Empty Stocking: Single mom’s health problems casting doubt about her children’s Christmas

By Sam Shriver, sshriver@limanews.com

LIMA — You never know what curveball life will throw at you.

“Well my son’s dad passed away in October of last year. He had a drug overdose. I left him because he started doing drugs and I don’t tolerate any of that stuff because my mom was a drug addict,” Nancy said.

If that loss wasn’t enough, the 32-year-old single mom started suffering her own medical problems.

“All of a sudden out of nowhere, I had been getting migraines really bad and I was going to a regular doctor and they put me on headache medicine. I was at my daughter’s football game because she is a cheerleader and I was walking with my 2-year-old, carrying him and the next thing I remember I woke up in the ambulance.

She was in the hospital for three days after suffering a grand mal seizure.

“I don’t know when they come. They just come. I don’t have any symptoms before they come,” she said.

She’s had all kinds of testing, including EEGs and MRIs and given anti-seizure medication. But still the seizures return.

Because of the seizures Nancy can’t drive a car and can’t work and has moved in with her mother, who works as a server at an area restaurant.

Nancy is on Medicaid to help with her health, but things are tight financially. She is supposed to help pay for electricity for her mom’s house, but she can’t do that and they’ve gotten a disconnect notice.

Her children, 11-year-old Lexi, 7-year-old Travis and 3-year-old Nick are outgrowing their clothes and shoes and will likely have a disappointing Christmas if her fortunes don’t change.

She’s applied for assistance through the Empty Stocking Fund.

“I’ve worked since I’ve been 16. I’ve always been a worker. That’s me,” she said.

She has to be seizure free for six months before she can get her license back and with that return to her job.

“My 11-year-old. She’s being like mom. She’s doing everything. Like when I have a headache I’m down. It hurts and she’s doing everything she can,” Nancy said.

She is hoping someone will help her with gifts for her children.

Lexi, 11, needs adult medium tops, size 3 pants and size 8 shoes. Nancy would like it if Lexi could have a cellphone, but knows she can’t afford it.

Travis, 7, needs size 8 tops and bottoms and size 1 shoes. He’s hoping to play basketball soon so some kind of basketball shoe would be needed. He is also into Legos.

Nick, 3, needs size 4 tops and bottoms and size 11 shoes. He’s into anything Paw Patrol related.


By Sam Shriver, sshriver@limanews.com

Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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