From Registered Nurse to Homeless in a Year

By: Brittany Gunter, Mike Plews Email
By: Brittany Gunter, Mike Plews Email

Lynette Diesen's story challenges some of our pre-conceived ideas about homelessness. Last year she was preparing for the worst. Diesen says " I made sure my gas tank was full of gas and I put all of my pillows and blankets that I could fit into my car because I knew that the children and I were probably going to be sleeping in the car for a little bit".

Diesen said that for the last year her life had been unraveling. She tells Channel Six that she was a registered nurse, working in and emergency room when she suffered a shoulder injury so severe that she could no longer work.

Two applications for disability were turned down and the bills started piling up. First she lost her career then her home. She says "it just feels like you're worthless and then to have the homelessness on top of it just makes it so hard".

On the verge of living with her children in her car, the Open Door Mission found a place for Diesen. She says it was tough at first but in time she found the support she needed.

Now after getting a lawyer and going before a judge Diesen will be receiving disability and is looking forward to leaving the Lydia house and getting on with her life.

She is sharing her story because she wants people to know just how quickly life can change.


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