For nearly 20yrs I was a stay at home mom to 3 beautiful children. I returned to school to receive my Psychology degree at the age of 29 and with 1 year left I was diagnosed with cancer. I did not want to give up, being so close to reaching a dream of mine and to show my kids that anything was possible. Instead of dropping out I took a leave of absence during the worst and had amazing professors while attending during the better days. This extended my 4yr degree and I ended up going for 5+yrs but in July of 2014 my family cheered me on as I walked across the stage to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology!
Within 6mos the student loan bills began rolling in.. Even more because of the extension. Around this time I also came Out of remission. I was very sick and unable to work. This would not have been so crucial except for the fact that I also began going through a divorce in 2015. I took on the quickest job I was able to get, which was an assistant manager of a dollar store but the pay was barely enough to keep my boys fed and a half decent roof over their heads and so I put off my loans and sometimes went without my medication.
4yrs later I am remarried and have recently had to quit that job to care for my father-in-law who has lung cancer as well as deal with complications from my own disease. None of this has or will keep my student loans from accumulating or my medication cost from adding up. My current husband works very hard but without a higher education of his own we do good to break even on our “everyday bills”. While I try to get my health and my father-in-laws health back on track I am in fear I have put too heavy of a financial burden on my husband. My medication alone is around $4,000 a year but it is not optional and although my student loans are not a financial emergency, the payments I attempt to make to avoid being in trouble do cut into our living expenses. If I can at least take a little of the burden off of my husband we can both focus on getting my health back on track so that I can finally follow my dream to help others face mental illness and in turn help my husband build a better life for our teen boys, daughter, and new granddaughter. I have a lot of pride so this is very difficult for me to post asking for assistance, but my love for my family outweighs anything else.