I have never done this in my life. I had a kid at a early age. I have never been happier and prouder of any other moment. It took years for me to find a career job without a post high school degree. My son was diagnosed with autism a couple years back when he was 7, adding to the diagnosis of hypotonia when he was 2. My son is funny,loving and a caring child with melt downs at certain moments.
We became in debt with loans to help pay our credit cards, medical bills and helping to get my son a service job. All the bills piled up and loans helped cover loans. I got hired on at the post office as a CCA in 2014 as a mail carrier. I worked 60hrs and 6 days a week while taking care of a autistic child. I became a career worker in may of 2015 and thought my world was finally going to be debt free. I was forced as a career worker to be pushed into a terrible post office that seniority workers transfer out of.
Our son had a lot of issues in elementary school getting kicked out and the stress of leaving work to get him was weary. I dreaded seeing the phone ring during the day knowing I would have to ask my boss to leave only to get denied. I ended up getting FMLA and thought this was golden.
We were working on helping my son through IEP meetings, helping the local school change their thoughts on autism. We were taking him to doctors and also doing programs with him. All this and I was slowly paying off the loans at the time of $50,000. I felt like a burden was being lifted.
One day my boss “Todd” came up to me and said it wasn’t fair how many day of FMLA I get. I told him I didn’t set how many days I had as it was the doctor and HR. Todd would harass me about it and I would document it and give it to my union steward. Nothing ever came of it.
I got fired for a picture taken of me downtown when my son was in the bathroom by Todd. My union sued saying my son was there(which he was) and fought for my job. The arbitrator believed my boss over my union and I saying I had no proof he was there. I said my boss never confronted me or asked to see my son which I would of done. My boss snapped a couple pictures from far away in seconds and left.
Now, I have $42,000 in loans and I’m struggling to keep my cheap apartment and I am going to get sued for the loans I owe. The stress is wearing on me and my son doesn’t want to leave the only place he remembers. I’m asking for help.
I will update everyone who wants updated that donates. I have 2 weeks to get $42,000 or we will lose everything.