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38 Year Old Disabled Single Mom Seeks Grant Money For Bills And Better Housing

by Tricia Lawson
(South Glens Falls, NY, USA)

My name is Tricia Lawson. I had a car accident in 2008 that herniated a disk in my neck and two in my back, which caused me to be disabled.

It has caused me to not be able to do the things I used to do like fun things with my daughter. And I cannot keep up with all my medical and other bills I have.

I have severe pain in my back, left leg and neck every day and try to do what I can, which is very hard.

I go to the doctor's a lot to try and find some way to ease the pain but so far it has not worked.

I found out after I went for an MRI after the accident that I had a mass in my pelvis and a mass in my neck. The mass in my neck turned out to be cancer on my thyroid and my vascular and the mass in my pelvic was a tumor on my ovary.

I have had four surgeries done from December 2008 to October of 2009. The surgeries were to remove my thyroid completely, remove an ovary and back surgery.

I also had to go through radioactive iodine treatment for the cancer I had and I have to keep being checked every year to make sure it has not returned.

It has been a really rough life for me since the accident and I feel like I will never be caught up on medical or other bills.

It has been really rough on my daughter too to see her mom go through what I have gone through and it's not over yet.

I will never be the same again and that really affects her. I am trying to make her life a normal one but its really hard when I can't do what I used to be able to do and I am always struggling to make sure things are paid.

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Housing Help in New York
by: Katina from Accessible.org

Congratulations on making the effort to submit your story to Accessible.org.

With the publication of your story, you are now well on your way to:

1. Getting your story known to a wide audience that could help you.

2. Getting your story polished up and presentable so you can submit it elsewhere, including the White House.

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

HUD Housing in New York
http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/states/new_york

NRCSHHM
National Resource Center on
Supportive Housing and Home Modification
http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhm/directory/

Please let us know if the resources have helped you in any way.

Katina from Accessible.org

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