39 Year Old CP Disabled Woman Seeks Grant Money For Home And Car
by Andrea Autry
(Batesburg, SC, USA)
I am 39 years old and I have lived with my mother and father all my life.
I am the second of six children. I have one brother and five sisters. I live with my parents while all the other siblings have married or live on their own.
I am a female that can only walk with a walker. It is very hard to understand my speech as I slur my words when I talk.
I was born with cerebral palsy, which was not diagnosed until I was three years old.
When I was born the doctors said I needed to be put on Phenobarbitals for one and a half years. I slept a lot.
My cerebral palsy requires that I now take baclofen, which I receive every month through a needle in my abdomen, where I had a pump surgically placed.
I do receive social security from my father's social security, as does my mother. This is what we live on along with my father's small pension.
My father built a ramp so that I can get into the mobile home we live in, but it is deteriorating and will need to be replaced soon.
I have a lot of difficulty getting in my mothers car, as it is hard to walk and pull myself up into her SUV vehicle.
I tried to work when I was younger but no one will hire me. So I volunteered at the nursing home in town.
I washed sheets and folded them for no pay. After working there for two years they still would not pay me anything so I quit and have not had a job since.
I am looking for grants for housing and for an automobile that is handicapped accessible.
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