Hi! My names Ruby, I’m a 22-year-old girl In College struggling.
In the last few years I have been diagnosed with a few health issues that have made it hard for me to work a full-time job and stay in school..
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Bipolar disorder, complex PTSD, Chronic migraines, Arthritis in the neck, Tendonitis in my wrist, currently seeing a specialist to see if I have endometriosis and another specialist currently waiting to see if my blood work shows I have an autoimmune disorder. I see a therapist weekly and psychiatrist monthly along with monthly appointments with my PCP or any specialist follow up and I’m enrolled in school, so it has been very hard to keep a job since most don’t offer flexible schedules.
I’ve had to drop out of college in the past because I had to choose between bills and school/health, but it ended up making my health much worse and I ended up having to go to a behavior clinic and was on suicide watch for a few days due to the crippling anxiety and depression that led me to attempt suicide. This time around I really want to stay in school, I’m the first in my family to have made it this far.
I have been trying the past few months to catch up with my health and school and it hasn’t been easy especially the financial part. My parents have been kind enough to let me move back in and to pay my bills because they saw how bad my health had gotten, but they have their own financial problems and kids to care for, so it makes it harder for me to keep asking them for help. I have been looking nonstop everyday for at home jobs that don’t require much movement/in office training because the fibromyalgia has gotten so bad that too much moving around leaves me sore and arthritis in my neck makes it hard to sit too long it’s gotten so bad that at night I have so much pain I have to take strong pain meds that have messed up my liver in the past.
I’m trying so hard to stay in school and pay for schooling I started selling my clothes and shoes, I even have tried selling snacks such as cheesecake or cookies. I really don’t want to fall back into a bad place again.