When you live on the streets, life is grueling. And stressful. Your focus is survival. Where do I sleep? Where do I eat? Health care—and healthy living—are low priorities when the most basic of human needs are in question.
But when the days turn into weeks, and, then, months (and, perhaps, years), the toll can be staggering.
Bodies take a beating when you live on the street. In addition to exposure to the elements and the risk of assault, chronic issues go untreated and can spiral out of control.