I am a 37-year-old mother of three and I receive Social Security Disability Insurance. As Gina Owens wrote in her guest column “A story from the front line of the Social Security fight” [Opinion, March 2], Social Security Insurance is a lifeline for my family. When I was 16, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In 2012, my disease progressed dramatically, rendering me unable to work. I am saddled with extensive medical bills from Providence-Swedish while trying to provide for my children. The insurance is essential for my family’s well being.

If my benefits are cut by 20 percent because of political posturing in Congress, I do not know how I will feed my children, how I could afford to pay for my housing nor the medications I need just to get by.The prospect of losing such a large portion of my income is terrifying and stressful. Social Security is a crucial program for people of all ages. I agree with Owens: Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell need to step up and protect and expand Social Security, both for retirees and people with disabilities.

Joelle L. Craft, Seattle