My name is Irene. First and foremost, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my story.
I am 57 years old ad the mother of five grown children; my youngest is 19. During my 23 years of marriage, I worked a full-time job, as well as a part-job. I filed for divorce in 2003 and raised my children alone and on my own,
I worked my way up from being a reception in a law firm by working late and attending seminars, as well as o the job training, and eventually became a paralegal. I also attending classes on the weekends and after 8 weeks, obtained a certification as a nursing assistance. I was offered a job as a PCA at a hospital. For 6 year I have worked two full-time jobs and could finally support myself all on my own.
This summer, I was involved in a terrible car accident. I sustained severe bruising to my left arm and rotator cuff, injury to my right knee, injuries to my neck and upper back, as well a traumatic brain injury. To make things worse, my neurologist referred me to a neuo-optic specialist due to severe headaches and nausea, and I was told my left eye is not functioning nor is focusing in conjunction with my right eye which is making it hard for me to see correctly. There is hope in fixing this problem and I am praying for the same.
I have been unable to work and have been living on $325.00 per week (short-term disability). I have exhausted all of my 401k monies and I am now finding myself with no monies to pay rent, food, and utilities.
I was to begin school this coming year for a licensed nurse, and have not been told that I will not be able to do so if I cannot pay the $350.00 owed from a class I was unable to complete due to my accident.
At this, point I am facing eviction, as well as possibly having to seek new employment due to the fact that I may physically not be able to work as a PCA due to my injuries.
I often find myself crying at times feeling sorry for myself. I no longer have a car or the funds for a new down payment for a vehicle that runs. I have always very hard and have taken time to help others. Last year, I bought gifts for a family and their children, I also provide an entire turkey dinner. I try to do things because I was in a better place in life after suffering a marriage involving domestic violence, drugs and alcohol.
There are some many people worse off than I am. I believe in paying it forward and I am hoping that there are others out there who believe in it too. Thank you again for taking the time to read my story.