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50-Year-Old Hard-Working Female Badly Needing Government Grant Money

by Teresa Theodore
(Plainwell, MI, USA)

I'm a 50-year-old hard-working female really needing a government housing or transportation grant.

I was run over by a car trailer with a car on it in 2006. Since then I have gotten CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and I live my life in constant pain.

I used to be able to work three jobs, have food for my family and support my home. Now I am lucky if I can walk to the bathroom. According to the laws here in Michigan I don't have a legal case against the driver.

With jobs in Michigan gone, I have my children living with me, and no one can get hired or get a job. Michigan Works doesn't have enough space or jobs.

We are trying to live and pay the bills from 1000 a month. Consumers Energy is charging me 1500.00 a month for electric and I have had a work order in place since March 2008. And they have sent no one to check the problem.

I need repairs done to my home so that I can try to hold onto the only thing that I have left, so that my family will not be homeless.

My truck is on its last leg. My daughter uses it to get to school. Now it needs a muffler to avoid the police issuing a fix-it ticket at the cost of $500, which I cannot afford. She cannot afford not to make it to school.

My son has been out of work since November 2008. He needs to be certified in order to get a job, but we can't afford the $3000 for classes or certificate fees.

We are only allowed $120 to feed three people from FIA for a month. Winter is coming. I will have to confine myself to bed to keep warm, since I can't afford to move to a warmer climate. I'm not looking forward to the pain.

I need a government housing or transportation grant really really bad. Any help or suggestions would be welcome.

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Sep 29, 2009
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS
by: Anonymous

CRPS is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Anyone dealing with such a chronic condition needs the support of family. CRPS can and often does become a progressive, debilitating condition. Knowing our family is making the effort to educate themselves allows us to focus on our health.

Children are the family members, who initially, are overlooked. There are so many uncertainties and changes with CRPS, it is hard to look beyond our own bodies for awhile.

With older children tell them a little bit about CRPS and some of the outcomes. Tell them exactly how they can help. If the children are very young, keep it simple. Explain mommy or daddy has a boo-boo and sometimes you will hurt a lot. Make them a part of the solution by giving them small chores to do. They can also get items for you, like a can of soda or something easily reachable and light. I know from experience that small children love doing things for their parents. It makes them feel like big kids.

There will be some family members who do not "get it." They may say and do things that are hurtful. Make the effort to educate them by sending them websites. Ask them if they will go to a doctor's appointment with you. Hearing about CRPS from a medical professional can make an impact on family members that you cannot achieve explaining on your own.

Anyone dealing with a chronic condition needs the support of family. CRPS can and often does become a progressive, debilitating condition. Knowing our family is making the effort to educate themselves allows us to focus on our health.

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