Disability Grants And Help For Marissa To Live More Comfortably With Multiple Sclerosis
by Marissa Farnes
(Mount Pleasant, Utah, USA)
I am a 33-year-old female currently residing in Mount Pleasant, Utah.
I have an amazing 11-year-old son, named Phoenix, who is the apple of my eye.
I am currently separated and going through a divorce with my husband of 14 years.
I come from a rather large family. I have four older sisters, three older brothers and three younger brothers.Disability Issues
In 2005 I gave birth to my son. A week later I started to get electrical shock sensations down my right leg.
Over the next two years I would lose function of various places on my right side. They would go back to normal within a week or two so I never worried about it too much.
In February 2007 the whole right side of my body lost all function and I was admitted to the hospital. After a series of tests I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Treatment was going well until about two years ago when my right leg stopped responding to me.
I was awarded Supplemental Security Income, which pays $733 monthly. SSI allows me minimal work opportunities due to my disability.
I am about to lose my insurance once my divorce is final. I am really worried about being able to afford my medical care, so I need to get on Medicaid.
I also live two hours away from my doctor and don't always have gas to get to appointments.Income Efforts
I have applied for low-income housing and I am currently on the waiting list. Thankfully I have an amazing sister who recently let me move into her home with her two kids.
I have tried selling products online with no luck.
A grant to go back to school would help me get a good-paying career.Specific Needs
I'd like to get:
- Info on school grants so I can go to college
- Medicaid so I do not have to stop treatment when I lose insurance
- Physical therapy so I can try to remind my leg it is part of my body
- Advice from others who have gone through similar situations