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by Pennie on December 27, 2012

Christmas came and went regardless of my being “ready”.  We had plenty of food, plenty of presents, plenty of fun and love and not enough sleep.  Just like every other Christmas that has come before this one.

The past couple of years have been pretty challenging for me.  I lost a job, lost health insurance, lost a house, lost what I thought was my identity and had to start from scratch.  It’s been rough and at times pretty humiliating and always depressing.  I’ve had to depend on others when I had always been the one to give support.  I haven’t seen doctors when I needed to and when I took a pretty bad fall this summer, I had to depend on emergency room care for help and could never afford a follow up.  It was months before I was back to normal.  Financially, I’m barely able to afford to take care of what I need to care of.  All of this has given me a sharpened perspective on life.

I’ve always been a pretty liberal person, and have never believed in drug testing or anything like that for state or federal aid.  But now I’ve gotten pretty vocal about it.  People do, through no fault of their own, fall on hard times and in the current economy, the situation can turn from bad to worse very quickly.  Even when you do all the right things, like “save for a rainy day”,  invest in your future and the like; if you find yourself without a job, and your unemployment runs out and your savings runs out and your house is worth less than you paid for it, then hard times descend pretty quickly.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to live with my daughter and her family and I have a little part time job to help keep the ship afloat.  But when I hear others talk down about people on food stamps or health care aid or other such programs, now I speak up.  LOUDLY.  Because while I’m sure there are some people who take advantage of the programs, there are so many more who are helped by them.  The programs fill a gap that would leave otherwise good people in terrible situations.  What happened to me could so easily happen to someone else.  And I’m too far away from official retirement age to look for help from social security.

So while this Christmas was just like every one before it in so many ways, it was different in one very meaningful one.  I’m very grateful.  Grateful for my loving family and friends, grateful for part time jobs and really grateful to know there are programs out there that can lend a hand if I need it.

I hope you had a great Christmas too!

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1 Bethanny December 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Thank you for sharing such personal parts of your life. You are such a strong person and a fighter. Good luck to you and Im sure many blessings are coming your way.

2 Rainey December 28, 2012 at 1:33 am

I am sorry to hear that you are going thru the same exact kind of thing I am going thru. Its very embarasing to have to ask for help and thank goodness for state help thats all I can say. I too lost my job of 20 years lost my house and my health. Thank you for all the awesome posts throughout the year and all the great deals you have put on your blog and the countless freebies cuz OMG it really makes your day when you get a mailbox of samples and not bills :) The other day I said to the mail lady, sorry for aways getting samples and stuff and she says keep doing it cuz its my job security.. LOL
Thanks again and lets hope that 2013 is a good one!!!! I hope you and your family have a very happy new year!!! (oh and we both win the lottery)

3 Sue Hull December 30, 2012 at 3:04 am

I’m sorry to hear you’ve fallen on hard times. You’re blessed to have your family to live with. You’re right it does happen to a lot of people. It happened to my daughter. She was out of work for 1 1/2 yrs and 1 wk before her unemployment ran out she got a job. All our praying worked. I’m going to keep you in my prayers and hopefully 2013 will be a good year for you. I’m on SSI and it’s hard to live off of it but I manage. I’m also glad the state is there to help for people who really need it.
I enjoy your posts so much but this one made me alittle sad because I know how you feel. It sucks sometimes but I know that God will always provide all my needs so I give my stress and worries to Him. Take Care & Happy New Year :)

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