I am a single mother and college student with zero financial support.
My son is 15 and is an amazing Aspy and had to undergo major surgery on both legs and we also learned that he has scoliosis. I was forced to quit my job because I had to be home with him since he could not walk. I have applied for everything imaginable in search of financial help. I was denied unemployment and social security. I sold everything I own to keep up with bills. I have done odd jobs on upwork and fivrr, even paid surveys, but these jobs have amounted to maybe $100 total after endless hours of getting there.
I was anticipating an income tax refund, and it was to be my saving grace. The IRS decided to audit me this year and I have no idea how long this will last, so I cannot count on that.
I decided to go back to college when I found out I would have to stay home. I attend Purdue University Global and just entered my 6th term (I am enrolled in fast-track courses), and I have been on the Dean’s List, President’s List, and Chancellor’s List for each term.
I finally found a part-time job that works with my limited availability, but I do not start until next week. Even then, it will be enough income to cover rent and electric only.
I no longer have a car, my credit has plummeted, and my landlord wants the rest of last month’s rent in his account by tomorrow morning.
I am so tired of being so incredibly worried for over a year now. Every day I face some financial crisis that I have to scramble to solve.
I am proud, so asking for help is difficult, but I have begged to anyone who I thought could help point me in a direction to someone who can help. I have written letters to local, state and federal government members in search of some assistance. I have not received a response from any of them.
My son needs to see a therapist desperately because he has become depressed between the surgery, my financial hardship, and an unsuccessful attempt of us trying to contact his father who lives in London and chose not to be involved in his life.
I have no one in terms of family, friends or significant other because I have been stressed out and miserable and so incredibly stretched thin for far longer than a person can take.
I don’t know what happens when you give up, but it is looking like the only option left for me and it makes me ill to think of how close I am to achieving my goals. If by the grace of God, I can make it, I will have my degree in about ten months and will definitely be able to find work, as I have years of experience to go with it.
I would give anything to not have to worry about money for just a minute. It is destroying me. I am depressed. I am exhausted. I am ready to wave the white flag.
If I could just get as little as some encouragement from people in my life, I might be able to muster just enough fight to actually make it, but I am beginning to feel invisible.
I am not perfect or more deserving than anyone else, I am just a person who tries to do what’s right and who has been taking hit after hit after hit of bad news. I just cannot seem to catch a break no matter what I do.
I do not have a penny to my name and that is a feeling I know too well, but as a mother, I have found ways to make it work. I am out of ways. I have nothing left to give, trade, or sell, and now, since my credit has been destroyed, my name has become worthless.
Please help us.