CASE 56 • Watching your daughter suffer from the ravages of schizophrenia is hard; seeing your three young grandchildren try to cope with their mother’s illness may in some ways be harder. Ms. D, 58, has Type 2 diabetes, but works part time. She oversees her daughter’s finances and daily living activities, while also caring for her 6-year-old granddaughter and 4- and 1-year-old grandsons. They need winter coats and winter clothing, groceries and a microwave oven. Toys and educational games would make this a brighter Christmas for the children.
CASE 57 • Ms. C’s heart only works at 25%. Her doctor put her on the heart transplant list in May. Ms. C prays for a match, and she’s not sure how many Christmases she has left with her son. Until March of this year, Ms. C was on medical leave from her job at a bank. Since her medical leave ran out, she’s struggled to pay her electric and gas bills. She’s now $1,600 behind. Ms. C needs a new washing machine and money to help with other expenses for her and her son.
Case profiles by Monica Obradovic and Sarah Bryan Miller of the Post-Dispatch.