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How JustAnswer made Mother's Day a little brighter

Author (Sally) leaning on big chair where her mother is seated, facing forward.

Sally Grottini and her mother.

How JustAnswer made Mother's Day a little brighter

By Sally Grottini on May 10, 2013

This Mother's Day I'm very thankful that I can spend quality time with my 92-year-old mother, and JustAnswer has been a big help.

I have been a dog-training specialist with JustAnswer for many years, and though it started out as more of a desire to educate dog owners and to prevent more dogs from ending up in shelters for their unwanted behaviors than a need for money, I now find myself more in the need along with a side order of desire.

Just two weeks after I applied for a leave from my job to care for my mom (who raised 6 children), my husband lost his job. When I called my workplace to see if I could get my hours back, sadly they, too, were suffering from the economic downfall and my hours were no longer available.

There is an awful feeling in the pit of your stomach when you lose a job. It doesn't matter if you are just a victim of circumstance. You feel like you have failed, let your family down. And the long haul it takes to find another job does indeed at times weaken the mind and body.

The downfall of this economic rollercoaster is slowly making its way into the upper middle class, and I found myself on that rollercoaster going for a wild ride and spinning out of control.

How will I pay my bills? I thought. I have never defaulted on any company from which I had borrowed, yet now I find myself picking and choosing between credit bills, mortgage, food, and health care.

Thankfully over these last few months JustAnswer has been keeping me afloat, allowing me to hold onto the home I have been in for 20 years, but like everything else in life, nothing is certain. That being said, I am thankful that JustAnswer has been there for me in the good, the bad, and the desperate times.

Because of JustAnswer I am able to keep my mother with me, and not put her among strangers when she had given up so many of her years to help her children. I am able to pay for heart meds and health insurance that is needed for my husband after his surgery, and thus far I have not had to make that choice between who will get paid and who will not be paid -- and for that I am grateful.

Sally Grottini is also the author of "Turn Your Dog into a Therapy Dog" and the memoir "Call Me Tiger."