I have to say, this was a difficult letter to write… My name is Marie-Josée, I was born into a military family, and therefore married into it after high school. I am hard-working mother of 2.a 27-year-old daughter and 23-year-old son, and a grandmother of two.
I am lucky to have survived a terrible accident as a teen, while my father was stationed in Germany, I was run over by a beer truck. The short version the doctors wanted my parents to sign the papers for my organs as I was being kept alive for that purpose. Somehow I pulled out. After two years and many surgeries later I’m here even gave birth to two children, even though I was told I could never go to full-term. I fused two discs and needed them removed Due to the pregnancies, but it was worth it!
My marriage after high school lasted 23 years, after eight tours of duty, he was diagnosed with PTSD. It was hard on our kids and myself. our last six years of marriage was full of verbal and mental abuse on all of us and I couldn’t take it anymore.
After my divorce I worked many jobs to make ends meet. I was lucky to find full-time work at Via Rail in 2015, it’s a wonderful place to work, and I get to help people every day! I truly believe in my heart that I can do much more to help.
I’m now 47 and I have always worked hard, never asking for help And always helping others. I find myself in a strange place doing this today…
My worry is my home… It’s an older home built in 1916 I love it! I’ve been trying to bring it back to life room by room even making the furniture! With the help of my best friend, it’s slowly coming together.
My best friend is a wonderful man with two children of his own whose mother abandon them at a young age, I’ve open my heart and my home to them, and treat them as my own.
Unfortunately their father can’t work due to disability and mental illness… So I get up at three every day for work to make the long drive, and take care of everything, thank goodness I’m organized! Lol.
my worry is the electricity we noticed it’s knob and tube, the inspectors missed it when checking the house. The power upstairs is out we’ve used an extension cord and Christmas lights for the past four years to light the hallway. I was told it would be around 20,000.00 And the middle of my home is being held up with pieces of wood on wood. I’ve been quoted between 7 and 8 thousand… What I make covers the basics. (mortgage car payment, food and bills etc) I’m OK with always working hard… Just afraid I can’t save the kind of money needed to fix this before something happens!
If ever get lucky enough to be able to help others the same way you can I most definitely will it’s what I’ve always ask God to let me be able to do.
I never knew this kind of help existed till nine months ago. Took me this long to finally sit down and write this. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for hearing my story today.
thank you for Your time.