I’m a 30-year-old woman from Finland.
In the picture there’s my dog, who had a big tumor removed in January. This obviously costs money, more than a 1000 €. This was a huge hit for us, and now we are seriously struggling to pay our bills and everyday life. We are hoping the tumor doesn’t appear again, it’s something we couldn’t deal with again, emotionally or financially.
We both work full-time, but I will most likely be unemployed after September. We have 2 children, daycare bills take a lot and I’m driving a long way to work every day.
I’m very sensitive and tend to get depressed easily under stress, and obviously there’s been a lot of stress lately. Financial aid would really help me and my family in many ways. I’m buying clothes for children from fleemarkets already, but shoes are a bit tricky to find. Even more in adult size. So there’s a lot of little things taking money. Daycare, gas, insurances, new tires for car, phone, loans… Some bills get paid late every time and this is a big issue for me, as usually I pay my bills instantly when they come, or on the day I get my salary. I would say this is a thing I’m neurotic about.
Not being able to afford healthier food for children is also making me feel bad. I’m thankful for apple trees and berry bushes in our garden, and will be planting potatoes soon too, but it will take a few months before we’ll be eating those.
It will be summer soon and if this continues to be the way things are, we can’t take our kids anywhere. No zoo, amusement parks, or anything special, and it’s really heartbreaking for me as a mother. Even trips to see granny and grandpa can be a rare thing, as they live a long way from us and it takes a full tank to drive there.
My sweet daughter loves to sing and dance, and she will get a new hobby with those elements as soon as we can afford it.
My little son is still under 3 years old, and is quite happy still with playgrounds as his hobby. He loves playing ball and we think he would love to play football when he just gets a bit older.
Even a little bit is a huge help for us. Every single coin is for our children.
Thank you for reading this.