At the age of 38, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I know that I should be preparing healthier meals for my family. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive. Now I must find creative ways to cook healthier. Sadly, another daily struggle.
My son ran into some furniture at daycare and hit his head. I was notified that he was bleeding and that an ambulance was transporting him to the hospital. I was so worried as I rushed to meet them at the hospital. Once he was bandaged and feeling better, I started calculating the hospital bills that I would have to pay out of pocket. I am still fighting a $400 ambulance bill to this day. Again, I am “over income” for medical assistance for my son, but I struggle to pay for medications and co-payments.
"Come leave your world just for one week and live in my world. Tell me how you're going to make it and survive-- how emotionally you're going to keep yourself together. To day-by-day look at your kids and tell them, 'I don't have any money to take you to the store.' Or, 'We're eating Oodles of Noodles today because the food stamps didn't last.'"
“There are some benefits. They provide your children with vaccinations, things that they can’t get in third world countries, things that we take for granted… they can take care of me medically but the rest of me is just dangling out there, hanging on a rope...”