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Harsh times

"I lost my job back in November of 2007, right as the recession was beginning to pick up steam. Once I lost my job, it was impossible to find another, there simply weren't any jobs out there to apply to. Not even when I decided to go to the temp agencies, not one of them would give me a call for work.

This went on for months, and I soon lost my car and then went on to lose my apartment because I just didn't have the money to pay for even my basic living expenses. It was extremely frustrating and even my body began to react from the stress and depression of being jobless. I experienced back aches, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and weight gain; not to mention the problems in my personal life that were caused by all of this.

Finally in October of 2008 I was forced to move in with my dad into a small one-bedroom apartment. I had to put a lot of things into storage, and had to sell and give away quite a few other things that wouldn't fit into the 6x10 little space. I had a little bit of respite when Mervyn's hired me but that ended quickly as our economy took a turn for the worse last year and businesses began shutting down.

It is extremely disheartening to be in this situation, and for many other people as well who have lost just as much as I have, possibly even more. But somehow life keeps on going and at the very least I am thankful that I am not homeless. I hope my story does someone good and lets them know that they are not alone in these harsh times."