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Disability Grant To Help 45 Year Old Bipolar Betty Jo With Debt Relief

by Betty Jo Drenning
(Altoona, PA, USA)

My name is Betty Jo Drenning and I am a 45-year-old female. I have two adult daughters who are 21 and 22 years old.


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One is attending college and the other is a stay at home mom. I also have a 15-month-old granddaughter and another one due in a few short months.

Disability Issues

A number of years ago I had started receiving Social Security benefits, which equal now around $741 per month. Just recently it went over to Social Security Disability.

I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression. It turned into a lifetime disability, making it impossible to function normally in public or hold any kind of job, let alone function in everyday life.

Life with these disorders is very difficult, It's almost as if you're riding a roller coaster all the time. Some days are good and other days the bottom drops out. Trying to explain it and get people to understand it is almost impossible too.

Financial Hardship

Having this limited income makes it extremely difficult to make ends meet. I barely have enough money to pay rent, or bills, car insurance or car repairs.

I would love to be able to help my family more when they need it. No matter where I've turned the answer is always no, whether it's because of bad credit or whatever.

I have almost given up all hope. And although I've been telling everyone that everything is fine, deep down in my gut I know it's actually not or could be better.

All the worrying and stress believe it or not just adds to mental disorders and drives you down further.

Income Efforts

I am currently on Social Security Disability.

My disability prevents me from getting employment.

My family members are strapped themselves and my circle of friends is very small. In addition, they have their own families to support.

Getting a grant would be a huge help and a blessing.

Specific Needs

I am seeking a grant to help with debt and bills that I have fallen behind on and possibly to be able to help my children as well.

I don't know where else to turn. I don't like the idea of struggling or having my children not be able to come to me for help.

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