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Accident Disabled Divorced Mother Of Two Disabled Teenagers Seeks Help

by Erin Stuhlsatz
(Wichita, Kansas, USA)

I am a 41-year-old mother of two teenagers. One is bipolar/major depressive with severe anxiety and the other has undiagnosed depression. Both of them have been going to alternative schools because of this.

I, myself, have been disabled for 15 years after working at a state run institution for the severely mentally and physically handicapped and injuring myself.

I have been on Social Security Disability since 1999 and have been doing a small transcription job for the past 9 years.

The part-time job that I have has been to supplement my Social Security because it is so meager that my children and I could not survive on it otherwise.

My job allows me to sit, stand, lie down, take my medications and move around as needed, as well as take the day off if I should feel so badly that I cannot do my job.

I am newly divorced and honestly if it weren't for my children's child support, I would not be able to make it on my own.

I want a better life for my children and myself. I have managed to get some of this taken care of for my youngest child by getting her into a program that pays for her counseling and medications.

My ex-husband's insurance that was covering my children and me stopped as of 12/31/09 and since that time, both of my children have been to the emergency room at the local hospital, including my youngest having to be put into treatment for two days.

The insurance that my children have through their biological father pays for some of their medical bills, but still leaves a substantial amount for me to have to pay otherwise, which is hard on an already burdened checkbook.

I have been looking into maybe going back to school and getting some type of degree, not sure what, but something so that I am not a burden to society.

I also want to stop getting down on myself for barely getting by and living from one Social Security check to the next.

I do not like to depend on others, but would like a hand up to get on my feet, be a more productive member of society and be someone my children can be proud of.

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Oct 28, 2010
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Good for you!
by: Anonymous

Erin,

We need more people in society like you. So many times we see people on SSI that appear to be able to work and don't want to. You, however, have a great reason to not work (take care of your kids), but yet you want to. There are many things that you can do to gain income. The job that you are doing is a great one. Perhaps look into bar tending, massage parlors, or even exotic dancing. All are cash based jobs and fairly lucrative. If those don't fit your style, then why not Walmart, McDonalds, etc? You seem to have the drive to work. You did not state your injury, so I am only assuming that you can do most types of work that does not involve heavy lifting, etc.

My hat is off to you! Make an example for the rest of the SSIers to follow. GOOD LUCK!

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