Three years ago, Christina was a full-time personal banker and a make-up artist for special events. She worked hard as a single mom to support herself and her two boys.
Now, Christina is usually the youngest person at her dialysis treatments. As a courageous 31-year old, she has overcome incredible obstacles in the past two years.
Christina has been diabetic for quite some time, but things got dramatically harder after she had COVID in December of 2021 and again in February of 2022. One day in April of 2022 she woke up and was not able to see. Within a few months her kidneys shut down. She was in and out of the hospital every month, and three times doctors said she would die. In this process, she lost her job, her car, and her home — but not her spirit.
Through all her health struggles, Christina has gained a positive attitude. “I’m still here,” said Christina, “so I know I have a purpose. I’m going to bring glory to God and find ways to help people.”
This year, Christina moved to Festus to live with her sister’s family. She learned about DRA from our friends at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Her boys received backpacks and school supplies in conjunction with DRA’s Back to School Fair in July.
Recently, DRA has also begun transporting Christina to dialysis treatments three times each week. Christina is working to get on the transplant list for a new pancreas and kidneys. In order to do this, she had to change her insurance, and her new carrier does not cover her transportation to dialysis.
“DRA’s drivers have always made me feel very comfortable. They are so kind, timely, and friendly,” said Christina. “I’m so grateful for the rides they give me and the amazing experience I have had with DRA.”
When her health improves, Christina feels like she now has a calling to help people. As a former foster child and a survivor of domestic violence, she has personal life experience that she can use to help others.
“A lot about me has changed. Ironically, losing my sight opened my eyes to having the patience and understanding to work with people who have different disabilities and difficulties. I’ve learned to communicate better. I’ve learned not to judge by someone’s looks, since you never know what people are going through. I really want to help people now.”
DRA provides over 6,000 rides to more than 300 individuals with disabilities each year. These riders depend on DRA to access life-saving treatments and their physicians. Give today to provide rides to individuals like Christina.