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Disability Grant To Help Jennifer With Chronic Severe Migraines Buy Bed

by Jennifer Petrofsky
(Temple, Texas, USA)

I am a 39-year-old mother of two. My daughter is 18 and my son is 11. I'm in the process of going through a messy divorce.

My daughter currently lives in Las Vegas, NV with my mother and grandmother. My son has chosen to live with his father in Kentucky.

I currently live in a small town in central Texas. I've lived in major cities for way too many years and have come to dislike the city life.

Disability Issues

My daughter and I moved to Las Vegas, NV with my parents in August 1999. I was lucky to get a job quickly after moving to Las Vegas.

In October 1999 I experienced a headache like I've never felt before. It was so bad that I lost my eyesight. I had to call my parents to come get me from work.

This happened a couple more times, before I went to the hospital. I was referred to a neurologist. I had a CAT Scan and MRI done and was told that I have migraines.

I was given medicines to take when I started to get a migraine. As time went on the migraines became more frequent and the pain medicines didn't help. My doctor started me on preventative medicines, but those failed.

The migraines got so bad that I would lose my eyesight and hearing. I would constantly have to leave work due to the migraines.

In late 2009 I was diagnosed with Chronic Severe Migraines and ended up having to leave work permanently. I am now currently on Social Security Disability.

Unfortunately, we have yet to find any medications that will help reduce the number of migraines I get per month. So far, the majority of the pain medications have little effect on the pain.

Financial Hardship

I'm struggling to pay my monthly bills. I make sure the rent and utilities are paid every month, but that leaves very little money left for medications and groceries.

I couldn't afford to make my truck payment, so the truck was repossessed. I currently have no transportation and I have to rely on a friend to take me to my doctor's appointments and grocery shopping.

After paying all the monthly bills I have a little less than $200 a month for groceries and medications.

Because money is so tight I haven't been able to afford to buy a bed. I sleep on a loveseat in my living room.

Income Efforts

I do get Social Security Disability.

I applied for food stamps and was denied because my income is too high. I have borrowed money from family to buy food.

Due to being 100% disabled, I am unable to work at all. When I had my truck, I used to go out and get scrap metal and cans and turn them in for extra money.

Specific Needs

I'm looking for any grants that might be available for me. I would like to be able to get an economical used car, register the car and insure it.

I would like to be able to have a little extra money left over to buy a bed and sheets for the bed.

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May 30, 2014
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Thank you
by: Jennifer

Thank you for the information about Botox. I did not know that they might be able to help with it. That is something I will look into.

May 29, 2014
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Migraines
by: Anonymous

I to suffer from severe migraines, and have come to the use of Botox every 3 months to prevent them. It does limit the migraines, and Botox will give you the medication free if needed!

Due to never knowing when and how long they would last is very hard to have a job with. I would tell you to at least write to Botox for the medication and try this treatment out. You will never be totally free of them but the severity and frequency will lessen. I too sleep on couch and have gone through a divorce. Just do what you are doing and hope for help to come. That's my suggestion for I too am in need of assistance for RA along with back neck and migraine pain. I wish us both luck but please try the Botox; nothing worked for me either except this treatment.

May 27, 2014
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Thank you
by: Jennifer Petrofsky

Thank you for publishing my story. I really appreciate it.

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