Disability Grant To Help MS Disabled Sherri With Debt Relief And DNA Testing
by Sherri Michalski
(Clarksville, Tennessee, USA)
I am a 43-year-old woman living with my husband and 22-year-old daughter. I grew up as an Army Brat. In my senior year in high school, I moved to Tennessee with my parents when my father retired after 26 years.
After graduating high school, I married a soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. We divorced after 13 years of marriage.
I married another Fort Campbell soldier three years later. After four years of marriage we were also divorced.
As fate would have it, three years later I married again, but not a soldier this time.
Four years into working for the United States Postal Service I began to get sick. After thinking I needed glasses and getting my eyes checked I was told my optic nerve was swollen and to go see a neurologist.
She ordered an MRI and the results were positive but she wanted to make sure so she ordered a spinal tap. Those results were another positive. I had multiple sclerosis.
During this time I was also involved in a car accident that led me to having to have back surgery. My surgeon gave me a limit of not lifting anything over 50 pounds, which extends to this day. And that was 15 years ago.
Between the back surgery and my MS affecting my strength and headaches, I was fired from the USPS for not being able to do the job I was hired to do four years prior.
Over the years my MS has done different things to my whole body. I have headaches every day. I am tired every day. My arms and legs are weak. I have trouble swallowing sometimes. At times my hands shake. My vision is affected and things are blurry at times.
I slur my speech when I am very tired and my memory is worse every year, where I cannot remember names of people or things at times.
I had to have a vein stripped out of my left leg due to leaking veins. I had to have my tubes tied cause 15 years ago my neurologist said it wasn't a good idea with my MS to have any more children. I have one child.
I was 29 when that surgery was done. A year after being told I had MS I was told I had skin cancer. I had it removed but get it checked every year.Financial Hardship
I am $8284.07 in debt. I get $874.00 SS Disability a month and my husband brings home $560 a month.
I have applied for food stamps and I am waiting on their decision cause with three people in the house and our total income, before taxes, we are borderline of making too much money.
Thankfully I receive Medicare and it pays for my MS medication.
I have a 1995 Saturn vehicle that all three of us share for work and doctors appointments.
My daughter is going to adult education classes to get her GED. If she is not in school or has a job then they will take her off of our application for food stamps and then we will not get assistance because our gross income is too much for two people.Income Efforts
My husband works two jobs when he can find the work, and they are usually seasonal. He has a limited scope of skills -- cooking and landscaping.
My daughter keeps putting in applications around town but cannot get hired due to not having a high school diploma.
I cannot work due to my disabilities.
We live in one of my parents' houses, rent-free cause we cannot afford to pay anything other than utilities.
My parents also lend us money to pay bills when needed and buy us food when needed. My parents are both in their seventies and cannot really afford it, but they do their best. We have no other family that can help us.
My daughter has medical issues of her own and is being checked for MS as well, which I have to pay for because her insurance only covers a certain percent.Specific Needs
I am seeking grants to help me get out of debt so I can stand on my own feet again.
I am also seeking to buy a cheap house in Illinois so I need a grant for a first time disabled buyer cause I cannot get a loan due to my bad credit score of 596.
I would also like to have the money to pay for a lawyer to get my husband's two sons tested with a DNA test due to the fact he feels one child is not his and that would save on the child support that gets taken out of his pay checks weekly.
I have been doing the best I can for the past eight years and I need help.