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Anticipating work and school, I attended UIC with the intent of paying tuition through loans and the money I made from working and some assistance from my mom. From the very start of the semester, my mother was disabled from her preexisting condition of rectal cancer. The affects were hard on us collectively as a family. She was unable to work and or take care of herself. I immediately responded by coming home as frequently as needed to take care of her. This really hit my grades hard being unable to focus on my school work constantly worried and affected logistically by the situation. We were already late on my loan application but this halted all progress toward it. My account was automatically charged and I was unable to pay. While on campus, I left frequently to see about my mom and try to keep her stable. Due to her inability to pay her insurance premium, she wasn't able to receive proper healthcare like continuing chemotherapy or even a simple doctors visit. The finical struggles were unbearable through the end of the semester and I was dismissed from the university as a result of academic struggles from attendance and my inability to pay. I was never able to take out the loans I needed to pay the balance and have been working and supporting my mom ever since. My mother is limited to bed rest and is close to death. I'm 19 and I'm searching for answers on what to do next.