John Tupper and his family are one of many who had to flee Fort McMurray on May 3, 2016, but he was one of the lucky ones whose home wasn’t destroyed by the wildfire.
However, that doesn’t mean they escaped hard times.
Tupper told Global News, it started after they’d returned home and were trying to get back to normal when his wife told him she was pregnant.
“It was a Hollywood ending to our story I thought and it turns out we had a miscarriage. Sometime in mid-October we’d just visited family in Edmonton and I came back to find out I’d lost my job, and it wasn’t due to anything I’d done it was just that the fire had dried up the work that I was doing.”
He said it just felt like one thing after another.
“You know work through a lot of the struggles that come from this and you don’t plan for this in your life, they don’t teach you how to deal with this so that’s been a learning curve. And you know there’s been some hard times in the past year I’m not gonna lie.”
However Tupper said he feels his relationships with friends and family have gotten stronger.
“You can lay it out and just be honest because everybody’s going through it and, you know there’s not right way or wrong way to go through it. So I find in many ways my relationships are stronger because you don’t have to pretend to be strong, you can just say, you know here’s what it is today.”
Tupper said things are starting to get better, his wife is pregnant again and he’s found part time work.