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Bipolar Disorder Disabled Woman Seeks Government Education Grant Money

by Barbara Jeleane DeAnda
(Bryan, Texas, USA)

My name is Barbara Jeleane DeAnda. I am from Bryan, Texas. I am 29 years old.

I live with my grandmother Olga DeAnda, who is a retired teacher. She raised me from birth. She is 81 years old.

I have three children but they live with family.

I want to be a psychologist or licensed chemical dependency counselor.

I was a Presidential Scholar at Blinn Community College in the Fall of 2002.

I am single and have never been married. My father died when I was nine years old and my mother lives in Arizona.

I love learning and being taught how to do things.

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was nine years old. I began going in and out of psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers when I was about six years old.

I am fully disabled. It is believed that I am bipolar because mental illness runs in many generations of my mother's family.

I am currently receiving treatment for bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress syndrome, anxiety, and depression for the Brazos Valley Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority.

I am trying to get back into Blinn Community College but I am unable to get the money to enroll. We have no vehicle here to get around to do simple basic errands. I have no money to cover things like school supplies or clothes.

I was awarded SSI in January of 2012, and I receive $465 every month.

I have been unsuccessful in finding any type of work due to my lack of work history. I have not been able to hold a job for more than two months at a time.

I have applied for personal loans and school loans but have been denied repeatedly.

I need a grant to enroll in school and have it cover tuition and books plus expenses for supplies and clothes.

I need a grant for a vehicle to be able to get to school.

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