Before i even start this paragraph I wanna thank everyone who is even taking the time to read this it may end up being long I’m going to try and dump my heart into it. Hard times fell onto our young family (which consists of myself Nathan 26, Tori my wife 27 and River our son who is 5 years old) when we decided to make the move from Cleveland Ohio to Seattle Washington. Our son was born with mild to severe autism and is 100 percent non verbal and has a hard time understanding basic communication. This was a huge part of the decision to move out here, Seattle has some of the most advanced autism programs for kids in the country. We knew the cost of living was going to be high but we thought the wage hikes would make up for it. So let me start by giving you a little background on me and my wife and how young river came about.
Tori and I became a couple when I was just eighteen years old and she was nineteen we were both still just what felt like dumb kids trying to figure out where we fit in the world. We both come from pretty messed up families and I think that’s what made us bond instantly. About six months after becoming a couple we got the very unexpected news that she was pregnant, neither of us believe in abortion for the most part so we figured we were gonna go through with this and give our son an upbringing filled with love compassion and understanding something we never really had. River was born on October 27 2013 (was suppose to be Halloween) at the Cleveland clinic. There was a lot of birth complications causing him to not be breathing for about thirty seconds when he was pulled out and we think may have caused brain damage resulting in his autism but that’s besides the point. Since that day our lives have been amazing even if we have gone through rough times financially waking up to river every morning makes it impossible to stress. Cleveland wasn’t able to provide what we thought was adequate therapies for our son so we researched for weeks on end trying to figure out where the best place for river to get the best care would be and we came to the conclusion that Seattle was the best option. So gathered up all of our savings and made the move kind of on a limb really. So I joined the laborers union as soon as we got out here and started doing flagging and general labor to pay our bills but work in the winter is few and far between and with bills being so high it’s hard to save enough money in the summer to make it through winter. For the last two years I’ve been able to barely scrape us by financially while tori takes care of river which has included therapy at least three days a week for the last two years. Well as of last month things got really tough I wasn’t able to pay my rent for the first time in my life and on Wednesday the transmission in our only car gave way and my roommate is saying it’s gonna be cheaper to buy an all new car. I had to take the bus to work the last two days which isn’t even an issue what’s killing us is right now our son is doing five days of intensive aba therapy a week and it’s forty minutes away. My wife was no way of getting him there without a car and we honestly don’t have a dime to our name until next Friday when I get paid but that’s gonna all have to go toward paying last months rent( it won’t even cover all of that). I don’t know how this works or if I’m suppose to state how much I’m looking for but I don’t feel comfortable doing that. We would sincerely appreciate anything anyone could give us even if it’s a couple dollars. I want to thank anyone who took the time to read this I know my writing skills are not good so it was probably hard to get through it all but it means a lot. Hope everyone’s having a blessed day and thank you again