I write this from a motel room while my children sleep, and I’m trying to think of anything that will keep us from sinking even further.
I am a Mother of 2 great boys who have been traveling a bumpy path last few years, but appreciate being alive and the blessings we do have.
Rewind 6yrs and you would see I owned a great home that I worked very hard for, as well as every we ever had. I am a Nurse by profession and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Long story short….
My youngest was a surprise while married to my husband at the time. I extremely hard pregnancy, and when I had to go on bed rest for 7mths, unable to work, well he was gone. I was gifted a child that I was told the whole pregnancy would never make it.
Moving fwd, 2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with brain tumor, after blacking out on way home from work, and found having seizures. I After wasn’t allowed to drive, work, or even take a bath unless supervised. Three rounds Gamma knife, and chemo was the extent of public interactions. Sadly, when you soon realize the people you helped, or needed things from you soon disappear. You really learn who is real in your life.
I wasn’t able to work for 1 1/2 years and we lost our home (foreclosed), watched our car get towed away, and accumulated a never ending stack of medical bills.
We moved to a very modest 1 bdrm rental and we had been making the best of it for we still had eachother, and I always stress to the boys that we never give up, and work hard for what we want to achieve.
Although hard to admit, I’m not what I used to be for my body is still healing. Before I would hold no less than 2 jobs and would push myself as hard as I could and was the one who helped others, and couldn’t ask others for any kind of help. Pride and independence not always great personality traits.
Well today, although very humbling, I need help. The rental, our home was completely destroyed along with our belongings, with exception of a few clothes we packed.
The owner has basically been a ghost, and has lacked any character to put it kindly.
FEMA stated due to the property type, the owner would have to iniate the clean up and claim per his insurance.
I would like to say I had rental insurance, but since we are starting over, that was a luxury I wasn’t able to afford yet.
We stayed at church shelter for a bit and then we received motel vouchers which was very kind. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 15th at 11am we have to check out. I am asking for help to secure at least 3 weeks motel so boys will be safe, and I can get back to work. My oldest is 17 and can watch his brother who has Asbergers and I couldn’t leave alone at shelter for it was causing great anxiety, not to mention his biggest fear severe weather and he had just lost another “safe haven”, his home.
So, even though I am falling apart on the inside, they don’t know. I haven’t said anything about tomorrow being the day we have to check out, or that I have around $7 to my name.
I am asking for around $800 for a room and I will get right back out there to support my family. Without a doubt, it will be paid fwd once we get up again. We don’t have anyone left here, just us but we are alive, and that is a blessing.
I thank you for your time and wish good health, and peace for you and yours.