As for most, 2020 has been a challenging year. While we've been lucky for me to be able to work full-time from home, Jami got laid off from her rewarding job at ABC Imaging in March due to COVID-19. When they resumed business, the company decided to offer some workers their jobs back but with a significant pay cut close to 50% of everyone's total salary, which made it not sustainable for the work she did as well as the costly commute to Alexandria.
Jami had Virginia unemployment insurance, but it has since dried up with her going into month nine of unemployment and all stimulus options are exhausted. She has been fighting to get job interviews with no offers so far. With the reduction in only having one income, bills are piling up and stress is mounting for the both of us. As we all know, living in Northern Virginia is not feasible on one income. Not only for our rent and other bills but even going to the grocery is becoming a challenge due to lack of funds.
Jami also has life-saving anti-rejection drugs for her liver transplant and a bi-weekly Solaris infusion for her aHUS blood disorder that we need to continue to pay for.
This is one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. To ask for help makes me feel I have failed in some way but I know this is just a temporary setback. We would be VERY grateful for any help provided. We are both deeply grounded in our faith and we are thankful for any help we receive.
Luke 6:38 - "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."
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