Im a 25 year old woman that has a bright future.. I refuse to let my story get the best of me, but I will tell it and maybe I can help someone else... It started when I was young... My father an Alcoholic and abuser, my mother, a strong woman that had a heart condition and needed the working support of the functional alcoholic husband. I was abused but I know that you all saw that coming. I will not undermind my readers by saying that it could have been worse, but in my eyes, having someone you loved so much BEAT you, and break your spirit is the worse that a child could experience... My father then started to use drugs.. That was, for lack of a better word, INTERESTING!!! I remember coming home and all the tv's and electronics were gone... The money that I had spent two years saving, was gone!!! I was only ten... But I digress... My father got clean and life looked better!!! Then the relapse happened... I was 16 and now I had to sneak and work full time in order to make ends meet.. I payed the bills... He once again got clean and ONE LAST RELAPSE that sent him spiraling down the sidde of a road and wrapped his car around a pole... He survived... And has been clean since... Tragedy struck my family again... My mother passed away March 16 2010... She was my rock.. She died at home where I found her... I got up that morning and fixed my mother breakfast... I was on spring break, and she got up that morning and got on facebook.. she layed down for a nap, and never woke up... I found her on her bed.. black and blue... I burried my mother with ALL the money that I had... TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS... she had the heart condition for so long that she couldnt get life insurance... I wiped my accounts clean... I dont regret it!!! I loved and admired my mother... The loss of her was like losing my best friend... she was my EVERYTHING.. I could not imagine how I could move on... But I did.. and In March of 2011 my older sister went to jail and I became the sole provider of four teenagers... 13, 14, 16, and 17... I had no money.. No job and barely a place to stay... I had to now think about these children.. and so far it has been by hook or crook... but we make it... BARELY!!! I was enrolled in school and that helped..Now I cant get financial aid for school and I am one semester away from graduation and I cant get my degree because I cant afford it... Life SUCKS!!! but i can say that it could be worse i guess..