The story of Alex and her wife

01.07.2022 | Nick Tomilin — No comments

Another incredible story of a wonderful Ukrainian LGBTIQ* family! It is the best proof of all our efforts and your donations to help the victims of war.

Our collective contribution is more important than ever!

“I am Alex, 43 years old. We are an LGBTIQ* family: me, my wife and her mother – a wonderful and accepting woman to whom I bow deeply. And our cat Lucy.

Alex and her wife. Photo: Alex (the author)

Now we are in Kharkiv, but originally we are from Slovyansk. I am a chef with 20 years of experience. We worked a lot, but when we had a day off, we usually hiked because we really like old cities and buildings. Whenever it was possible, we worked out a route in advance, took photos, or looked around … it was so amazing!

The war was like a cold shower

On February 24, I woke up around 6 am and opened social media… A feeling of surrealism and a cold shower. I woke my wife with the words: ‘My darling, there is a war out there.’ And then everything is gone: The work, the plans for the spring and summer, the everyday moments, from the little things to the repair of our old house.

Family cat Lucy. Photo: Alex (the author)

Life was clearly divided into “before the war” and “now”. We had also planned to get married somewhere in Europe, which was also ruined. In March, our friends from Kharkiv were evacuated and offered us to move into their apartment, and now we take care of their flowers and fish. But then we had nothing left for which we could have bought even a loaf of bread.

Besides, you can’t explain to the animals why weren’t they fed. And the nerves began to aggravate health problems. All the needs piled up at once – food, feminine hygiene, painkillers. Thank God that the city of Kharkiv does not yet require us to pay for utilities. At some point, our friend wrote in Telegram: ‘Alex, there is an organization that really helps, be sure to contact them.’ We didn’t text them right away – we were very embarrassed to ask for help🤦🏻♂️.

Life in the desert

But everything worked out great – we got an answer the very next day. We received the money by card transfer. After that, we immediately ran to the pharmacy, bought food for the cat, and only later cereals, potatoes, flour and chicken for us. Imagine you are in the desert and have not drunk anything for three days when suddenly a canister of cool water is handed to you. That’s precisely what happened with us, thanks to your help. It saved us and will continue helping us.

A deep bow to you, your organization and everyone involved 🙏🏼 You find the strength and resources to help many people and save lives. Thank you for being there for us!”

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