by The Regina Leader-Post

Constantly struggling with debt nearly cost Diana her life.

Putting her head in her hands, she slumped in her chair at work and sobbed as she planned how to kill herself.

“I’ve always struggled with money,” says the Regina woman, whose name has been changed to protect her identity. “I love to spend it and I’m very good at it ... I’ve struggled with finances even back to when I first left home. I’ve had trouble saving and had lots of credit cards.

“I’ve got myself into more trouble than I can even begin to remember.”

Compulsive debtors like Diana take shopping to an extreme.

“Lots of times, they will have clothes in their closet that they’ve never worn and the tags are still on,” Diana says. “But it’s just that compulsion to spend money.”

She’s lost count of the loans she’s taken out to pay off credit cards.

Read more of Diana's story, how she found help, and how hundreds of people across Saskatchewan are receiving help with their debt.