Its hard to talk about some of this but you need to understand we have
always barely maintained so when disasters struck we were not prepared.
In 2007 While at work my husband’s chest starting hurting. He called me
immediately because he couldnt locate his supervisor. Explained the pain and
asked me what I thought. I hung up and paged his supervisor and got no
answer. Then called a friend he works with and asked him to take him to ER.
He did but only after making my husband walk up a steep hill to his vehicle.
ER stablized and sent him to Ar. Heart Hospital where they immediately
started working on him. After emergency bypass surgery we found out they had
lost my husband twice during surgery and he was lucky to be alive. He had
just “survived” the widowmaker.
He was never to work again and since he was only one working at the
time..things immediately got hard. But that was only the beginning.
6 months later I couldnt breath and my chest was hurting. Scared he rushed
me to the same AR. Heart hospital…only to find out I was in congestive
heart failure but…that wasnt the worse of it. They found a 10 cm tumor
that had grown out of my right lung and wrapped around my bronchi and aorta.
I was diagnosed with Extensive small cell lung cancer non-small cell lung
cancer and mixed cell. Attacked by 3 very different lung cancers they gave
me 6 months with treatment. i did the treatment and 3 yrs later I am still
alive. There are days I feel thats not such a good thing. Days where we have
no food no money and no hope. I am 10 months passed my 1 yr scans to see if
I am in still remission(doctors call me a miracle)but I am very sick. We
have no help. after my husbands disability pays first of the month we are
broke. WE cant afford all of our bills and we can usually buy enough
food..for about a week. that leaves us 3 weeks of doing without. I’ve
learned to grab napkins when i go to any store that offers them to customers
and save them for toilet paper. When I have food I make sure he and I only
eat half a serving so we have left overs next day. Have you seen grocery
prices? We are literally starving and according to our govt we make to much
money a month for food stamps. Now..we are behind on our house payment and 1
of our utilities(lights). water has been shut off and we have a water hose
running in to our next door neighbors utility room. I have lost over 50 lbs
and my poor husband is a skeleton. We desperately need help.