Hi, My name is Jenna, and I'm not good at all at asking for help. I realize that there are problems in this world, and for other people, that may be more important than mine, and I'm not selfish enough to say "I'm more deserving.." I'm not a begger, and I don't want to portray myself as being a poor pity me person. What I will say is that I'm a single mother, who has never recieved a dime of support from the father of my child, the State does not recognize me as needing financial help due to the full time job I had for 5 years up until 2 weeks ago. That fact alone upsets me, because I was helping myself financially, doing the best I could by my only child and yet was not offered any financial assistance as a result. As of two weeks ago, I had to come to the hard decision to resign from my job due to mounting emotional and mental duress my job had been putting on me after years of working there. I want to clarify that for the most part the job was VERY stressful but I'm sure no worse then anywhere else in this world. I did, however, work with primarily family, which a lot of you know, is a recipe for disaster. Before coming to the decision to resign though, I sought out professional help, just to be sure that I wasn't just being a bratty employee. As it turns out, my physician says my case shows strong signs of Bi-Polar Disorder. Again, I don't want to make it seem that I am the only one in the world living with this disorder nor do I want a stigma attached to myself. I just have trouble maintaining a balanced mood, one minute I can be completely fine, I can break a fingernail (hypothetically) and the whole world will end in about 3 seconds (I've never literally done that, but you get the idea I hope?) Now, just because I've resigned from my prior job does not mean, I am not looking for another, albeit one without family members, But I only say that to let you know I'm not going to lean on my disorder or my single mother status to gain sympathy points. The real reason I've created this page, is because in the wake of my diagnosis, I decided it was time to make some major changes in my life. My daughter, for the rest of her life, will only have me as a parent, and what kind of example would I be setting by staying complacent with working at a job just to earn a paycheck instead of chasing my dreams and inspiring her to do the same. Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk (My daughter is amazing by the way, I'm proud of the young lady (she's 6 :-) ) that she is) So I enrolled in college, to the Independence University to earn my Associates Degree in Graphic Arts. Probably one of my top most proud moments in my life. Now the downside, College is EXPENSIVE. I mean.. WOW..expensive. I've recieved several grants and I'm signing up for scholarships left and right but I'm afraid all of its not going to be enough to help me get through the next few years without crying everytime I look at my checking account. This is where I ask you for help. For those of you who know me, you know that when it comes to an education (My daughters or my own) I don't play around, An education will carry you, where most other things will fail. For those of you who don't know me, I swear every word I have written above, is the complete and honest truth. I'm a hard worker, doing my best to do right by my daughter, I help everyone as much as I can (whether it be giving rides or paying it forward for a complete stranger) I do believe in karma, and I sincerely hope that she's going to be looking out for me in these next weeks/months and years to come. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and even if you can't help me, find a cause you deem worthy and donate. There are a lot of us good people out there, that do not like asking for help, but could use a helping hand from time to time..