A year ago today, I had no idea where I would be at this moment. My husband and I had a perfect life from the outside looking in, however I began to grow increasingly concerned with his behaviors as I noticed that he seemed to be self medicating. Fast forward to April, he was fired from a wonderful job, too scared and embarrassed to tell me the truth and come home ( he was working out of state) and before I knew what was happening, had locked himself up in a motel room, drinking and gambling away our savings, leaving me with 5 beautiful children (3 under school age) and no way to care for them.
After many prayers and tears, once the money was gone, I was able to get him home and into treatment. Part of this journey included a 5 month separation, me going back to work full time (which ended up costing more than I was making after childcare and gas), and him taking any odd jobs he can find to make ends meet- which we still haven’t been able to do.
While I am so proud to say that he has now been sober with the help of a doctor and intensive outpatient treatment for almost 6 full months and our family is back under the same roof, I am worried sick, as we are about to be evicted from our home. Our landlord has been wonderful to work with us and allowed us to make late payments the last 3 months ( after over a year of living here, and even paying early many months) however, we are now behind $750 for this month and still have not paid the $100 in late fees from November. The only vehicle which holds all of our children is up for repossession, and our water and electricity are schedule for disconnect on 12/16 and 12/23, with a special needs child who has a surgery scheduled for 12/30. The children have medicaid and we do receive state assistance for food, however, in order to bring all outstanding bills current, we are still lacking approximately $1800. We have cut out any and all unnecessary expenses, and it is so frustrating to still not be able to make it.
It is my hope that someone will help us get back up on our feet, and that one day we will be able to pay it forward. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.