February 29, 2012 - 12:33pm
I have been fighting breast cancer for 10 years now, and have found that not only have there been health issues, but I am financially and mentally zapped. The thing I'm looking forward to now is that I can file bankruptcy again in 2013 (that's sad). Going in I had a great job, stocks, bonds, life insurance, etc. Since my fight began, I have used all savings (mine and my adult children), cashed in insurance policies, stocks, and bonds, in a effort to protect my credit. All of this was to no avail. I have faced homelessness several times, the last of which required my daughter to leave her job overseas, come home and find me a place using her credit credentials. No one wants to give me a chance with all of these medical bills and a bankruptcy on my credit report. Anyway, because everything is in my daughter's name, I am unable to ask for any bill assistance through the city or state, and we are all spent out. I have applied for affordable housing which has a 2 to 3 year waiting list, and most apartment complexes want your income to be 3 times the rent (disability is just not enough for that). I try to supplement my income through catering but those jobs have been few and far between, and most part time jobs I could do, can't or won't work around my chemo and treatment appointments. So, I live in Virginia Beach, Va. and am hoping that someone has gone through this, found a way out, and may have some advice for me. Thank you all for listening.