I gave birth to my son in 1994. I was 16 years old. His father was a crack dealer. I never did drugs in my life but I loved him and believed I could change him.
He was young too, 19 years old. I was raised poor and now at 37 year old, I am truly grateful for every experience in my life, I would not change anything. Needless to say… my son’s father ended up in prison, I was left to raised this boy alone.
Anyways, I do NOT want sympathy, I do NOT need it!
I have been happily married to the love of my life for 15 years. He loves and has loved my son since he laid eyes on him when he was 11 months old.
My husband, son and I have been together for just over 19 years now. My husband and I have 3 other children.
I completed high school when my oldest son was 2 and went on to college.
I completed college in 2005 with my Doctor of Pharmacy. I have had a great life. My oldest son still experiences issues associated with his birth father and his family.
My oldest son had substance abuse problems which his father (my husband) and I helped him with. We got him into a residential treatment program. My son tells us how he was grateful for that. He has been clean for a year now. He was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder by his psychiatrist.
However, since our insurance coverage which I have carried for over the past 10 years, no longer has mental health coverage in our area “Lawton, Oklahoma”… we are not eligible for Family and Marriage counseling.
I cannot express how vital this is to our family!!!! I have never asked for hand outs…NEVER! I have worked HARD for my ever loving life!
My oldest son is 20 and in college, which I pay for, and my baby is 16 months old. I have enough going on in my life. The fact that I must now travel over 150 miles to see or take my son to counseling is not acceptable to me.
My husband and I pay well over $30,000 every year to the United States government… why must I now have to travel, take time off work, my son take time out of school and all the other inconveniences just to get the care we have always had right here at home? Simple question.