Car Accident Disabled Single Mom Needs Van And Power Wheelchair Grant
by Misty Newberry
(Beverly, WA, USA)
I am writing this because I need help, perhaps in the form of government grants for transportation or getting a job or any form of assistance to get my life back on track.
And it's for real I am not the type of person who likes to ask for help because I take pride in being able to do things on my own but this has really gotten me mentally and financially drained and I need help!!
I'm a 38-year-old female who got in a car accident December 13, 2008. It wasn't even a bad accident except for the fact that I am now paralyzed from the waist down due to my back being broke in 3 different places resulting in spinal cord injury, and I was only going 35 mph.
I am a single parent of two for the last 16 years. Now I am in this rut! I barely am able to pay my rent with the disability benefits I get. Welfare won’t pay for me to get a power wheelchair despite the fact that the wheelchair I have isn’t functional for the area in which I live.
I live in a rural community which is lacking in paved streets much less sidewalks. I can’t go outside because when the chair hits the dirt surface it stops so hard that it basically throws me off rudely.
It is both physically and embarrassingly painful for me. So I only go outside when it is necessary to go to the doctor, period. And then, someone has to take me. I NEED a handicap van!!!
I also feel I need some form of independence or I’m about ready to go off the deep end here. I feel I can’t breathe! I can’t work because I have no way of getting there. And also due to where I live, there are no handicap jobs. It is a small community.
Before my accident I was wanting to do volunteer work with the youth in my area but now I am restricted in my ability to do that. The desire has not changed to participate only my ability to fully participate. I've gone through an enormous change and it’s not done yet.
I really want a job. I really NEED a job. I need that stability that comes with having a job. Never would I have thought I would miss it so much. Oh and by the way, I did landscaping before my accident.
I used to do things by myself like going fishing. My kids don’t like fishing so I have to find someone to go with because I can’t go alone.
I need a wheelchair accessible vehicle to go to the store, the doctor’s, places I used to go without having to be totally dependent upon others.
I also need a power wheelchair so I can go outside and not get ejected out of my wheelchair. I need to feel some kind of independence. I need this for my own good and I don’t see anyway of me getting it.
I am desperate. This is why I’m writing this letter. I have very poor credit and with not working no one is willing to give me any loans. I know there has to be some kind of help somewhere, but I have searched high and low with no luck.
It is actually sad I never realized how badly I needed help until I actually needed serious help, and it’s just not there. I need some kind of help. I hope someone will read this and help me because I’m running out of hope quick and that’s not a good thing. Thank you for reading this and may God bless.