Thursday, June 9, 2011

Financial Armageddon

My financial armageddon has come. I've been slowly slipping into debt with my medications that are over and above what I bring in in a month along with housing and feeding my sons and I. I've done everything I can to keep us afloat and am happy to say I just managed to get back to work. The back to work transition went smoothly enough but there have been some extra costs like work clothes, paying for parking etc. That along with a son graduating has put me under. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to cut off my internet in a couple of days unless I can figure something out.

I know I'm not much different than anyone getting through these tough times but my circumstances have been extreme. Just because we escape cancer with our lives doesn't mean we escape all the aftermath. I've tried so hard, to be a good mother and to take care of my financial responsibilities. I want nothing more than to pay down my debts and be able to get ahead one day. I'm not sure if I'll ever get the opportunity. I escaped near homelessness 2 years ago but have run out of options now. Getting well enough to get back to work has been my focus but I'm still only able to work a very limited amount. It's just too little, too late.

My resourcefulness has finally hit a brick wall.


Anonymous said...

I wanted to tell you I can relate to how hard it is for sick people to get ahead. It feels like poverty and illness go hand in hand. I am in a similar situation (not cancer, but brain tumors) and I too have had to face homelessness. I am so sorry you have to go through this. It really makes me angry that our government (i'm in the US, i know you're in Canada) does not support people, but instead just throws people away and allows them to suffer like this.

You're in my thoughts.

Caroline said...

Well crap or any other word you want to insert. I can understand. I am lucky in that I am married to a man with good health insurance and even then it is financially tight. My earnings with part time work are approximately 30% of what they were before. I cant work more - not just because of cancer but because of other health issues. Why arent there more support systems for us? F*ck cancer.

Little Time Wasters said...

This just sucks so much. I'm not sure the financial situation would be much better if you were in the UK, although I'm pretty sure you would qualify for social housing, and you certainly wouldn't pay for any medication (we do have prescription charges, but certain conditions like cancer are excluded from them).

My thoughts are with you and I hope the new job goes well.

Ann aka ButDoctorIHatePink said...

I'm so sorry you are having problems. Hopefully, once you get a few paychecks under your belt you'll catch up. Maybe you can find an affiliate program on your blog - or google ads might bring you some income or something like that. I'm sure your regular readers won't mind.

Robin said...

I've been reading your blog for a long time and am always uplifted by your fierce spirit. Is there some way a fellow human can help you out financially? I would like to. No kidding.
---A Granma in New England

Dawny said...

Just so sad to hear this news.

Atrocious that you have to fend for yourself treatment wise.

people in the UK continually whine about our NHS, they should read your blog, them dare to complain.

I hope there is light at the end of the tunnel. I really do.

Always in my thoughts


BaldyLocks said...

I don't pay for any of my treatment. I do have to pay for some of my medications that deal with the after effects that I live with. Being unable to work for such a long time is what is burying me. My sons still need to be taken care of and this hole we are in just keeps getting bigger. It's just a terrible situation. It's no ones fault, we have received much help from many sources but things are stacked against me.

I believe that everyone does their best and I know I do. We can't really change the fact that life is just a big random selection of experiences and luck. I have worked as hard as anyone else and yet here I am. Sometimes even living in one of the best places on Earth isn't enough.

I will always be thankful that I live in Canada where no one denies me treatment. I get all the best services. Getting cancer at 32 and all the other things that have happened are just unfortunate. All the preplanning I did in my life was not enough to get me through a 5 year unemployment gig.

Thank you all for your concern. I have one avenue left and am pursuing it. Maybe keep your fingers crossed for me?

hockeychic said...

fingers crossed and sending good thoughts your way.