"the city of VÄSTERÅS. It seemed like a good idea, as a newly-minted retiree. Say up the apartment, buying a caravan, slide down to the south of europe."
"instead, he got prostate cancer and the economy bead, crackle. Now the caravan snowed in on a forest road in Bergslagen and the car unusable in a ditch."
"– I live on a knife edge. There are no margins, " says Jim, 70, who now risk ending up on the street."
"this is a story of how quickly life can turn around for a normal member of society without substance abuse problems."
" People need to realize how fast it can go. Life can change in a quarter of an hour, " says Håkan."
"In June 2015, he filled 67 years. Then he left the job as a actor at ABB in Västerås, sweden after almost 20 years of service."
"When he as a 65-year-old continued to work and suddenly received both salary and pension, step income. But when the work was over two years later, more than halved Håkans monthly income. Here was the pengaraset out in the declarations:
"•fiscal year 2014: 446, 600 sek"
"•fiscal year 2015: 265,000"
"•fiscal year 2016: 185 sek 700"
"Suddenly devoured only the rent and the electricity bill half the income. Then decided it's finally arbetsbefriade 67-year-old in order to realize an old dream."
" I and the dog would go on a road trip, in Sweden and Europe. Just take each day as it came, " says Håkan."
"the Medical examination was a shock"
"An old caravan was purchased and the rented house was dismissed. The departure would take place in april 2016. But a medical check-up in January was a shock. The health center referred to hospital where it was found prostate cancer."
"the News rev up a black hole, both in the psyche and the wallet."
"I got the agony and ended up in a dank depression," says Håkan."
"the Medication was put immediately into and in the autumn of 2016 was conducted radiation therapy. Christmas eve, 2018, he was able to stop taking the medication and is now symptom free."
"During the treatment, on the Mälarsjukhuset in Eskilstuna, drove Håkan to drive to the place every day for six weeks from Västerås, where he just had to stay on the couch of his ex-girlfriend."
"Bensinräkningarna soared. When the treatment just was over, the car's clutch broke, the spring of 2017. The repair cost around 20 000 sek, and he borrowed money from friends to pay."
"– from there it is only downhill, " says Håkan."
"In two years, from the spring of 2017 until February 2, 2019, he lived in his trailer. Daylight saving time is sometimes of the family in the Swedish province of Hälsingland, but usually stagnant weekly in the woods of Bergslagen in order to keep petrol costs down. He fricampade free, but when gasolvärmaren broke, he must start a fire with kerosene."
"”do not Know if you should laugh or cry”"
"– When it is ten, twelve degrees of cold, it goes to 2-3 litres per day. Suddenly, it costs 120 sek a day to have warm in the caravan. You do not know if you should laugh or cry. Then the father fell into a black hole again, " says Håkan."
"Life in the woods alone with the dog was wonderful sometimes. Håkan tells us about the hot autumn, 2018:"
"– Added hourly with Rambo, mushroom picking, clean the holidays. ”Wow, what is that, a wolf!” The next day a lynx as far down in the ditch. When it feels like life is sweet, especially when you try to repress all the expenses."
"But the snow that fell last Saturday put an end to all the plans on the continuation of cheap husvagnsboende."
"– It began to snow something so crazy. I thought, ”I need to get me out of here, to save life”. So I took the car and drove on the forest road to a major road. But 200 metres from the slid the car down into the ditch, got stuck and broke. I got to walk in the snow out to the road with some clothes that I had in the car. Where I managed to be picked up and take me to a hotel in Västerås. My former landlord has contributed money so that I can stay at this hotel for a week. I got tears and extremely grateful when he showed up, " says Håkan."
"”Grown together with my dog Rambo”"
"He sighs and pats the dog, ten-year blandrasen Rambo. It is the two against the rest of the world:"
" During these years, we have grown together more or less. Without him, I don't think that I had been sitting here, it is so simple. Now I have a routine, is forced to go out with him in the morning, a long walk at ten, a turn in the afternoon, then another one in the evening. It keeps running me. "
"When the pension is on the 18th of each month are lost half directly to the handlån he had taken of the good friends. In addition, the bailiff 990 each month, such as the instalment payments of the debts of 157 000 sek. Tusenlapparna over of the total pension of approximately 11 000 sek after tax is not enough by far."
"My dominant feeling is shame, at how my life has become, and the situation that I myself put me in," says Håkan."
"The cramped little hotel room, where Rambo barely fit to be on the floor, is a security only a few days to. On Monday take hotellpengarna end of the year. And some money to fix the car are not."
"– After a long working life where I have never been involved in anything out of the ordinary Svensson-life, feels completely unreal. How I ended up here and where I am. I'm talking with you maybe it can help someone else, " says Håkan."
"' Living in hope of a miracle”"
"twice in the last few years he has asked social services for help. One time was told they could not cover up for the car loan, the next time that he would seek the home yourself. In a brochure that social services gave Håkan, it was that the man did not have any credit history. Curtain."
"" I have devoted these years to keep the color the face of relatives and acquaintances. It's all about denial. Turning away, take it one day at a time. All the time, one lives in hope of a miracle. Slowly but surely, you realize that it's not going to happen."
" I've always thought ”it is you who have asked for it, so you get out it out for yourself also”. But now it feels as if I have reached a dead end. On Monday I meet with the social services again. What I need is an accommodation. "