Disability Grants To Help Bipolar Disorder Disabled Man Build Therapy Practice
by Stephen Lake II
(Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA)
I am 31, male, and a caregiver with no kids of my own.
My father is a minister. My mother was a caregiver and teacher. I came from a military family on both sides.
I finished high school and started working in factories. I played drums in my father's church since the age of 5.
In 2005 I went back to school to study anatomy and physiology. in 2007 I went to school for healthcare. I take pride in service work, working with my hands and helping others.
I am diagnosed with bipolar disorder and manic depression. I was diagnosed at the age of 19. Before then I dealt with depression and ADD.
My mother's also bipolar. Her father's bothers had it. They were all World War 1 and 2 veterans.
Before my diagnosis I did factory work. After my diagnosis I had to file for disability due to missing days of work from being in hospitals and outpatient treatments.
After filing for disability, I went back to school and got a trade in massage therapy and healthcare.
I hope to get back in the working field and run my own practice and do volunteer work for wounded soldiers and single mothers.
I have one vehicle that was given to me after my grandfather passed. He was a WW2 veteran and taught me the value of working hard.
The only valuable property that I own is my massage equipment that I've been building up over the eight years that I've been in the practice.
I also do security guard work. I've worked in clubs/bars. I've worked for senior citizen homes, store security, and personal security.
I also do volunteer healthcare and therapy work for military families. I get a steady income from my SSI that helps with my meds, gas, food and bills.
I go to mental health outpatient treatment once a week. With the skills they teach me I learn to be more healthy and productive.
Massage therapy and alternative therapies is a new passion of mine. I learned so much in school that it even helped me with my own personal problems, physical and mental.
I'm seeking benefits that are going to help me to get back into the work field that I can handle.
My doctor said that I wouldn't be able to go back to the old factory work that I used to do, due to the strong medication that I take.
This is why I went back to school to change professions as well as my working life style to go along with my treatment plans.
This is the only way so far that I can make a decent living, stay healthy and hold my own.
Any grants for a home business or office would be helpful. My goal is to have my own office for my private practice. I would also like advice about volunteer work that I could do.
I'm a massage therapist and nurse's aid. I also study alternative therapies.
This year I've started doing volunteer work for wounded solders, single mothers, etc.
I'm looking to finance a small private practice. I want it to be nonprofit and by donations.
I have most of my equipment that I have saved up throughout the years. I've had over eight years experience in healthcare and alternative therapy.
I have clients in three different towns. Most of them let me come to their house or a friend's, and I set up my equipment there. They are willing to wait until I get my own office or building.