By Jenn Walker, HealthyCal.org
52-year-old Steven Macko experienced this harsh reality four years ago when he was evicted from his apartment in Lincoln California.
Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease. Macko was diagnosed at age 21 after noticing telltale signs – stomach pain, vomiting, and, at a height of 5’11, a weight drop to a mere 91 pounds. He has been battling it ever since, making regular visits to the hospital for intestinal blockages and the fistulas that developed in his body.
Then, in the midst of the plummeting economy in July of 2008, life dealt another blow when he was released from his position as a paralegal for a small law firm in Lincoln. With no severance pay or savings, he made it as far as October before being evicted.
“Believe it or not, someone with almost six years of college education – doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, doesn’t do drugs or anything like that – I’m on the street like anybody else.”
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