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  • Writer's pictureLucas Gu

Unexpected Health Crisis

Location: LIFEMOVES | Montgomery Street Inn

X had a job as a high school basketball coach in a small town in Kansas. He was known in the school for inspiring his students to reach and be their better self. He had just left that job and moved to San Jose looking for better opportunities when he was hit by an unexpected crisis.

One sunny afternoon, as X was driving home from an interview, a driver ran a red light and collided with his car at an intersection. “I was absolutely shocked”, X said. They hit me so hard I was stunned for a solid minute”.

The impact left X with a fracture and internal injuries. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent emergency treatment to stabilize his condition.

The accident had shattered X's fibula (lower leg bone) and left him bedridden for a few weeks. His injuries required extensive rehabilitation to regain mobility.

“However, I know I will not give up”, X stated. “I was determined to get active again once I recovered. And I will continue to find things for me to do.”

However, the mounting medical bills began to cast a shadow over his life. X's insurance covered a portion of the expenses, but the out-of-pocket costs were substantial. And since X was unable to work during his recovery, his savings quickly dwindled.

As the weeks turned into months, the financial strain became increasingly overwhelming. Just getting out of rehab, X had to make difficult choices between medical bills, groceries, and utility payments. Despite his best efforts, X was unable to keep up with his rent. He tried to find other housing options, but the combination of his financial constraints and medical needs made it nearly impossible.

After all the alternatives failed, X seeked temporary refuge in a local shelter. The transition was challenging, as he adjusted to the communal living environment while still overcoming the aftermath of the accident.

However, X is not easily defeated. At the shelter, he attended support groups and job training programs. He also made new friends at the shelter, who gave him great advice and encouragement. “They told me about what they went through,” X remarked, “and they took the time to listen to me. They really helped cheer me up. They made me realize that I’m not alone in this journey.”

He added, “aside from their words, my friends also taught me how to navigate the nooks and crannies of shelter life. It was really helpful, especially in the first few weeks.”

He told me that recently, he felt well enough that he applied to part-time work as a coach, and he hopes that he can use his skills to help students once again.

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