Hi Everyone! My name is Jennifer, I am a 29 year old female who has spent the last year rebuilding my life. In 2016 - I was working at a good paying, full time job. During one work day, I was at my desk and started to feel very ill. The room started spinning and I then passed out. I went to the emergency room and found out that I was a diabetic, and that my A1c levels were very out of control, and it was also affecting my PCOS. My doctor decided to start a plan to get it in control which required once a week appointments for 5 weeks to administer medication (injection) and so on. My job then told me I could not leave early and/or come in late from work for these appointments because it was against their attendance policy. As a result, they made me chose between my health and my job - and they ended up firing me.
This was the first time in my life I had ever been fired. I lost my job, which then resulted in me losing my health insurance. On top of that, they denied me from getting unemployment. I sold my belongings in order to get bills paid.. but it wasn't enough.. and I ended up having my car repossessed (one day before going to court and being approved for unemployment). I was unemployed for 6 months.
I have been working at a company for the past year, and I am so thankful. However, the pay is drastically lower than what I was previously making, so playing catch up has been very difficult. I finally have health insurance again so I am trying to get my health back on track. However, I am using a car that is on it's last leg. It is a 2004 Honda Accord with 200+k miles on it. It has numerous issues that I can't afford to get fixed.
If this car breaks down, I will lose this job. I can't let myself go back to what I've already been through. I have been trying to save for a down payment, but because of the repossession, they all require a high down payment which is beyond difficult for me to save. I am left with barley enough for food once my check comes and all of the bills are paid.
I have never asked for help before and I sincerely feel ashamed. I am usually on the other side, helping others. I've done many donation and charity events for different organizations, and it hurts to feel like I am at the point of having to ask for help for myself. I am only here because of my fear of losing this car and losing my job. I appreciate anyone taking the time to read this and especially to those who are willing to donate. Even if not, I thank you for reading my story and wish you a very blessed holiday season.