My name is Justine. I am 20 years old.
3 years ago I met an amazing person. He was always kind to me, and
he was always supportive. He helped me after I had been sexually
abused, and assaulted by an ex-boyfriend of mine.
8 months ago I found out that he was homeless. I thought so highly
of him that I wanted to offer my help. I offered him a place to
stay and food to eat. At the time I was working a well paying job.
I was injured on the job and my employer refused to comply with the
doctors orders which stated that I was not to be working under such
conditions. As a result I was no longer able to perform my job
duties, and I could no longer work.
Since this guy has come to stay with me I have discovered that he
is mentally unwell. He needs me to take care of him. I feel like I
have the entire world on my shoulders. I am responsible for:
- Paying all of the bills
(even though I have been unable to work a regular job) - I do this
by doing odd jobs, but it is never enough.
- Making sure that we have enough to eat.
- Cooking three meals a day
- I am responsible for all housework.
- I bathe him
- I make sure that he takes his medications
- I feed him
- I pay for his prescriptions
- I make sure that he has clean clothes
_ I call for refills on his presciptions
- I have to drive 30 miles away to get his mail
I do everything for him because he is unable to do these things on
his own. I am now $6,000 in debt. I do not know how I am going to
pay the bills next month. This person sacrificed so much for me. I
want people to help me. I cannot keep doing this all on my own. I
walk around with a heavy heart because I am responsible for so
much. I don't even feel like I am twenty anymore. I feel like I am
a hundred years old. I feel like I am going to break. Please out of
the kindness of your heart, help me get back on my feet. I've shown
so much kindness to others, I hope that others will show it to me.