Mother and daughter seeking to escape and heal.

Three years ago, I found myself going through an extremely bad divorce. I was left with nothing and I was forced to move back to Missouri with my mother. To make a long story short, it is not a good place for us to be. I have severe scoliosis to the point that I am in pain every day. I have worked every day of my life, but I cannot do it anymore. The pain is too much. Unfortunately, I can also no longer stay in this house and heal. I have filed for disability, but the constant attacks from my mother against both myself and my child for being LGBTQ+ are getting too much to handle. I fear for my child's mental health and mine, as well. The only thing we want is to live in peace without the constant fight or flight that comes with living in fear with PTSD and anxiety. Unfortunately, I cannot do this without some help. Living here keeps me in a constant state of depression and it makes it hard to breathe, let alone function the way I need to to get out of here. The current opiate situation keeps me from getting meds I need to not be in constant pain. My 18-year-old son also lives here and he is the same way. He steals from us, constantly attacks my daughter,  breaks things, and keeps my daughter in constant fear. Trust me, if it weren't for all of my health problems, I'd work three jobs to get out of here, but I'm simply not capable, especially with an old truck that will barely make it out of town, so I am turning to the chronic pain community, the LGBTQ+ community, and our allies to hopefully give me and my child a chance at a normal life. I am certain with a little help and a new life somewhere far from here is all we need to flourish and finally feel safe to live our lives. Update: my mother is trying to make sure we are homeless  before I get my disability. We need help NOW!


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Sarah Mata 
Sullivan, MO
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