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Accident Disabled 41 Year Old Woman Seeks Grant For Nursing School

by Laryssa L. Estes
(Newport, Tennessee, USA)

I am a 41-year-old woman. Thirteen years ago, I became unable to work a full time job, and do other things in life that other people can do.

I was struck by a car in August of 1997, and it totally changed my life. My left leg was broken and almost torn off, and to this day I still have trouble walking.

In fact, the majority of my on-going issues are related to the injuries received to my leg, such as how long I can sit or stand without the pain becoming unbearable. Not to mention the problems I have with balance and equilibrium now.

The other injuries I received were as a result of head trauma that has caused me severe headaches, double vision and memory problems, both short-term and long-term.

I deal with mental issues as a result of this accident that cause mood swings and depression because it has not been easy to accept that I am viewed as "different" or incapable of doing what use to be normal.

I have back problems as a result as well and have been limited to lifting nothing heavier than a milk jug (per doctor’s orders).

With these injuries and restrictions, getting or holding down a job has become almost impossible, as most jobs require physical labor and usually do not want the burden of making special accommodations just to have another employee.

I was living in Tampa, Florida, at the time, and getting a job there had never been an issue prior to my accident. I moved to Newport, Tennessee, a few years back. But to no avail, I have had no luck.

I am currently taking care of a 67-year-old man who has Muscular Dystrophy. Aubrey is my friend and companion so I do all that I can to help him. He's unable to take care of himself, or do daily activities.

I am thankful my son and his fiancé live with me, as lifting Aubrey is not something I am able to do. While my disabilities limit my capabilities, it does not change my desire to help others.

Taking care of Aubrey has sparked my long time dream of being a nurse. I feel that there has got to be something I can do to make my dreams happen.

I want to go to college and establish an academic background so that potential employers will see my determination and may be more likely to give me the chance I need to make this happen.

If I were to receive a grant, I feel that this would help give me the advantage I so need to move forward, as I do not have any income that could otherwise help me accomplish my goals and dreams.

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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:

Resource 1:

Knoxville disABILITY Resource Center (DRC)
http://www.drctn.org/

900 E. Hill Ave., Suite 120, Knoxville, TN 37915
Phone (865) 637-3666

Resource 2:

TN.gov
Tennessee Resource Guide
http://www.tennesseeanytime.org/residents/disability.html

In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Katina from Accessible.org

Good luck!

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