Thank you for anyone who takes the time to read this.
I am a twenty one year old University student and my family has recently undergone some hard times. Roughly seven months ago my mother was diagnosed with stage two Cholangiocarcinoma, or Bile Duct cancer. The doctor said she will be lucky to live two more years. The treatments have been extremely expensive and it has taken a toll on my family. My family includes my Stepfather, mom, younger brother, and myself.
To make matters worse shortly after my moms’ diagnosis my stepdad was laid off of his job due to budget cuts and has become extremely depressed. He has been looking for a higher paying job but hasn’t had any luck. I am trying to lend my family as much as I can but I live on my University campus and only have a part time job.
My parents have missed multiple mortgage payments and I know the bank is threatening to take our home away. While I don’t live at home I fear what will happen to my little brother and my mother if this would happen. We have received food donations from our local church to help us through this time in our lives but with my help and my stepdads unemployment checks we are barely able to cover the cost of my mom’s medical expenses.
Recently I have strongly considered the option of dropping out of school so I can take on full time work to further help my family. I know we still owe over $50,000 on our home. My mom is so sick that I haven’t been able to talk to her about finances and what we will do if we lose the house and my stepdad is so depressed about both his job and my mom that I fear he has almost lost all hope. I don’t want my younger brother to lose both our mom and his house and have to worry about high school.
This past week has opened my eyes even more to how close we are to losing everything. My parents have access to my bank account and when I went to go make a withdrawal my account was empty. I called my stepdad and he was crying apologizing saying that they just needed to borrow it so they could get some more food for the week and that he promised he would pay me back.
I go to sleep every night wondering how much more time I may have to spend with my mom but I feel like I barely see her because my stepdad and I can’t stop working to keep paying for the bills and house. I feel like I am losing any positivity I once had and that life is really testing me.
I don’t think I can put into words how much any help would do my family. Again thank you for even taking the time to read this and my family doesn’t know that I am even doing this but my little brother, stepdad, and my mother thank you also.