Couple tries to keep sense of normalcy
Her husband lost his job just before Christmas a year ago.
The couple never imagined he would still be out of work a year later.
"For a man who has always worked so hard to provide for his family, it has been very hard on him," said the wife.
Life became even more difficult when the wife, mother of the couple's three children, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.
"I felt my world caving in around me, 'Why me?' For weeks I didn't even want to get out of bed but knew I had to fight this battle for myself, my husband and my kids," she told Press Christmas for All.
She underwent weeks and weeks of chemotherapy, and two surgeries - a mastectomy and a hysterectomy. The fight is not over.
In the past, the wife said, her family has always been able to help others. Now their financial situation has deteriorated to the point where they don't know how it will turn around, but they know it can't get much worse.
"We just have to try and stay positive and know there is hope," she said.
The couple has tried to keep a sense of normalcy for their children during this time. They know the kids are struggling with the knowledge of their mother's illness, so they try to keep them from worrying about the family's unpaid bills.
A family member was helping them make their house payments, but those funds have now been depleted.
The couple has a son in college, a younger daughter with autism and a teen in high school.
"They are the light of our world," the mom said. "Our children don't expect much. They understand the situation and realize what we have is our family and that we are together."
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