I recently set up a GoFundMe account to try to raise money for my son Travis. It’s mostly because I was really hoping I’d be able to return to work as a nurse.
Well, I got my genetic testing back from my neurologist yesterday. I found out yes I have Charcot Marie tooth 1A, which I already knew. Also, I found out I have CMT C. Charcot Marie tooth is a form of muscular dystrophy. It is neurological and causes damage to your nerves which damage your muscles. There are a lot of problems with this, but neuropathy pain is the hardest, for me.
It’s not like I’m a different person now, but I realize I’m not going to be able to return to work. I’ve been struggling more. Anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows this. I just really wanted to buy a house for Travis, my son. He is autistic and very low functioning.
I went searching online for help for muscular dystrophy. This is where I found the information on starting a GoFundMe campaign.
So, despite how hard it is to ask for help, I did. I started a GoFundMe campaign hoping that maybe, I could raise some money for a down payment on a house. Travis really struggled with change, and he has really only known this house we live in. The hard part is we are renting, and rent is really expensive. I can’t even imagine moving Travis from this house. He will be devastated, to say the least. So, I said our next move has to be our “forever home”. Meaning, of course, we would buy the house. This would be for Travis, so he’d have a home. Even through life’s hardest struggles, which I know, he won’t understand.
The craziest thing is, I never once thought, I’d have to beware of scammers. The saddest part is there are many people who are looking for people to scam. How could anyone want to take the little someone may have, who’s asking for help? It is crazy to me, that anyone would actually, kick someone while they are down. How could someone try to take money from a mom with muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neuropathy pain etc. A mom who adopted a son with extreme disabilities.
Nothing should ever surprise me about the selfishness of some people. So yes, when you are at your lowest and trying to find help, beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing. If anyone ever asks you to pay a “refundable fee” they are scammers. If something seems suspicious google their name or email. I did this when firstname.lastname@example.org offered to send me all the money I am trying to raise. As long as, I can pay the “refundable fee”. This didn’t make sense to me because GoFundMe doesn’t charge an upfront fee. PayPal doesn’t charge a fee to send to friends or family. So, I searched and found out they are scammers. Wolves in sheeps clothing, who would take Tiny Tim’s crutch from under him to sell or pawn.
I wrote this blog to warn others. I didn’t have any money for this scammer to take, but I wouldn’t have sent any upfront fee even if I did. I have been scammed before, and it is the sickest feeling I’ve ever felt. The fact that I went against my gut feeling. I have definitely been more careful, and I hope you will be too.