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2009 was awful for me. It started out O.K., then found out my boyfriend of 3 years, that I lived with and who's company I worked for, was secretly looking for escorts while on business trips and telling various women that we had already split. When I confronted him, he blamed me for invading his privacy and essentially kicked me out at 2 am. That same week, I found out my mom had breast cancer and would be having a radical mastectomy followed by 6 months of chemo. This was 3 years and 1 month after her stroke. Obviously I didn't want to burden my parents with more stress because of my mom's health, so I kept news of the break up from them for a month. It was a relief when I finally did, but had to basically start from scratch again with the job and living situation. I am still getting back on my feet.