ADHD Disabled Single Mom Seeks Grant Money For Education And Business
(Sioux Falls, SD, USA)
I have been a divorced single mother since 2004. I am 55 years old. I have a wonderful teenage daughter who resides with me.
We had a car/pedestrian accident that left my former husband physically and mentally handicapped. I became the sole emotional, physical, and financial provider for my daughter Jessica.
I was diagnosed with ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety in 1996 post the birth of my daughter.
I believe ADHD was present during my school career but went undiagnosed until I was 38. My grades were low. I ranked 33 in a class of 112.
I believe that the co-morbid diagnoses of anxiety and depression were present during my childhood just as they are today.
During post high school, I worked as an optometric assistant/optician for 15 years. I dealt with many dismissals and forced resignations for failure to meet the standards of the position and poor performance.
I re-trained in 1991 for a career as a Registered Nurse. It was shortly after I got my license in 1996 that I realized and seemed to have more difficulty with time management and disorganization. It also included short-term memory and impulsivity that I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
I continued to be non-successful at work. I have been unable to maintain employment for more than 18 to 24 months at a time. I was continued to be dismissed for performance issues.
In 2001, I separated from my physically, emotionally, and financially abusive husband. That was shortly before his life changing car-pedestrian accident happened.
I continued to have difficulty with retaining work for any length of time.
At some time prior to 2007, I was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome and panic attacks. I was treated for severe depression. I was hospitalized in a behavorial health facility on 2 occasions in 2008 and 2009.
I continue to receive medical and psychological treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity. I have faced long episodes of unemployment since 2009.
Recently, I was granted disability by SSI for my depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and sleep apnea.
My house is in foreclosure for non-payment. I have had difficulty with my electrical, gas, water, and food bills.
My savings got exhausted during the last 3 years of sporadic employment.
I do not have health or prescription and dental insurance. I have received my medical and psychological care through the local free clinics for the last 5 years.
My dental health is poor. I continue to look for employment because my SSI will not cover my expenses. I have not been able to pay 2 hospitalizations that I had.
I pay for my own medications and CPAP supplies.
I have a car since public transportation is difficult in this rural area. I manage to keep my car insured with limited amounts of gas each month.
I have continued to retain my Registered Nursing license. I have been certified as an ADHD Life Coach. I continue to look for employment in these areas.
I have had some success with self employment as an ADD coach at home. I also have temporary employment as RN.
Family members have helped me on occasion when monies were short with utility disconnections and my car was repossessed.
I have received food from our local food pantry and church giveaways. I recently qualified for food stamps and SSI of which benefits have not started.
I would like to seek a grant for school to certify as a Neurofeedback technician. I also need a grant to start my own small business in which I practice Neurofeedback along with my ADHD Coaching practice.
The cost to certify is about $2000. The Neurofeedback EEG machine is $10,000 and the start-up expenses for 3 months are estimated at $8000.
I have experienced Neurofeedback myself with wonderful results for ADHD. I can only imagine the results that my ADD coaching clients would also receive.
The benefits are well documented for ADHD, depression and anxiety as well as sports performance. I like how many people with ADHD believe that I would be successful in owning, managing, and operating my own business.
I am looking to finance a Neurofeedback machine that I would use with my ADHD Coaching Business.
This is a business that I feel would be well received. This is because many are looking for alternative therapies to pharmaceuticals. Even with meds, it also enhances performance.
I could easily maintain it as I would work independently and with scheduled appointments. The current asking fees are $80 to $100 per hour with the usual course of therapy being 10 sessions.
I anticipate seeing approximately 16 patients a week = $1600 weekly gross and $6400 monthly. I love to work and be of service to others who have shown determination through life.
Working with ADHD clients has been a wonderful experience because I had the opportunity to work with people similar to me. This allows me to easily communicate and work with others to understand ADHD and how it affects people’s lifestyle.