Best laid plans . . . . was not for me to be the last one standing alone in debt.
it was for my husband, sister and myself to spend our senior years enjoying each other’s company. We had savings, we would be able to live comfortably and enjoy the fruits of our labor. The universe had other plans for us.
When my husband got sick, I continued to work so my health insurance would cover his medical but hiring someone so I could work ate away at our savings. Then my sister developed an unexpected medical condition. I tried to continue to work and hire someone to be with her during the day but again, it ate away at the savings until the savings were gone, it didn’t make sense for me to continue. I was able to be by her side until she passed from her illness.
I went back to work but COVID had other ideas. Then I found out I had stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. I started chemo, then lumpectomy surgery, then radiation and another round of chemo. Chemo brain is real.
The debt I have incurred trying to stay afloat has caused great stress. I can’t get a rental because my credit score is low. I have been staying in abnb type rentals but it is difficult. I have two well behaved dogs but it’s not always easy to find accommodations willing to take pets. Vet bills for the past 2 months have been around $2000. One had an ear infection, it needed prescriptions and then both needed to update their shots etc.
Do I pay the medical bills? Do I get prescriptions for myself and the dogs filled? I live a very frugal lifestyle. It got to the point that I could no longer make payments on the cards. I have tried to do delivery work but then my car engine light came on. I paid $1200 to get it fixed but now the engine light is on again, apparently, it’s a new problem. I just can’t keep up.
I have always been the one offering help. Now I need help. You never know when your plans will fall apart. Thank you for your kindness and understanding.