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A 38-year-old single mother is trying to make a good life for her 8-year-old autistic daughter.
In addition to caring for a special needs child, she is struggling financially and physically.
She has been diagnosed with cancer and currently is undergoing chemotherapy. Surgery may be an option if the tumor shrinks, but so far things are not going well, her caseworker said.
"Her last appointment did not look good, but we are not going to lose hope," he said.
The mother is on her own with nobody nearby to offer any form of support. Her relatives live out of state and there has been no contact with the little girl's father for several years. Without child support, mother and daughter scrape by on about $450 in Social Security Disability and $200 in food stamps.
They live in subsidized housing where rent costs $100 a month. Additional expenses include utilities. A medical card covers health expenses.
The little girl's autism is not severe but she struggles academically and is in special needs classes. Despite hurdles, mother and daughter are content just to be together, their caseworker said.
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