Disability Grant To Help Poisoned Jacob Earn More From Book Publishing
by Jacob Drollinger
(Racine, WI, USA)
I am a 44-year-old white man. I have been married to the same beautiful African American woman for 15 years, and we have a 14-year-old daughter together.
My mother is 73 years old. I have a younger brother and an older sister. My father died two years ago.
My disability is complicated and very severe. Twenty-seven years ago I suffered from severe depression, and attempted to take my life twice by overdosing on prescription medication.
Then, in 1988 I tried to kill myself by carbon monoxide poisoning. The results of this failed attempt were brain damage and a severe Parkinson's like syndrome.
I was only partially rehabilitated before I left the hospital two months later. I have no tremor, but my coordination is so bad that I am unable to walk by myself.
All of the doctors I have seen have told me that I would never get worse, and there was room for improvement. However, over the past 20 years or so, I have been confined to a wheelchair and my speech has become very poor.
I started to attend college one year after the poisoning, and four and a half years later, in 1993, I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with my BBA in Marketing.
Finding employment was very difficult. I eventually found a job as a database operator with Funjet Vacations.
The next year, 1999, I met my wife and nine months later we were married. Both of us were working at this time.
In May of 2000, I was intimidated into quitting my job. My wife became pregnant, and I was forced to go on SSI; I had not worked enough to get SSDI.
In March of 2004, my wife was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She qualified for SSDI, and we've been living on her Disability and our daughter's SSI since.
Finances have always been a major issue with my small family. Most months we can just barely pay all of our bills.
The law says that the money my wife brings in exceeds the income limit for me to receive SSI, even though I am still very much disabled.
I have worked with Wisconsin's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), but they have never really done anything for me.
I am, as you can tell, cognitively sound, but my speech, which is very slow and monotone is a huge turnoff for employers.
I am always looking for work, but we live in Racine, WI. Unemployment is an epidemic here.
I would love to work, but no one appears to be looking for someone like me. I am covered by an organization called "Family Care." They have been helpful with adaptive needs, but not much else.
In my abundance of spare time, I have written two novels. I self-published the first one, my memoirs, last year.
I am looking for agency representation for the second. It is entitled "The Next Sport Taken," and is about a young black boy who grows to be the greatest swimmer in history.
I suppose that I should ask for help publishing my book(s). But if no agent wants to represent them, then what are the chances it will sell? I need additional income, plain and simple. If that means working, I'm good with that.