Susan

Susan (10)

“Now I know my life isn’t over” 

-Susan

 After a 28-year career as a teacher in the Pasadena area, Susan developed ovarian cancer. With no partner to lean on for support, and no family nearby, she ran out of money as she grew sick and unable to work. “I just lost everything. I lost my house, my car, my belongings, my job.”

She soon found herself homeless.

“Living on the streets of Los Angeles was horrible. I was assaulted… I was robbed. My backback was stolen. My money was stolen… It was very cold. I was hungry. I was dirty. I was frightened.”

Feeling completely insignificant, Susan tells us: “I had pretty much decided that I was going to commit suicide.”

But then she walked through the doors of Union Station Homeless Services. “[My care coordinator] Dorit helped me get on Social Security disability. She helped me get this Section 8 apartment. She helped me to get therapy.”

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the help I got at Union Station,” she says.

Susan now has a permanent home at Centennial Place apartments and takes art therapy classes to help her deal with her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And she has hopes and dreams for her future again.

“I want to go back to teaching. I’m really looking forward to that. I am dealing with PTSD. It’s a very hard thing to live with. I’m getting help for that, and when I feel strong again, and when I feel able, I want to go back to teaching. Now I know my life isn’t over.”

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