Cancer equals poor

I have spent years struggling to make ends meet. It’s hard to pay the bills and to keep up with the medical expenses. I have been blessed in that I have had some wonderful people in my life do fundraising. I have also had wonderful people donate lots of food to us. A friend regularly gives us donations of food from her church. Ironically, my own church which I am an active member only gives food hampers for about three months.

I have been lucky to keep my head afloat, trust me it’s not easy. I have also made jewelry to sell, set up at suitcase sales and sold odds and sods and donations of clothing. I did have a job, I then took a year off and was helped by my wonderful friends and family. But when I returned to work I was shown out the door rather quickly, the excuse being that I have a terminal cancer. Okay so that’s their prerogative, but it leaves me up the proverbial. I have been lucky to pick up bits and pieces of work here and there, but alas it’s not been enough.

I have the wolves at my door and I am at wit’s end as to how do I pay the bills, the rent, electricity, internet and the kids sports, I also have to keep the car running to be able to get to appointments, take the kids places and go to classes. I am doing a diploma in business and business management to help me be a bit more employable.

Yes I need to move into cheaper accommodation, I had my name down for housing commission or rather community housing, when I was at my worst, but when I returned to work I was earning two dollars over so I was dropped from the list. I have put my name down again, but I have been told I will be waiting for years. If  I am waiting for years, I won’t need a house big enough for my kids. But also I need a place that will be big enough to take a walker or eventually a wheelchair. I would have thought that this would have been in the planning of these homes. I guess I thought it would be standard to make sure the housing is disabled suitable. But then what can I say, greater minds than mine decide these things.

But back to the problem how do I get the money I need. I have had suggestions of crowd funding, well this is good, but I know myself I am wary of this as some of them have turned out to be scams. Go public like some people and then wait for the donations to come in? This I can’t do, I am happy to fund-raise for cancer, but find it hard to do it for myself. I have a jersey that I was given by the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. I really thank those ladies and gentlemen. They have given things to be used for fund-raising and I still have one item left. I guess I better get out there and sell tickets to help me make some money before I get evicted.

You might think that I am being a bit melodramatic about this, but I am not. It is a never-ending battle. I have seen others with cancer lose just about everything as they pay for their medications, specialist visits etc. I don’t live high I live very low, using a lot of home brand, making most things instead of buying them. I use the public health system, but sometimes when there is a problem, I can’t afford to wait the long period and have to pay to see someone. My medications are the main problem, they are no PBS so I have to pay huge amounts for them, I do have a problem with this. Why should a drug be cleared to go on the PBS for some but the same drug for use on other people isn’t covered? it really makes me angry. But I will fill you in on that at another date.

So if you have any ideas on how I can make ends meet or make money please inbox me. I really really would appreciate it.

Thank you.

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About proudblacksista

An Aboriginal woman. mother of 4 diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour 7 years ago.I want to share my story to help others. I am working to help other Aboriginal people face the battles of Cancer. Email me with your stories or concerns at aboriginalcancer.com View all posts by proudblacksista

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