Dreams On Hold

It started with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. That was a blow because at the same time I was learning of this diagnosis, I was also going through fertility treatments. We were lucky to get pregnant. But once my daughter turned 4, things went down hill fast.

I would have never imagined I would be in the situation I am currently in! I have always worked hard and always determined to have a good life. And for many years I was lucky to have a job I loved, a beautiful home, a beautiful daughter and a loving husband. But in the last 10 years life has become increasingly more difficult.

In the first 3 months of 2013, I lost my dad due to Pancreatic cancer, I lost the job of 11 years I loved and my husband asked for a divorce for the 1st time after 15 years of marriage. The only postive to come from that year is I went back to school to get my Master’s degree. Although I ended up graduating, I have been hard pressed to find a job.

Things didn’t get much better by 2017. The husband postponed the divorce after we both went through personal development training. For about a year things were good. But the relationship wouldn’t survive.

By 2017 the husband asked for a divorce for a second time. My credit sucks so I had to look for an apartment, but before any of that I had to find a job. I had been looking for years. But because I didn’t have much experience after completing my Master’s degree I wasn’t getting hired, so I work part time and I do some virtual work to make ends meet.

During all this I was contacted by a local reporter. The local paper is doing a series on people who are still struggling despite an upswing of jobs in the area. The story was published this past weekend. My story doesn’t hold a candle to any of the other stories. So mamy people are struggling worse than I am. It really puts my circumstances in perspective.

As much as I want a home for my daughter. As much as I want a full time job, as much as I want relief from my health issues, I can’t help but think of the other people in the story that have it much worse than me. All I want to do is help them.

Like me, their dreams are on hold. None of us that were interviewed ever imagined we would be struggling like we are.

Don’t take anything for granted! Enjoy everything each day to the best of your ability because one day it could all be gone!!

Below is a link to the story I referenced.

https://www.cincinnati.com/in-depth/news/the-long-hard-road/2019/03/27/long-hard-road-beginning-80-miles-struggle-after-recession-heart-greater-cincinnati/2850397002/