Today's Application of the Day comes from a single mother of two living in Arkansas. A breast cancer survivor, she has fought hard for her health and independence. Both have recently been threatened, however, by another medical expense that has left her unable to pay this month's mortgage. Without help she and her family will be at risk of eviction.
Scroll down to read this mother's story in her own words, and to make a donation that will help this family get back on their feet in the new year:
"I am a 42-year-old breast cancer survivor and single mother with two children still at home. Over the past four years I have been through numerous treatments (chemo, radiation) and surgeries (bilateral mastectomies and a complete hysterectomy). Both of my parents passed away (my mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 48) and I have no other familial support to count on. I am a bookkeeper and I just signed up to go back to college in the Spring to finish my associate's accounting degree.
I need help with paying December's mortgage. Last week, I had a surgery to repair a hernia. My recovery has been excruciating. I worked all throughout my chemo and radiation treatments and only took a couple days off for all of my other surgeries, so I thought this time would be like all the rest. When I checked out of the hospital, they told me I should take two weeks off, doctor excused. I just figured I could take it slow and still work, but the pain is really bad. I'm going to have to take it slower than I thought I would have. I still plan on working, but I'm not going to be able to work as many hours, which will make getting the mortgage paid on time impossible. Please help. I am a hard worker and I am far from being lazy by any means.
If my family doesn't receive help with our mortgage this month our electricity and gas heat will be shut off for non-payment. (I will have to use the money for those bills to pay the mortgage.) I won't even have gas money to get to work to make what little money I can. We will be squatters in our own home.
After finishing all of my treatments for breast cancer I've finally gotten to the point where I'm trying to plan for the future instead of my imminent demise. I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, a light that wasn't there for so long. I plan on finishing up my degree and getting a good job with health benefits and sick leave--simple luxeries that so many others take for granted. One day, I will make enough money to be able to save and hopefully give back to others less fortunate than I.
Funding my application through Modest Needs will give me and my family an excellent start to a new year filled with promise and a bright future. As a cancer survivor I am starting my life over, fresh, and I am looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. I can't wait until the day that I can afford to 'pay it forward' and do something life-changing for someone else. Thank you for helping us if you are able.