I think the writer meant "throughout" college but no one's paying me to proofread.
I'm a single woman in my 30s with a Bachelor's degree. I live within 35 miles of NYC. I've worked steadily full-time my entire career while living with with two debilitating chronic autoimmune conditions that run in my family and that I developed despite my making healthy lifestyle choices. My former employer fired me after several years when I took two short-term disabilities in a year. Then found a state loophole to deny my unemployment benefits, as they have done to everyone else they selectively fired this year. I'm not eligible for Medicaid in my state as I'm not pregnant or a minor (while also being especially low-income). If I don't maintain my health insurance by paying the $600 p/mo in COBRA I will likely become permanently disabled and therefore unable to work because I can't pay full-price for medications and treatment. I'm currently working part-time and receiving food stamps while I look for full-time work, better-paying part-time work, and await my UIB appeal hearing. I'm unable to waitress, bartend, or dig ditches because of my physical limitations, not because I'm unwilling to. My rent is also very cheap, for which I'm grateful. Before losing my job, I lived entirely within my means and had a modest savings in place for such a hardship. Sorry that I'm sick, single, and on SNAP. At least I eat right, right?