Car Accident Disabled Single Mother Seeks Housing And Vehicle Grant Help
by Kelsey Blazik
(Sandusky, Ohio, USA)
I am a 30-year-old, single white mother, disabled in a car accident when I was 16.
We were going east down Mason Road in a red Chevy S10 Pickup truck. It was raining. My friend Liz was the driver. She asked me if I could light her a cigarette. I obliged.
Liz grabbed for her cigarette. When she did so she took the wheel with her. Pretty soon we went off the side of the road into the berm.
The truck started spinning across the road. BAM! We had hit the guardrail and that is all I remember.
I ended up aggravating my back. I have degenerative disc disease, stenosis of the spine, spondylolisthesis and spondylosis.
I had my first back surgery when I was 18. By this time I had already settled with the insurance company for a very small amount. I was young and didn't know that later I would have body problems.
I just thought the ER bills I had were the only bills I would get and need to pay back with my settlement money.
When I was 18 I had my first back surgery due to the aggravation from the car accident. Since I have had nine more surgeries.
Half of my spine is metal. It is put together with rods, screws and pedicles. I was put on pain medication that I could not live without.
I am now 30 years old. Due to being such a big liability no one will hire me for a job. Without any income it is hard paying for my two children, who are eight and five years old.
I do not have housing, and I have no vehicle to get from point A to point B. We do not have buses here and being on a fixed income with no help from housing taxis are too expensive.
We in America are supposed to help one another. America burns millions of dollars a year.
I am reaching out hoping someone can help me with a grant so I can get a vehicle and home for my children and me.
I would love to one day open my own business, possibly a salon, tanning, hair, nails -- the whole kit and caboodle. But first I just need this little bit of money for housing and a vehicle to get to and from school.
I'm taking one step at a time and I'm begging someone to point me in a good direction. Every site I've been to has asked me to pay something. I'm hoping this one is the real thing.
I have had a total of 10 surgeries for my degenerative disc disease, stenosis of the spine, spondylolisthesis and spondylosis.
The doctor who did my surgeries says that he cannot operate again due to the scar tissue, and all the repairs I have had done. If I fall I could be paralyzed, so I really have to watch what I'm doing.
Due to not being able to find work with my type of disability, I am currently staying with friends sharing the bills. I have no transportation because living on a fixed income costs too much and so does a car.
Thank God for Medicaid and Medicare because that covers my doctors' visits and medications.
I have applied for countless jobs. I have a two-year certificate in accounting, business, and marketing.
I have customer service and restaurant training. I even worked for the county, so I have office experience as well.
The jobs are just not available and when they are there are people without my disabilities and restrictions.
I am looking for benefits and grants. I receive SSI and SSDI. I am just so young I didn't have enough credits.
I need some advice or guidance on where to look and what to do, something that does not cost more money.