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Living on a Thin Line

In the Spring of 2007 Lisa and Brian Sedwick, eager to stop paying rent, took their tax refund and purchased a trailer home for their family. Soon after, Lisa began to notice a strange odor and mold appearing through cracks in the walls. Lisa recounts feeling fine outside of the home and getting headaches after she’d return. The children started coughing and their eyes would turn bright red from the toxic fumes. Brain hired a lawyer from Columbus and the couple decided to move into a two-bed room at the Sunset Motel in Athens, Ohio. Six people in one room makes daily life a challenge but the Sedwick’s are determined to sustain a normal life while in legal limbo.

Brian Sedwick, in the doorway, looks on as his kids play outside the Sunset Motel, in Athens, Ohio.  Michael, 10, tries to scare his sister Olivia, 4, while his brothers Brian Jr., 9, and Alex, 8, play football.

Brian Sedwick, in the doorway, looks on as his kids play in the parking lot of the Sunset Motel, in Athens, Ohio. Michael, 10, tries to scare his sister Olivia, 4, while his brothers Brian Jr., 9, and Alex, 8, play football.

Brian Jr., Michael, Alex and Olivia, from left to right, hurriedly prepare for school in the early morning hours.

Brian Jr., in a sleepy daze, takes a moment to wake up before getting ready for school.

Brian and Lisa Sedwick share a laugh as they eat dinner. The experience has solidified an already strong bond between them, “She keeps it all together,” he says.

Michael looks trough his baseball trading cards while the family eats dinner inside. “Privacy can be hard to find in one bedroom,” says his mother Lisa, “we all need to hide away for a while.”

Lisa tries to work at her computer while Michael and Olivia run around the room. “I think the kids still feel like we are camping,” says Lisa, “It hasn’t hit them yet.”

Lisa clutches her daughter Olivia outside of the family’s motel room just before bedtime. “I am the rock,” she says, “but it’s because I take everything in and it hasn’t escaped yet. I’m just waiting for that moment to explode.”


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