Sometimes I wonder how my path ended me up here. Have I made mistakes? Of course. Have I had regrets? I try not to. It seems that I’ve been dealt a card that says I need a challenging life and it’s ok. One day, things will get better. So where to begin? In 2017 I was diagnosed with Depression/Anxiety. I was working for USPS at the time and I thought it would be best to leave because of the stress and triggers it caused. I started getting better. I was CONVINCED it was situational depression. I don’t need to say what happened next. We all know how 2020 was. The best option for employment was to go back to USPS. Fast forward to the end of 2021 and my Depression/Anxiety came back with a vengeance. It was different. It was more severe and it put me in a mental health hospital for 8 days. I had Depression/Anxiety listed as a disability. It was not enough of a disability for USPS and when I got better, came back, and was slowly getting back on my feet, they gave me a Notice of Removal for my absences even though I provided all the documentation including Dr’s notes, diagnosis and the hospital paperwork. In other words, they fired me anyways. I filed EEOs and contacted ADA but to no avail. I lost my EEO and the ADA won’t touch it. I had been slowly getting back on my feet. I had a better diagnosis and a better doctor. My medication has been working and I am handling my emotions and focusing! Now I am unemployed and have been applying to anything and everything. I just moved into a new place that was less than a mile from work because my car is on its last leg and I don’t like using it more than I have to. Well. Now that I have no job and trying to travel to job interviews across this huge city, my car naturally decided to die (It’s a 2007 KIA and I can’t afford a new Clutch). I am stuck at home and limited to applying to WFH jobs and I haven’t gotten a single bite! All while trying to remain optimistic and control my anxiety. I’m doing some odd end things online while working on getting my Digital Marketing certificate from Google Grow. I guess what I’m trying to say is, despite my diagnosis, being let go, and losing my car, I need a little help to get back on my feet. Rent is coming up and my loans are about to default which will greatly affect my chance of getting a decent new car as it costs more to fix my current car than it is worth in the Kelly Blue Book. You may be wondering, where is my family and friends to support me? They helped me cover my living costs and medical bills while I was out of work during the peak of my illness. I can’t ask them again. So here I am, asking for help from kind hearted strangers. I am working so hard to get back on my feet and continue to get to a place where I am happy, healthy, and secure. If anyone can help so I can pay rent and pay off my loans (they’re almost paid off!), get myself a car to get to interviews, to help me work DoorDash, etc it would help. I will not give up if you have faith in me! I have always believed that if someone helps you, you should always help another and I hope to one day be able to pay it forward.