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Blind Counselor Seeks Government Grant Money For School Loans

by Elizabeth K. Miller
(Amarillo, TX, USA)

My name is Elizabeth Miller. I am 40 years old and have been married to my best friend for 16 years.

His name is Dan. He is 42 and together we have two great children. Jacob is 15 and Sarah is 11 years old.

We run a computer business out of our living room. I also homeschool our children.

Our daughter was born in March of 1999, with Mild Cerebral Palsy. She had had several strokes in utero, unbeknownst to us.

We noticed she had trouble learning to walk. Later we discovered the layman's term for this was "toe-walker."

She now wears a brace on her most affected leg. She also goes to physical therapy once a week, and we do physical therapy with her at home as well.

In February 2001, our son was five years old and started drinking excessively, eating excessively and losing weight.

When I took him to the pediatricians' office she immediately sent us to the hospital. For the next five days we were in the PICU.

Our son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His pancreas no longer produces insulin, which is a hormone that everyone needs in order to live.

For the next week we learned how to be his pancreas, through painful fingersticks every 6 hours around the clock, more if he was considered "high" or "low", multiple daily injections of insulin and constant monitoring for ketones.

Ketones are a nasty little by-product for people with Type 1 diabetes that can make them very sick. Sometimes they need re-hospitalization in order to get rid of them. As one can imagine this condition causes many a sleepless night.

About seven years ago, Dan decided to go back to school to earn a degree in computers to make him more marketable and to hopefully expand our business.

However, five years ago he started to have trouble with his eyes. We got the news that he has Cone/Rod Dystrophy.

So he changed his major, after much prayer and soul searching, to Psychology.

Even though the doctors told us it could be years before he went completely blind, it was faster for Dan. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Ashford--blind.

He is now finishing up his Master's degree in counseling from Liberty University. He is in his final year.

As one can imagine our finances are pretty tight. I can't work outside the home as I am needed 24-7 for my family.

I drive them to all of their doctors appointments and drive my best friend to his internship site and also his computer customers. Yes, he is still working on computers. He has trained our son to be his eyes.

The only government assistance we are receiving is Medicaid for our children. It would be nice if his student loans could be paid for.

He really wants to help others, and show other disabled people that they can do more than just sit at home collecting welfare.

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