Unfortunately, my story starts with a terrible event.
On August 24th 2016 at exactly 03.28am in the morning, whilst in Italy with my family, husband and two children, our home was struck by the earthquake.
The house cracked around us and although we manage to eventually escape, further aftershocks followed by two bigger
earthquakes on the 23rd and 26th October were so shocking and
terrifying, they changed our lives and the way we live forever.
It felt like I was in a movie, many people around us died and whole villages were lost, we witnessed this first hand.
On the 26th October, we escaped leaving everything we had behind us, apart from a few personal possessions and clothes in our car.
The following weeks were a blur. How could this be real?
Over the next few months, I quite suddenly lost my sight and spent the next 9 months totally blind in one eye, resulting in having 3 magor eye operations to restore my sight, but now I am beginning to go blind again, and I am really scared.
I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress and am battling to come to terms with everything we have been through.
Some days I am still even frightened to go in a tall because as soon as I left the front door I am enveloped with fear of collapse and being trapped.
Our only means of transport, our second hand car is not working, my husband has worked tirelessly to try and fix it, we have no funds for the garage and it needs over £1500 of work. I need to go to doctors and get counselling but cannot afford this.
I have suffered with chronic spinal pain from the age of 24, when I had an accident, that put my life on hold for many years, and have battled eversince to live a 'normal' life. This was compounded by my husband and daughter being in terrible car crash in my late 20's and the massive fallout this has caused ever since.
We have been able over the past year to afford to live in a short term rental, but have now used all our savings, have no credit or assets, and are now faced with eviction. We are trying our best but really do need help for a roof over our heads and to be able to men our old car ( worth nothing! ) We have two older children with us too, that need our help.
We just need to get back on our feet, so we can carry on and pick our lives up and help others once more.