Angela Godbout

Angela Godbout

I am a 38 year old mother of two. I married my high school sweetheart and have been married to him for over twenty years now. We were young and carefree just like every other couple. We had our first child when I was only seventeen and my next one at the age of twenty. We were young but so very happy.
Time went on and my oldest child became very ill at the age of four. She was diagnosed with a life threatening disease. Our worlds changed dramatically from that point on but we were still very happy and strong. Money got tight at times when we would have extended hospital stays or need to make trips to hospitals in other states but we were still getting by.
Then in 2006, my children would have been fifteen and twelve, my husband tried jumping to catch a football from my son when he got home from work and has never been the same again. He is now permanently disabled and diagnosed with a rare muscle disorder. Our world as we knew it crashed. For three years we survived on my income alone with the help of my parents.
In 2010 my son ended up getting multiple serious concussions that have left him with some long term damage. He is in his senior year of high school now and still can’t keep a full schedule. We have worked closely with his school and it looks good that he will graduate in June with his class.
In 2011 I became ill. My doctors think it is due to all of my family’s stress that has finally caught up to me. I have been out of work for almost a year now and it doesn’t look like the doctors will let me return before my time is up. Through all of this we have opened our home to many. My niece moved in with us when she was ten and stayed until she went off to college. My adult nephew has been staying with us for quite a while now. We have a soft spot for him and try to go above and beyond since his father, my brother, died by suicide three weeks after my wedding. We have also taken in strays here and there as needed. Everybody has challenges at some poi
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