Debt, Tuition, Business Assistance for Grandma Martha Joan
Organized by: Martha Quinones
EVENT DATE Dec 30, 2015
I am a mother of Six Children 32, 26, 23, 20, 19, 17 and Grandmother of four, ages 13, 12, 8, 1, three of which I raised the last 8 years along with my 5. Three of the nine with disabilities, emotional and Behavioral. In 09 had a mini stroke after having flu for three weeks, then the next 5 years not working, and living off child support and Grandparent support for the grandchildren, during which time my Middle daughter I put through A boarding Academy in Tennessee, with almost half of my meager monthly income. God is good.
I have been married twice 7 and 8 yrs respectively, with eight years in between, and separated all but one year to my first husband, and taught Christian Aerobics class at my church and my oldest was 4 1/2 when first victimization occurred and second having a restraining order within 2 or 3 weeks of Marriage. Both with Emotional and Verbal abuse and second with physical abuse. Both marriages having been victimized prior to Marriage, and not knowing the legal ramifications of it till second marriage and having to get involved with the Domestic Violence dept.
Then I became an Empty nester over night in April of this year, with oldest daughter getting her three kids back, after a very stressful 10 month ordeal, and my two youngest leaving the home prior, one last year, and one Feb. of this year under very stressed situation. Mainly raising these nine children by myself, while working part time jobs, before school and after school, to be home with them, while trying to get my degree in Nursing, that changed to Computer Apps and taking ten years to finish an AA degree.
During the 5 years not working, started really investing in myself, physically and Health focused to be able to strengthen myself back to prior state, before stroke, and far exceeding myself. In April when kids left, was emotional drained and after 32 years of raising kids and caring mainly for others, was a basket case, not knowing what to do with myself. My sister and niece, came the day after and seeing my state, took me and got me a puppy, that my niece had extra, and I was out the next morning again walking.
For two months I was working on getting a car and signed up to work with Uber and Lyft to be able to bring in an income. And for the last six months kept busy driving many hours a day just to make ends meet. I had ruptured a disk in my neck when my 20 year old was about 1 and then compounded that with whiplash twice, one a car accident, the other, work related. And was told I would have to continue my exercises the rest of my life to be able to stay out of pain and keep my neck strengthened. And with the stress of the court proceedings last year slacked off of my exercising regimen, and then with driving the last six months, have increased my pain in arms and shoulders and now lower back and hamstrings. My focus since age 21 has been health related, first as a nurses aid, then CNA, then trying to get my RN, which I couldn't keep up with, having 3 kids when I started back to college at 30 and one on the way after two yrs of preliminary classes for Nursing, and getting into my labs the first semester of Nursing, the third year. My goal now is to be a lifestyle coach, and help others with health problems and teaching them how to make changes in their lives, and to live a more productive life, through lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
The online course starts in Jan. for six months, and with outstanding student loans and medical bills from youngest daughter, and needing to work such long days just to make ends meet, am wanting to be debt free, which I had started working on four or five years ago, and tackling a good chunk out of it. But need to free myself up, so I can focus on getting home ready for my new business, and need help in this area, to be free to focus on training and readying of home. As well this wed, the 30th a four day conference in Kentucky, that I have the accommodations paid for, due to my Daughter in Honduras not being able to make the conference, and letting me take her place, and is a great resource for where my focus is right now.
That totals to $700.00 for this week and $1900.00 for the beginning of Jan for online class, due upfront to reduce cost and $31,000 in student loans, and $3000.00 in credit card, mainly for this last six months, with job related cost and charges. Approx. $2,000.00 for Medical bills, $4,500.00 for Life Style counseling class in Aug. that need a good portion of when I register well in advanced to secure a place in the class. Also about $2,200 for class related tools and start up cost. So if I am able to reduce my hours on the road and just work 2-4 hours a day, will be able to cover myself till I get business up and running.
I want to thank all of you in advance for your help and donations and making it possible for me to help others in return. You are all truly a blessing, not just to me, but to whom I am able to pass it on to. I pray a blessing on each and everyone of you, for the blessing you are facilitating. Thank you and God Bless. MJ