As the title states, I’m currently experiencing desperate times. I’m responsible for taking care of my mother and usually we manage to scrape by each month as I’m also attempting to pay off her debt and my student loans. Taking care of my mom is my greatest priority because she worked hard as a single mother to provide for my siblings and I, sometimes working up to 3 jobs at once just to ensure we had food on the table. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a while back and continued to work through chemotherapy and radiation despite the fact she was extremely ill and in a lot of pain. Her main job fired her after years of dedicated service following her asking for a raise in pay. Now it’s my turn to make her comfortable. Unfortunately, her health is very poor and she no longer has insurance. Medicare has yet to “kick in” and the costs of her medication and dr visits have left me in extreme financial distress. I am very behind on our phone bill which will be turned off tomorrow or the next day if I don’t pay $379. I have utility bills and next months rent to worry about as well. Currently, we are low on food and I only have about $35 in checking which is supposed to provide for over a thousand dollars in bills. I applied for grants with the government and my options were very limited as it appears to them that I make decent money when in fact my funds have been exhausted towards medical expenses and keeping my mother comfortable. I do not have an extended family to fall back on and due to student loan debt and credit cards being run up I have not been able to secure a loan. This is a last resort. I thank anyone in advance who may decide to help for their kindness and generosity. One day I will pay this forward. The photo attached is of my favorite picture of my mother when she was young.