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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Struggles of Molly and her Family

The struggles of ourselves and our friends and family members have included:
  • Long-term unemployment.
  • Health problems.
  • Major surgery.
  • A FEMA-declared natural disaster that damaged a home.
  • A motor vehicle accident with serious injuries.
  • Drastic drop in income in a long-time job.
  • Heat turned off for non-payment. 
  • Having so little cash that we were looking for change in the car to get a gallon of gas to get home.
  • Savings and 401K's completely depleted.
  • Borrowing from friends and relatives (with extreme guilt.)
  • Counting pennies and change to get a few dollars for food until the next paycheck.  
  • Medical negligence that caused an extra year of pain and suffering.
  • Chronic pain. 
  • Car booted.
  • Brakes giving out while driving. 
  • Electricity cut off for non-payment.
  • Small business closing as customers went belly-up. 
  • Credit completely destroyed.
  • Wages garnished.
  • Bank account frozen.
  • Bankruptcy.
  • Home in foreclosure.
  • Getting fired.
You name it, either we or somebody very close to us has experienced it in the past three years.  To be honest, I think that things could be worse, and I think that many people are in much worse situations than we are.

As for my husband and myself, we're not spring chickens, and we never expected that things would be this difficult as we approach 60. 

The devastation of our lives has happened in absolute lockstep to the devastation of the economy. And, as the economic recovery is still tenuous, so is our personal recovery.

As I write these blog entries about the current state of affairs, I'll add a few entries about our experiences from time to time.

In the meantime, read, post a comment, introduce yourself, and tell us your story!  

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