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This young couple struggles with health issues related to diabetes while holding down minimum-wage jobs and caring for two children.
Between them, they take home about $1,200 a month.
"They are both hard workers," their caseworker said, adding the parents would work even more hours than they are now but can't because of their health.
"They both get tired easily, and the mom has vision issues," he said. Even so, the mother makes a little extra money by doing some sewing when she can get the work.
They live in a house owned by a relative and pay $100 a month in rent. They get no food stamps and diligently use coupons to save money on groceries.
While they do their best to keep up with basic living expenses, mounting medical bills and rising utility costs take a financial toll. The parents have no health insurance but do have medical cards for the children.
The household income doesn't stretch far enough to cover any extras.
"They do anything they can to make a good life for their two children," their caseworker said.
Their 10-year-old son, also a severe diabetic, has been hospitalized a few times. He is overweight, and they are trying to get that issue under control, realizing it will help his condition. The couple's other child is an 8-year-old girl.
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