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Sandwich Generation

My husband has been disabled over 12 years due to diabetic complications, he is only 61. I was unemployed in 2008 and became the primary caregiver for my mom who has Alzheirmer not to mention that we had a daughter in college during this period. Due to the stress of unemployment with no benefits due to my self-employment status, I had no unemployment benefits and received no compensation. However, I turned 63 during this unemployment period and was able to file for my social security benefits. Thank God for small favors. It was better than zero.

The stress from this situation balancing a family of 4 with a disability income and 2 social security benefits was overwhelming as I struggled to maintain our home and payoff bills. In 2010 I developed Colon Cancer and now we have 3 medically disabled adults and a 24 year old college grad who is unemployed.

My younger sister retired in 2010 and took in my disabled mom. So now we have a household with 2 medically disabled adults on SSI and a 25 year old working part time as she struggles to find work in her field of Print Journalism (She has no medical benefits).

Thanks to SSI we are struggling but able to keep food on the table and roof over our heads. We could not survive if there are cuts in Social Security Benefits.

—ShirleyTX
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