Hi, I have never asked for help with money, but I’ve always believed if you need help ask for it, so I’m going to tell you my story and ask for your assistance.
I’ve been a caregiver for the past 6 years for my elderly grandparents. Throughout the years I have had help come and go. I’ve spent years caring for them 24/7 by myself by age twenty-three. In 2014 I was in a car accident that left me with a lot of pain in my neck and migraines, I spent two years going through the motions the insurance companies put you through, seeing all kinds of doctors and therapist all while being the sole caregiver of my grandparents I could not find anyone reliable to show up or do the work so for two years I juggled doctors visits and being there for my grandparents finally I said enough it was all too stressful and not helping me, I was still in pain and could not stop working, I had lost a lot of weight and people were asking if I was sick, I received a little money for the damage to my car and that was that.
It’s been a hard road caring for my family I’ve experienced emotions I didn’t know I could, I’ve spent sleepless nights in the hospital then started the next day as though I’ve had a good nights rest, and I’ve sat in my car many times crying my eyes out because my brain is just so full of cluster and emotions. But I wouldn’t change or take back anything I’ve sacrificed to make their life as comfortable and loved as possible. Back in October they had an evaluation from the state to evaluate the hours I am paid to care for my grandparents, my hours were dropped so low that I only receive $400 a month now. Normally this wouldn’t be a big problem most people just get another job, however I only have certain time frames I can work because I must be available for when the other caregivers hours are up she leaves on the dot, and my grandmother does not understand that my grandfather cannot get up to get her things because he can fall again. So I must be here to assist with their daily needs. I have tried helping myself by applying to jobs that may work around my schedule to help my grandparents, I haven’t received any call backs even after checking on my applications. I think it might be because I don’t have a diploma or GED, I dropped out of school at seventeen to care for my grandparents and that’s all I’ve done since. To try to help my situation I’ve signed up for GED classes that start in July. I’ve turned in cans, done small jobs that I can easily stop if an emergency arises with my grandparents and I’ve even trickled away my savings. I finally applied for unemployment only to be denied because I still have hours for my grandparents. I’m trying my best in a time that has become more tough everyday. Some days I feel like I’m drowning in my thoughts trying to figure out how I’m going to pay my bills while keeping a smile so no one knows I’m falling apart. Now we are dealing with Covid and I spent the last few months trying to keep my grandma and grandpa safe from something that threatens to take them away, then came the riots which became a fear of people breaking in, I had to think about how I would protect them from harm when I had never even used a gun. I’ve cried so much these past few months from the overwhelming threats that seem to keep coming. I’m stressed and at this point I’m just trying to focus on the things I can control, So I’m asking for help to keep me afloat while I keep trying for a job that will work with me and take some of the worry away so I can focus on studying for my GED to open pathways for a future I am proud of. I plan to become a real estate agent once I get my GED and save money for the course. I feel this is a good job that allows me freedom of time incase I am needed by my grandparents.
Thank you for reading, your help makes an impact on my life and future no matter how small everything adds up and helps ease the stress that ways heavy on my heart.