After spending the last 2½ years helping to care for her son after he was diagnosed with brain cancer, a mother from a community south of Boston was hoping that her family was finally approaching better days.
But several months ago, she wrote in a letter to Globe Santa, she and her husband learned their other son had a rare auto-immune disorder and would need extensive medical treatment, probably for the rest of his life.
As if that weren’t enough, both she and her husband are newly unemployed.
“Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, my husband got laid off of his job,” she wrote. “This March, I was laid off from my job.”
For the last nine months, her letter continued, they have struggled to make ends meet with unemployment benefits and help from family members. In a relatively short time, the family of five has gone from living reasonably within their means to being grateful for the food stamps that help ensure they do not go hungry.
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