I am a single mother of two. My daughter was diagnosed with INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASE (ILD) and PULMONARY HEART DISEASE last year after being treated for ASTHMA for 5 years, which she never had. The day she got admitted into hospital is when they told us that she had perforated lungs and also had cysts on both lungs. That very night one of her lungs collapsed and they had to put tubes in to drain the air that she had. She ended up staying in hospital for 3 months and had to have a lung operation. She now uses oxygen at home all the time. Since all this happened, I haven’t been able to work full time. I also have a son who is training to be a pilot. He had to stop his course abruptly because I cannot afford to pay his fees anymore. I am working part time because I am looking after my daughter. Going for hospital appointments is a challenge because we have to use taxis because my daughter can’t walk far as she gets extremely breathless. I cannot afford to buy a car with the wages that I’m on. I am therefore asking for help to pay for my son’s course and any help to look after my daughter. I’ve always worked full time and looked after my children single handedly. I just don’t know who to turn to for this.
Thank you all for taking time to read my story.