I'm a single mother to a baby boy who was born at only 26 weeks in January 2009. I became ill with pre eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. He stayed in the hospital for 4 months. I lost my job when that happened and it's pretty much been downhill from there. I am now employed, yet underemployed. I only make $7.25 an hour and the hours have been scare to non existent since the new year started. I haven't worked since a few days before Christmas. The unemployment I was receiving was barely keeping us afloat, but I exhausted my benefits almost a year ago. My son gets SSI since his prematurity is classified as a disability, but the $360.00 per month goes on pampers, food, and clothing for him alone.
My child's father was working full time and a part time job, but he got laid off from the full time job. Shortly after our son was released from the hospital, I asked him to move out because he had become increasingly verbally and emotionally abusive towards me. I was already so stressed-I couldn't take anymore.
I filed Chapter 13 to get some kind of relief from the financial hell I'm in. I know times are hard, but there has to be help for me and people in the same boat I'm in. I'm so stressed! I'm struggling to care for my son and I feel like a failure. My blood pressure is through the roof. I go to a local low cost clinic and my doctor has put me on meds for Hypertension. This is no way to live. I'm trying so hard, but not getting anywhere.