Would you feel clean after taking a bath in mold and mildew? Of course not. No matter the brand of soap (Dove, Dial, Irish Spring) you will never feel clean. My 8 year old daughter has to get shots every Tuesday because of this.
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.
"If you ask me is this where you thought you was gonna be at twenty-nine years old? No. There’s no way we should go through the things we go through, whether it be the faults of our parents, the system, whatever… When you have somebody who's trying to better themselves there should be people with compassion to help them and see them succeed… There’s something that can be done. The resources are there, the people are there, the money is there. Why is it not being used for what it can be used for?"
"I wish the city could see what I’m going through … I wish they could live in my place for a month and see what I go through when I have to go and look in my refrigerator [and think] oh, I can’t eat this right now. Or, why’d they cut me off from cash when we needed it? Why did the lower my food stamps? Why is my landlord being like this? I wish that they could see what I’m seeing…"
"You don’t want to say no if somebody comes and asks you for food and you have it. You want to give it to them. But then you want to say no, because what if my kids don’t have food to eat the next day?"
“When I go to the supermarket it’s uncomfortable. It’s at the cross between my neighborhood and another neighborhood and it’s just embarrassing to pull my Access card out. I feel like the other people in the line are just looking and judging, saying things…”