53 Year Old CMT Disabled Veteran Seeks Grant For Move To Florida
by Jim Langsford
(Indianapolis, IN, USA)
My name is James Langsford and I am 53 years old. I have an illness called Charcot Marie Tooth disease, which is a form of MDA.
This illness kills your nerves and muscles in the body. I can no longer walk on my own so now I have to use a cane to help me walk.
I fall a lot but the doctors can't do much about it. My illness is hereditary and there is no cure.
The only thing the doctors can do is give me medicine for the pain which helps but not all the time.
I also take care of my mother who is 80 years old and she suffers from dementia. I also take care of my brother who is in a wheelchair now and he has the same illness as me.
We live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I used to be in the Army, National Guard, and Navy. I have three honorable discharges.
Then I went to work my whole life until two years ago when my illness caught up with me. Then I only had 30 percent of my motor skills left.
I am now on social security and I was blessed because it only took me three months to get approved but I can no longer afford the home I live in.
Since I don't know how much longer I have to live I want to move my family to Florida so we can all be happy.
But we have a problem… we don't have the money and I was wanting a grant so I can move my family down there so I can help take care of them.