Annie O'Brien

'They knew this was coming up'

Dear people of Brattleboro:

I have been a lifelong member of the area. For the most part, I have had a good life until my partner - my husband of 38 years - died and then things started going south.

My health took a irreversible turn. I had a stroke, and they found blood clots in my lungs. I have mobility issues and breathing problems. I started to not be able to think very well, so I couldn't live alone.

I ended up in the homeless shelter on South Main Street twice. I felt safe.

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