Fowler has set up payment arrangements with her credit card companies who’ve frozen her accounts because of her loss of income. “I’ve had to borrow from family to feed myself,” she says. “I’ve had to utilize food pantries. It’s not a matter of pride. It’s a matter of living.”
And Fowler says she walks a tight rope, wanting to work more while also worrying that every extra hour could jeopardize the unemployment benefits she needs to make ends meet.
She’d like to get therapy, but she lost her health insurance when she was laid off from her full-time job. She’s also been isolated during the health crisis. She moved to Tucson with her now ex-husband, and most of her family lives in Michigan.
To calm her nerves, Fowler goes for walks, prays, and tries to hold on to the hope that she will eventually be able to find another job in the hospitality industry, “to get back to what I know and what I’m good at.”