Stay At Home Mom in dire need of a Vacation
Organized by: Chablis Stewart-Williams
Hello everyone! My name is Chablis, and I'm a self made Stay At Home Mom of 4 girls (includes a set of Twins). I served in the Army and the Air Force as a Military Police Officer and an Aerospace Medical Technician. I was also a Federal Police Officer for two Veterans Hospitals. In 1999 I was diagnosed with having an unknown spit in my right femur, it was unknown at the time if it was malignant or benign. (This news came as a surprise while I was in Technical school for the Air Force.)(image trying to finish school with this weighing on you mind.) Well I graduated and had right knee surgery and found that I lost bone density and had surgery which ended my civilian and military career. In addition to that previously while in the Army, o was in formation running P.T. and at the conclusion of our run our whole platoon was sprayed heavily with and unknown strength of pesticide to kill the mosquitoes in Panama which gave me asthma and later severe Migraine headaches which ended my military career. I have since aquire my disability income which afforded me to become a stay at home mom. I have struggled through family court, and other life challenges that cone along when you have no support system and the government system in place is not very supportive of you actually getting the support and help you need, but into separating your family. Surviving being homeless with children, starting from the bottom, and getting rejected by every government agency that I fought to protect, that should have been there to help me get back on my feet. After two failed marriages, and no support, having to relocate my children to find a peace of mind so I could focus on rearranging my girls for the good. It's been almost 10 years since I have been able to just get away and have time for me. I started going to college to try and accomplish something new so I wouldn't become complacent as I journeyed through the unfamiliar Territory called retirement. During which to my and my husband's surprise we were going to have twins. I was so happy, and in a matter of months my whole life would be turned upside down. Six months after the twins arrival my husband decided he no longer wanted a family and left, I was devastated, hurt, and left lifeless. Instead of becoming a victim, I strapped up my big girl boots, dug in and fought back. I continued school with 17 units per semester, and I raised the twins (one being medically fragile) I functioned for two years on maybe 2-4 hours of sleep per day, depending on my professor not to kick me out of class, after having to bring my month old twins to class everyday so I could continue with school. (It was my only source that kept me sane and my mind off my troubles. I kept up with school for as long as I could. The court battles and lack of sleep and support begin to weigh heavy on me and I was forced to quit school and just focus on the twins. Only to be displaced and without a permanent roof over our heads. It took 3 years to find a place to live, cause in California color does matter in more upscale areas. (Trying to move by the best and appropriate school for my girls). I landed in Vegas in 2008. Now here's my new challenge. My twins have IEP's (individual educational plans) and they were prematurely disqualified for services. Which led to the court battles with the school district. For one twin it took two years going all the way to federal court fighting for my children rights only to have the opposition of the school district every step of the way. 4 years later I have the victory! Both are now back on IEP's and on the road to getting the best and most appropriate education suited for them instead of being left to fail with no help except for very expensive alternatives that become very limited on a fixed income. During this fight we werr aldo displace because of a fire its neen a long and hard road to recovery. With all that has happened and now with the start of their teenage years, I really need a vacation. Please help me relieve a lot of stress hurt and pain so that I will be able to have a clear mind and energy to help guide my girls into adulthood. I thank your for reading my story and hopefully I will be able to post pictures of my (our) vacation to show my gratitude for any and everyone who may support my fundraiser. The cost I am seeking is not just for me, the twins are 13 and I would not have childcare to take a trip for me, I have to bring them with me. So it would turn into an educational trip of seeing the things and places they have learned or will learn about in school or in life. Thank you for your support or just lending your ear to my story.