hi, I’m a first year graduate student in a NY based medical school. I’m the first person in my family to graduate college and I want to be an oncologist. Growing up things were really uncertain in life because my father was not around and my mother has struggled with substance abuse my entire life. Recently, she had a seizure due to alcohol withdrawal and many medical complications which followed. While I was at school she allowed her health insurance to lapse, and so instead of paying for tuition on payment plan, I’ve been paying her medical bills, and can barely afford them. I have two jobs on top of school and am seriously facing having to drop out because of these financial issues. I’ve always wanted to see the positive even in situations that are trying, but I just don’t see a way out of this. My bank account is regularly overdrawn and I owe back bills for school, life and my mother’s medical expenses. My last hope is maybe the kindness of strangers. It’s sad to feel like you got so far and have to give in, but I’m also sure I would t be the first person to have to drop out of med school because of high costs. Also, my mother has been to rehab in the past but refuses to go again. We have a strained and difficult relationship and I’ve tried to manage or cure her illness many times. At this point I feel hopeless about that too. But she’s still my mom and I can’t just let her sit under all of this debt or worse, not try and get her medical care. I don’t have much but I’ve looked through some other campaigns here and donated a few dollars, maybe if we all pay it forward even a little bit everyone can end up where they need or want to be. Thank you.