K.M., 52, Self-Employed in Murrieta, CA

As a mother of a teenage daughter, COVID 19 has not been easy on me! Throughout this time, I have struggled to make ends meet and have had to ask my daughter who is 17 to help me with our expenses on multiple occasions. I feel horrible when I ask her for money, she always reassures me and tells me she doesn’t mind but it still hurts. It’s just been so difficult and I feel emotionally exhausted. I just want this to be over soon so that my daughter and I can move on and continue to live normal lives where money is not as much of an issue.

As an individual who has a master’s degree, I never thought I would ever have to struggle in regards to money but here I am. COVID 19 has taught me that life will never fail to surprise you, and you should always prepare for the words even if it appears as if everything is completely fine.

[submitted on 2/17/2021]

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