There is no solution to this problem – Deborah, 56, Kansas City, MO

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Deborah: There is no solution to this problem.

Interviewer: Problem?

Deborah: My homelessness.

Interviewer: Can you elaborate?

Deborah: There just isn’t a solution.  I have always been very smart and I like figuring out problems. It requires you to be resourceful.  I can’t figure this one out. And I can’t figure this one out because there is NO SOLUTION. And to add insult to injury, the whole world seems to think that there IS a solution, and I am lazy and just haven’t tried to find one.  It’s not true.  I am 56 years old and I have applied for hundreds and hundreds of jobs in the last 4 years and have not been hired for one.  No job, no money, no nothing.  Homeless.

Interviewer: No job offers?

Deborah: Nope.

Interviewer: Not even at say, McDonald’s?

Deborah: I don’t apply for fast food or restaurant server jobs because I physically can’t stand for very long.

Interviewer: Can I ask why?

Deborah: I took a statin several years ago. Prescribed to my by the doctor at the local free clinic when I still lived in my hometown.  I only took it for 3 months but it really messed me up.  I am in pain everyday now, especially in my hips and legs.  And I can’t stand very long at all, and there is nothing you can do for it, except take pain pills.  Pain pills make me stupid!  I can’t function on them, I don’t now how anyone can. And you hear stories about people getting addicted to prescription pain pills. Regular people with regular lives start taking pain medication like for a back problem or something, and they get addicted, and then their lives are gone.

Interviewer: Their lives are gone?

Deborah: Yeah, they get addicted and then they lose their jobs and then their house and then they become homeless, too. That’s how it happens sometimes. That’s how a regular person can easily become homeless. Prescription pain medicine is powerful. And pain is powerful. My pain is what it is, but it means I can’t work a job where I have to stand up all day.

Interviewer: But you are still in pain?

Deborah: Yup. Everyday, all day. Because of that stupid statin drug. It really sucks.

Interviewer: What do you most want people to know?

Deborah:  That people like me need help. That no matter what you think, there is nothing I did to deserve this. There is no reason I am here except that I listened to a doctor, unemployment is high and I am not 25 anymore, so I can’t get hired. No job, no money. – Homeless.