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26 year old Artist with Osteomyelitis needs your help
Hi Ellen!

I want to start out by saying I am such a big fan of you and your show. Since I don't have cable at the moment, I watch all of your clips on YouTube. They bring me such joy and lift my spirits up.

Since October 2015, I have been going through a very difficult time. I slipped and fell outside on Oct. 29th, which resulted in my fracturing my left humerus. Surgery was required to put the bone back in place with metal plates and screws. Just when I thought it was almost fully recovered, I became very sick this past February. Come to find out, I somehow ended up with Osteomyelitis, a bone infection. I had to undergo a second surgery on March 3rd to remove part of the deteriorated bone and remove any signs of infected area. I has been admitted to the hospital for a few days. Since then, I've been at home with a PICC line in my arm, which is giving me 2 grams of antibiotics intravenously ever 4 hours. I have a few more weeks to go with the PICC line.

With all of this going on, I had to temporarily leave my apprenticeship at a tattoo shop I started working at. In July 2015 I started building up my own freelance business doing art and graphic design work, however with my medical condition and still battling feeling sick (some days are better than others), my business has plummeted very much. I am struggling to afford every day needs for survival, I am behind on rent and have no idea how I am going to be able to make ends, which has been extremely stressful and has been causing me to fall into a depression. I have a dog, who is my absolute best friend, I don't know what I would do without his unconditional love. I would live in a refrigerator box with him - he and I are a package deal.

I am 26 years old and live in Merrimac, Massachusetts. I attended The New England Institute of Art where I majored in graphic design. My passion for creativity lives in my veins. Please take a look at my online portfolio. I'm really hoping you could spread the word for me to help gain some jobs and get my work out there. I am a tremendously hard worker, I am a true believer we are all born with a special gift, one that should never go to waste. Art, design, and music is my life (along with my dog) and by the grace of God, I know I will succeed and reach my dreams.

Please help me in turning all of this around, I am struggling more than I ever had.

Thank you for taking your time reading this.

Much love,
Heather Lindberg

85 views Apr 8, 2016
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