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Disability Grants For Stoke Disabled Mark To Start Brewery Business

by Mark Johnston
(Belleville, Ontario, Canada)

I would like to start my story in my childhood as it is relevant to what happened later in my life. You see, my mother was a religious zealot and my father was an alcoholic.

Mark Johnston scarfing down the KFC.
Mark Johnston scarfing down the KFC

They went together like oil and water. There was never a peaceful day in our house.

This took a terrible toil on a young boy's mind, so when I got a little older I tried to be the guy that was cool and always in control.

This was very hard on me, I remember my thoughts racing all night long. I remember being right on top of things for a while and then feeling like a complete bag of sh*t for a while.

Of course, I had no idea what was going on I thought it was normal, but soon I discovered alcohol and it helped me cope.

By 19, I was a full-fledged alcoholic and somehow I managed to get an education and serve an apprenticeship. I became a millwright but I really don't know how.

Disability Issues

I suffered a massive stroke in 1994 at the age of 39. The doctors couldn't find any physical reason for my stroke that left me a quadriplegic.

I am sure it was caused by my tumultuous childhood and my alcoholism.

About four years after my stroke I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was prescribed several medications. Man what a difference! If only they had discovered this when I was healthy.

Financial Hardship

I gave my ex-wife Power of Attorney and things were fine for a while, but then she took off with all my money and put me in a long-term care facility.

She somehow sold the house and took the money from that too, so I ended up with no money except for $953.86 from CPP and $143 from ODSP per month.

At Hastings Manor I pay $956 a month for rent, laundry, and general care.

I pay approximately $100 a month for my cable; it varies from $143 to $71 a month. Don't ask me why.

I purchase clothing and bathroom supplies with what's remaining.

Income Efforts

To put it simply, there is nothing I can do to make my income any better.

I cannot move my body at all except for limited movement in one hand. I had to type this very slowly, so physical work is out.

Also, I cannot speak clearly so telemarketing or something of that sort is out.

The only thing I see is to start my own business. I could oversee the day-to-day operation and send out memos when there was a problem.

Specific Needs

I need help going to the bathroom. I have bowel and bladder control but it is not nearly as good as it was before the stroke.

I need assistance to get up in the morning and dressed. I need to lie down for an hour or so around noon as my buttocks start to hurt very bad by then.

I also need assistance to be repositioned in bed at night.

Business Idea

I would like to open a small brewery. I have always been fascinated with brewing beer so it seems like a natural extension to open a brewery.

I have a business plan all ready for anyone that wants it.

I consider it to be my karmic duty to give back to the disabled community. I could supply eight jobs for the disabled if the brewery is allowed to become a reality.

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Aug 24, 2016
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Hi Mark!
by: Rebecca

Hi Mark,

I am very sorry of what happened to you. I very well understand it is painful for one to become disabled when grown. But I agree with you to start a business of your own. Secondly thank Ability-Mission.org for publishing your story for others to learn and understand how people over there are suffering.

May God bless you to get sponsored.
Rebecca

Aug 14, 2016
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by: John Renaud

Hi, I feel for you and I understand you well, having problems of my own. Have you tried to get help through your province? Each one have programs for people with disabilities.

Aug 12, 2016
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Next step is the Workbook!
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Mark,

Good job on your story. Now you have access to the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to get the help you need.

Best,
Don Coggan

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