Stress can do crazy things. For me, it led to a Vitamin B deficiency. I was diagnosed when, after weeks of slightly stumbling, I outright fell and broke my foot. I ended up in the hospital, unable to walk. I was working two jobs as a waitress at the time, and was terrified. You can’t be a waitress if you can’t walk, and I had a child to provide for.
Thankfully, I was able to walk again, but it took three months, and needless to say I wasn’t able to keep my job. During my recovery the bills piled up, and I literally could not pay a single one. I borrowed money from my family and friends just to keep the electricity on. I am thankful that we were able to get food stamps to help my daughter and I through this difficult time. Food was one less thing I had to worry about. Honestly, I don’t think we would have gotten by without them.
Since my foot has healed, I’ve been able to work again. I currently work two jobs at local nonprofits – but with hospital bills, it’s still a struggle. I worry the stress of it all has deeply affected my daughter, but she’s a resilient kid. When I apologize to her she says, “Mom, I wouldn’t be the person I was today if we hadn’t gone through this.” And she’s right. We’re strong. We’re survivors. We’ll come out of these hard times better people than we were before.