"Tampa Bay Time supported me through a stressful year following four major shocks I experienced in a single week. I learned I have a difficult illness. I lost my closest friend whom I'd cared for during two operations and her long struggle with cancer. Back home after the funeral I discovered that water and mold had destroyed my home--walls, furniture, closets, electronics, clothing, family antiques & pictures and the research archives from which I'd planned to write another book. Then my insurance company told me that while I was away, my homeowner's policy had lapsed and the grace period had expired. People say crises teach you who your real friends are, and TBT friends mobilized for me, photographing black walls, green linens and antiques, collapsed cabinets and soggy music, art and books. They screened contractors and attorneys, rented storage units, and salvaged/sorted/cleaned/packed belongings to store or haul to the dump. They offered massage, acupuncture, yard work and places to live while the condo was being demolished and rebuilt from the studs up. But most importantly, TBT friends offered companionship, forgave the loss of my usual gregariousness, and kept me laughing, for a full year, in spite of my grumpy self. Who knows how I would have made it through without them!" - Marie Nelson @ Tampa Bay Time, Florida http://tampabaytime.org/ . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #rebuilding

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