After 31 years, this Wichita woman’s husband retired from policing in April. She worked a dream job at a hospital, with enough pay to make ends meet. The couple and their two daughters, 14 and 18, bought a house and lived comfortably — with “no extras,” she wrote. “We thought that we had it made.”
The 45-year-old woman had lived for 11 years with rheumatoid arthritis, managing it with medication, injections, braces and splits.
She beat an eight-month flare-up — taking three months off of work — and headed back to her position at the hospital over the summer.
Then the severe pain returned in August, forcing her to quit work.
Now she’s without a job, medication and insurance.
“The pain is so bad that I am only able to be up for 1 ½ hours (to) three hours at a time,” she added. “I have no medication for the inflammation and to stop my spine from fusing together.”
Her husband, 51, is hunting for a job that offers insurance benefits; in the meantime, this family of four is asking Share the Season to help. They need money for basics: food, electricity and taxes. A wheelchair would help her mobility, too, she wrote.
“If there is a way that we could get food or keep our electricity on, we would be so blessed.”