Hello my name is Rachel, thank you for taking the time to read this. I am 19 years old working as a baker, living in an apartment with my boyfriend who works at a factory. Right now we are drowning.
My whole life I have suffered from depression and anxiety. I have medical debt due to many doctors visits because of this. About 6 months ago I stopped being able to afford my anti-depressant medication. Then ahout 3 months ago, I had a breakdown. I stopped my medicine cold turkey, and it messed with me very badly. I had to go inpatient at a hospital for about a week. It did get me started on my medicine again, but also added thousands of dollars of even more medical debt. And on top of that I lost my job because I was forced to go inpatient. My new job as a baker is decent but I just started which means that for the last 2 and a half months, my boyfriend was the only source of income. I tried to find a job within that time but couldn’t find one until just recently. He has his own debt and since he had to pay my bills for those almost 3 months, he has had to not pay certain bills just to pay rent and utilities to keep a roof on our head and electricity running. He has done so much and worked all the overtime he can but me not having income at that time set us back far. We both have car payments and I’m afraid one of our cars will be taken soon. Starting a new job, it takes a few weeks to get a paycheck, but I don’t know if we have that long. I hate asking for handouts, but I’m not sure where else to go from here. It’s hard keeping food in the fridge and it has affected our relationship terribly. I will soon be making money again but it’s just not soon enough for us to be able to make it. I am really trying to get my life on track, working through depression and staying on my medication, and this will set me back so far if we lose our cars or apartment. Even if we just lose the cars and not the apartment, we won’t be able to drive to work to keep an apartment.
I know my story is not the worst it could be, but we both don’t have anyone or anything to fall back on, family included. If you could find it in your heart to help us out during this rough time I would be eternally greatful. Thank you again for taking the time to read this.