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Crohn Syndrome Disabled Male Seeks Government Grants and SSI Approval

by Vincent Braun
( LaCanada, CA, USA)

I am a 29-year-old, male, single and the youngest of eight children. Seven of us are still living. One sister died two years ago of cancer/pneumonia.

I live at home with my parents, as I have for the past several years. I have no independent income. I rely on my parents for medical insurance, medications and daily subsistence.

Disability Issues

When I was eight years old, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. I have been on medication for it ever since. At age 10, I had surgery to remove a section of my lower intestine. This surgery was to clear a blockage to allow freer nutrient flow and improve digestion.

It is difficult to eat normally. The threat of diarrhea is always present. This makes it hard to obtain normal employment due to the need of going to the bathroom frequently. (Crohn's disease is listed by the government as a disability.)

Financial Hardship

It costs a considerable amount of money each month for medical expenses and insurance. My parents are paying this from their retirement funds, which will run out one of these days.

Food expense adds more to the cost that they must bear, along with transportation and miscellaneous items. That doesn’t allow much for my social life which consists of TV, reading and online courses. Any financial help would be very helpful indeed.

Income Efforts

During the past year I applied for SSDI. Because I had no record of recent employment and no credits, I was denied twice.

I had a job, but I had to give it up due to my physical limitations since my need to be near special facilities that were not present or available.

I will keep trying.

Specific Needs

I would like any financial benefits, grants and/or low-cost health insurance. Any of that would be very helpful at this time, especially with rising cost of living. Inflation seems to be affecting everything.

I would also like to be approved to get SSI.

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