I am originally from Brazil and I still believe that are good people out there willing to help others when going through hardship because I did that when I was able to. I had a great job three years ago when I came to this country on a work visa. In 2017, my dad got cancer in Brazil and my brother was also going through a delicate herniated disc surgery at the same time. I always struggled with Bipolar Disorder type I and not being able to stay at one job for more than 2-3 years once I had major episodes from the disease or the side effects of medications was interfering in my every day work routine. At that time with so much stress from my family back home and from my job, I had a major depressive episode and no medication was able to hold it well. I took a leave of absence from work (FMLA -12 weeks) and went back home (BRAZIL) to get treatment with my psychiatrist and therapist who already knew my case for years. After 12 weeks of being treated and helping my dad with Chemotherapy and its side effects and my brother with his surgery, I was much better but not 100% better. I was ready to go back to work as I had to pay for my bills. Little did I know, when my ex boss called and said my position in the company was extinguished and that they no longer needed me. I was literally fired under FMLA. I did not want to enter the legal battle as I was given a great opportunity to come to this country. However, I was left with many unpaid bills, medical bills from the hospitals at that time. I came back to the US on a tourist visa with no JOB to try to settle my bills and see what I could do in order to pay credit card bills, medical bills etc. I could not get any loans since I have no job. I am still struggling to find a job that does not require too much of me since I have my limitations due to this disease, side effects of medications and episodes. I have a daughter in Brazil that I support I am a single mom as well. If there are any of you out there reading this cry for help letter, who can relate to my financial struggle, having felt any discrimination for having a mental health problem, having no one else to turn to, please help me go through this part of my life. God Bless you all!
My total Debt is $2500.