I am an incoming sophomore at the University of Louisville, and this is my life: I come from a broken home that often struggled to make ends meet. My mother was a drug addict and heavy alcoholic, which made her emotionally and physically abusive to me and my siblings. She surrounded herself with dangerous men who were also addicts, putting my life in danger many times. We lived in my grandmother’s basement for a long time since my mother blew $80k on drugs, cars, alcohol, and God-knows-what-else. My father was gone during this time in the Iraq War, and didn’t come back until several years later when my mother kicked him on the streets. My father suffered from severe PTSD and this indirectly caused him to be abusive to me and my siblings too. My sister and I became suicidal, and she has ended up in hospitals all over the country as a result. Today, I still have to learn to manage my own afflictions: depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Finally, after years of hardship and struggle, I moved out of the house and started college. I was working for UPS to pay for college, but within a month of working there I injured my back. Campus doctors recommended that I quit unless I wanted to end up in the hospital, and now I can barely do anything without my back constantly in pain or limiting my movements. Furthermore, despite my 4.0 GPA in high school, my college still didn’t offer me half of my tuition and fees in a scholarship. So, I had to pull out the biggest loans possible to pay for my school.
I’m at a crossroads. My back disallows me from work, and I can’t afford my college. I can’t believe after all those years of hell, I may not be able to go through with even earning a degree. So here I am–asking you kindly for any help you may be able to provide to me.
Any amount is something. Please. If I can’t pay for my next semester, I will likely drop out. I appreciate any help you are willing to give. Thank you.
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