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Life has been very difficult for the past several years. I've managed to hold it together for the good of my children but I don't know how much I have left.
I'm a 48 year old male.
Life was good until it fell apart when I turned 40. I had been married for 15 years, had a great job, our own condo, and two daughters 7 and 10 at the time. Then the economy took a hit, I lost my job, home in foreclosure, one of our cars repossessed, and my wife no longer wanted to be a wife or mother anymore. My daughters and I moved up north to be near family, we got divorced, I was awarded full custody of my daughters but lost all of my possessions.
We got a place to stay, got a job, kids in school, and rebuilt our lives. Their mother lived 2000 miles away and chose to have very little to do with the girls. Several years later my family disowned us due to a petty disagreement, that was over 2 years ago and we haven't seen or heard from them since. A year and a half ago I lost my job due to a medical issue, I worked maintenance and my hips were shot because of a military service connected disability and I needed hip replacement surgery. Everything was set for the first hip replacement surgery but they cancelled it the day before because of elevated liver enzymes. After months of tests with no results they went ahead with the surgery. 6 months later I had the next surgery and they figured out that I had hemochromatosis, a hereditary iron overload blood disorder but treatment would have to wait until I healed from the surgery. Two weeks after the surgery, my daughters were at a soccer game and I was home alone, our house burned down. I got out ok. It was caused by a chimney fire in our neighbors unit. The girls lost everything and we had no renters insurance. We lived in a hotel for a few days until we found another place to live. My girlfriend had been helping me through the surgeries and moved in before the fire. Now we live in a nice house. I am pretty much recovered from my hip replacement surgeries with some difficulties but it is getting better. I started treatment for my hemochromatosis which is getting a pint of blood removed every week until my ferritin levels are down to normal. I've had 10 pints taken in the past 10 weeks and it's kicking my butt. I sit at home alone all day. I'm on temporary disability that will stop in 6 months so I'll have to find a job that I'm physically capable of after being out of work. My oldest daughter just got accepted to college for nursing so I have to figure out finances for that. My youngest daughter graduates in 3 years. After all this plus raising two girls on my own, I'm not sure I can take it much longer.
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