Accident Disabled Retired Teacher Seeks Grant Money For Accessible Bedroom
by Patricia A. Stevens
(Russell, KY, USA)
I am presently on disability retirement. I retired from teaching approximately eight years ago.
I have suffered with neck problems since I was a teenager. I was in a car accident in the 60s. Over the years, I went from one doctor to doctor.
I was granted a disability scholarship that enabled me to get my college degree. I always wanted to be self-sufficient.
My father died at the age of 38, and I watched my mother struggle to make ends meet. She instilled in her children a work ethic.
I taught for several years, but I still suffered from extreme pain in my neck. Finally, one morning I woke up to numbness on my left side.
I was rushed to the hospital where I was told that I must have surgery immediately. I did have surgery in which they put plate, eight screws and cadaver bone in my neck.
It was then that I knew that I would have to quit working. The pain is still chronic. I now have extreme pain in my feet and arms.
I have had foot surgery to repair a bone that had chipped off. The pain in my joints is overwhelming, and walking has become tedious.
In addition to the pain, my husband and I had to file bankruptcy. We lost all our savings and retirement. Life seems to have taken one bad turn after another.
No one could have convinced me that at this stage of my life I would be in poor health and bankrupt. It's painful, and it's embarrassing.
The purpose of the letter is to ask for a grant so that I might add a downstairs bedroom to my home.
All my bedrooms are upstairs and I find it difficult to maneuver the steps. Sometimes I find myself actually crawling up them at night.
I would move, but I couldn't get financing with our bankruptcy. I would just like one thing to go my way. Lately, life has been one battle after another.
In closing, let me say that if it had not been for President Johnson who extended Social Security to the children of deceased parents, and my disability scholarship, I would never have gotten my education.
Thank you and I appreciate any assistance that you might render me. Sincerely, Patricia A. Stevens
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