Amoda was struck, soon after meeting Twigg in 2017, by how intelligent she was, how fit she looked in sports clothes and how late she stayed to clean after the day center closed.
When Amoda learned who Twigg was, she was surprised that this woman, regarded as America’s best cyclist when she quit in 1997, is homeless today.via Seattle Times
It’s always hard to read stories of how society struggles to help find a place for some folks. Sometimes, we just don’t know what to do.
Twigg said anxiety inhibited her job search. She would apply and get an email about an interview, but she wouldn’t respond. She started experiencing strange sensations in her head and body, but doctors didn’t have any answers. She said she has considered suicide, but is convinced things don’t get better on “the other side.”
And even then she still thinks of others:
“The point is not so much that I need help, it’s that there are a bunch of people who need help — 12,000 in this area, half a million in the country,” Twigg said. “Help should be provided for everybody, not just a few.”
Even if they are Olympians.
We all need a “homebase” and when it disappears we will struggle. This isn’t about “if” but rather “when”. Times will come that will test our resiliency and our resolve, our compassion and our courage.
We can do better.