Hello:) I hope you are doing well.
My name is Alannah, I’m a 4th-year university student in Canada (age between 20-24). I came across this site and was very grateful it exists… This past year has been the most difficult of my life. Even though these things are quite personal, I guess I’ll go ahead and share everything with you:)
Before I tell my story, I want to share a little about who I am and what my life looks like:) I’ve lived with my mom (single mom) and my brother since the age of 5. We were never completely broke, but we were never thriving either. But I was always content:) To be upfront but not too specific, my mom makes well under 35-40 thousand a year. This meant that we were blessed in many ways with love, but did not (and still don’t) have the same privileges as others do. No fun family vacations to Disneyland, Florida etc., no camp. No going to the mall with my parents to get me 100$-200$ worth of clothes, or other things.
I remember a time when we had little to eat and our house at the time had many problems that we couldn’t afford to fix right away. During that time we had to take cold showers (which drastically improved the time I took in the shower ;) 40 mins down to 5 mins!! Amazing! lol). At that point, my mom was working 3 jobs to made ends meet. We’ve had little struggles like that. I started working before the age of 15, wanting to buy my own things because there were many many things I couldn’t have. Since the age of 15 (when I could be paid minimum wage), I’ve been buying my own clothes, furniture for my room (I remember my first big purchase was a queen mattress for 1000$… it was an amazing feeling!!), school supplies (my mom kindly helped me by buying the basics), cell phones, cell phone plans, laptops for university, my first car (a rusty 2006 Kia for 2000$ lol!! But I love it! :) ) and all my tuition fees for university (which is the source of my large amount of debt lol… but I’m not too worried because once I get a job it can be paid back…! Basically what I’m saying here is that I’ve never “had it made”, you know? Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with my life:) But it’s just to give you an idea of my family’s financial situation throughout my life. So here we go with my story!
- Almost a year ago, I found out my partner wasn’t being loyal to me… I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but if it has, you understand… It broke me as a person. My life has gone downhill from that moment.
- About 4.5 months ago, I was hospitalized for mental health problems such as depression and suicide (things like cutting, etc…). I was put on 3 kinds of medications. Since that time, I have not been working. I had 2 jobs as a waitress before this happened. I was strongly advised not go back to work (along with a full course load) in order to prevent a relapse.
- Sometimes, life throws everything at you at once to perhaps make you stronger… Because while I was in hospital, I learned that my older brother has brain cancer (tumor in his brain). It’s called low-grade type 2 glioma, to be exact. I worry about him every single day…
- During my most recent Christmas break, things were going much better with my depression. Much much better:) I started my new semester in January back on my feet and was ready to take on the world!:) I was planning to start working again. In my program, we must take some sports for school credit. I took skiing, and it involved going on a ski trip during the start of the semester! I was so excited because skiing is one of my favorite sports. However, two days before our return to school, I was night skiing with my friends. Next thing I knew, I collided VERY hard with another skier, I ended up on my back and all I could do was try to breathe. My head, neck and ribs were hurting badly. I was quickly able to breathe normally, but I couldn’t get up or sit up. I was then taken by ambulance to the hospital. The event is still pretty fuzzy. I was told I have a concussion and whiplash. I tried going to my lectures after resting for a few days. But as hard as I tried, my symptoms were so bad I could not keep up with school… I went to see another doctor in my city. He said I absolutely shouldn’t be in school for the next 2 weeks. And here I am now, typing this (even though it’s making my eyes and head ache quite badly… lol) but I hope it’s worth it. Obviously, this means I can’t go back to work like I had planned. My funds are getting very low, I have bills to pay and I’m getting quite scared… I want to recover completely from my concussion, but I can’t be broke either… so I guess I’ll have no choice but to go back to work soon if I don’t get better quickly… I’m quite desperate… I even checked out a sugar daddy website!!! But nooooo thank you, that is not for me……..
If you’ve read this far, thank you very much:) I know people can say absolutely anything on these sites, so if you’re interested in helping me out, I have all medical documents to support my story, if you need.
I want and plan to be a doctor (most likely a naturopath). I will push and persevere until I achieve this dream. I absolutely love helping others, it gives me this amazing thrill of joy and happiness. I try to hand out Care Kits to the homeless in my city as much as I can afford. When I get to say hello to them and give them a kit, sometimes it feels like my heart is going to explode with happiness!! I want to make a decent amount of money later on, in order to help those who need it the most. (So if you happen to be deciding between helping me or helping someone who is homeless, please help the person who is homeless!!!)
Thank you again for reading my story:) I wish you lots of love and happiness.
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