Archive for December, 2007

Married with Children

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I am a stepmother of 2 teenagers. I have not yet reached my 30th birthday, and have been diagnosed with cancer. Through many tests, follow-ups, and specialist referrals, plus the gas prices, it has drained us financially and spiritually. My husband has had MRSA and had to get costly antibiotics. Now, I have a sore that resembles MRSA like my husband's. Now I will have to go to the doctor, be charged for tests, and get temporary antibiotics until the results come back, thus costing me more to get a stronger anitbiotic. I suffer from chronic bronchitis, though I quit smoking recently, due to my cancer diagnosis. Every winter, I get bronchitis in the worst way. Arthritis kicks in about this time, too. My husband is out of work due to injury, and been rejected for disability. We have no income or health insurance. My stepson pays our bills. That is embarassing.

Beth R., Raleigh, NC

Single Parent

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I am a single parent. I have a kidney disease, applied for disability, been denied, and been on donor list for over a year. I have no medical insurance due to limited job openings since Katrina. I was doing temp work for landscaping, but due to the weather I was unable to work. I am trying to get a job at one of the casinos, and am waiting to hear back from someone. Nowadays, it is hard and nearly impossible due to rising gas prices and health care to afford much of anything, let alone travel some distance to work, since I live out in the country.

Gloria R., Biloxi, MS

Single Parent

Monday, December 31st, 2007

I am a single parent. I have a kidney disease, applied for disability, been denied, and been on donor list for over a year. I have no medical insurance due to limited job openings since Katrina. I was doing temp work for landscaping, but due to the weather I was unable to work. I am trying to get a job at one of the casinos, and am waiting to hear back from someone. Nowadays, it is hard and nearly impossible due to rising gas prices and health care to afford much of anything, let alone travel some distance to work, since I live out in the country.

Gloria R., Biloxi, MS

Fibromyalgia

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

I have fibromyalgia and am on many medications that barely take the edge off the pain. I have to continue to work to pay bills, which I do at home on a computer. I would never been able to hold a job outside the home. With the normal monthly bills we all have and the medical and prescription costs, it makes it very difficult for most of us to make ends meet. Any help I can get is so greatly appreciated.

Sandy M., Midland, MI

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Thursday, December 27th, 2007

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