here in America is terrible, and finding the right care team remains a slow process. Thank you for sticking with me and for all of your help. I truly wouldn’t be alive without all of you.

If you can, it would mean a lot for you to share the link to my fundraiser on social media. Thank you so much. Wishing you all a restful and happy holiday.

Jenny

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Jennifer Baquing posted a new update:
12 months ago

Update #1

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for showing up for me again this month. I am blown away by your kindness and so so grateful.

As of the end of September, there are $1908 recurring monthly donations and $7500 raised overall! For the first time in over a year, I will be able to cover all of one month’s medical expenses. I am so thrilled and relieved and I hope this will be the start of being able to get regular medical treatment!!!

While I’m super happy to be able to afford one month of bills and medical expenses, I still have a lot of anxiety that I may not be able to do the same in November and the coming months. It would be really awesome to meet the reoccurring monthly goal soon so I can make some longer term plans and follow my treatment plans all the way through.

My recurring donations goal is $3800 a month for my basic needs and medical care. I am still $1892 away from meeting that goal. If you have any time at all to share my fundraiser with anyone who might want to support me, even a few dollars, that would be so so helpful.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me for another month. The road ahead is still uncertain, but with your help I’m able to hope I can make it.

Love, Jenny

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