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Disability Grant To Help Multiply Disabled Woman With Student Expenses

by Catherine
(Columbus, MS, USA)

Hello! I am a 32-year-old married female with no children. I am disabled and unemployed and so is my 32-year-old husband.

In 1992, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 14. This was the start of my medical illness.


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I suffered with this disease for six years. In 1998 I had ileostomy surgery, which has left me today with no colon and large intestine.

In 2000 I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease for which I began dialysis treatments three days a week for four hours and 30 total per treatment.

In 2002, I received a kidney transplant. Today I am still transplanted and in fair health, taking numerous prescription drugs to maintain the kidney.

I am also a Type 2 diabetic and suffer with sleep apnea. I sleep with a C pap machine.

My normal life consists of frequent doctor visits and lots of blood drawing. I have zero dental coverage and my mouth is in poor health. I need dental work I can't afford.

Although I have been through a lot, I am a college graduate holding a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree.

My husband and I brought our home in 2005 in Mississippi around the time Hurricane Katrina hit.

Today we still have our home but we are struggling with the mortgage and our finances in general. I need help paying for student aid and other expenses.

I get no help with transportation expenses for doctor visits and I have numerous hospital bills.

I have to travel out of state to the University of Alabama at Birmingham clinic to see the kidney transplant team.

I live in Mississippi and I have to rent a car to travel, because my own car is not dependable for travel.

I get $17 monthly for food stamps, and under $700 in Social Security for living expenses each month.

I have more debt than income. I need a grant to assist with medication that is not covered by the Medicaid D prescription drug plan.

I get a limited supply of Hollister products for my ileostomy. I have to wait 13 days after the 1st of each month to get those because Medicare only pays every 30 days. I pay out of pocket for a small supply totaling $120.

I get tired of countless collection calls from creditors for doctor bills. I am stressed from the inability to pay my bills, which in turn plays on my health.

My husband was born with a heart defect and has been disabled all his life. We travel over three hours to see his heart specialist and he is also type diabetic. We both are insulin dependent.

We struggle and it is hard just to afford gas for our vehicles. I just want to share my story in hopes that someone will listen and grant me the help I so desperately need.

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by: Kim Hubbard

I'm sorry to hear that things are so difficult right now. I encourage you to visit http://www.ability-mission.org/benefits. There you will find instructions on how to use a government website that asks a series of questions that gives you some answers for funding. There are a variety of funds that are not common knowledge and they can be found there, based on specific criteria. Hope this works. Let us know.

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