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Disability Grants To Help Degenerative Disc Disease Disabled Jason Relieve Medical Debts

by Jason James
(West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)

Jason James
Hi, my name is Jason James. I am a 55-year-old man just starting out in the disabled world. I live in West Springfield Ma. My fiancé, who is the love of my life, is also disabled.

I have lived in my own home for the past 10 years and have enjoyed the time that I have had here.

We have a 12-year-old Akita that has been a great joy to the both of us. He is old and has health issues. My lady says that he only sheds twice a year, just six months at a time.

Disability Issues

I have had some back pain for quite some time. I went to a doctor about it, and his answer was, of course you hurt, you're getting older. So I took it at that.

I finally changed doctors and got an appointment with an orthopedist and did some x-rays. Bingo! My neck has degenerative disc disease and arthritis.

He wanted more info so I was sent for an MRI. My vertebrae looked like a Jenga stack with one of the sticks pulled out.

But most of the pain is in my lower back. He told me that the bulge in my back was just a fatty tumor, nothing to worry about.

After months of saying this to my doctor I finally talked him into sending me for a MRI of my lower back. It is eaten up.

I have about five vertebrae that are good, some with tendons pushing on my spinal cord. He said that is why I lose my balance at times when I'm walking. So again, degenerative disc disease.

For treatment I have had some epidurals. The first one was good for about three weeks; the second one made it worse. Now my arms and hands go numb if I raise them above my head.

A neurosurgeon that I saw told me that when I can't stand it anymore, to come and see him, and they would try to help. They can always make it worse, but can't guarantee that it will be better.
Financial Hardship

At this time I have been approved for SSDI. I will receive my first check in November. The amount will be $1841 month.

I left my job In February, and started to receive welfare in April -- $300 a month in cash and $194 in food stamps.

Welfare told me that I would receive a back paycheck from Social Security Disability before my first check, for the months that I didn't receive anything. I have been waiting, thinking that I would be able to get caught up on my bills

I called a lawyer for some information and learned that there would not be anything. I was told that because Social Security lost money by giving me money early, that any money would be going back into Social Security.

Wow! I would think that someone would have informed me of some sort.

I received one letter from Social Security saying that I was accepted and when I would get my first check.

I receive Massachusetts Health for medical insurance and they have been very good with communicating.

I feel like I am going to lose everything that I have worked for. I have borrowed money to get me this far. Now it is money that I can't pay back at the time that I said I would. As it stands now my bills are as follows:

Mortgage -- $790
Auto -- $420 (My fiancé pays half, even though she can't drive, so my payment is really $210.)
Care credit -- $120
Credit card -- $115
Gas -- $30 (It averages $200 in winter.)
Electric -- $50
Auto insurance -- $90
Home Insurance -- $150
Phone -- $50
Cable -- $120
Christian Broadcast Network -- $60

Income Efforts

I have made so many calls trying to get help. They all seem to send me to someone else and before I know it, I am sent back to one of the first calls that I've made. It is very frustrating.

As of now, I haven't looked for any kind of work. I am still trying to absorb my physical and mental abilities.

In an instant, I can go from being somewhat okay, to having to lie down.

I am sure at one point that I will find something to do to help myself. It will have to be something that I can do that isn't going to require me to be at a specific place at a specific time.

After working for the years that I have, I feel like I'm going a little bit crazy, kind of like I'm worthless. I know better than that, but at times it is a battle.

Specific Needs

I have about $120 to make it until my first check that will arrive the second week of November.

I am behind on my mortgage, and by the time that I start to receive payments, it will be three months behind. I have sold just about all that I have had of any value to get to where I am now.

I am hoping to get some assistance to move to Maine. Homes that I have found are affordable and the taxes would be about $500 a year compared to $200 a month here. My mortgage now takes half of my check.

My vehicle needs brakes all the way around. It won't be long before I will not be able to drive it.

I'm not looking for a handout, but a hand up! I need to find some advice, and a grant to assist me, so that I can live on the benefits that I have now.

Business Idea

I love to cook. On the weekends, when I was working, the kitchen was mine. I have cooked a lot of briskets and smoked a lot of pork shoulders.

I noticed that in the comments that I received of how good things tasted, that most people raved about how great the barbeque sauce was. They seemed shocked when I said I make my own from scratch.

So when I am a bit more settled, I hope to head in that direction, maybe a food truck or a café. Or maybe I will be able to bottle my sauce and dry rubs.

When I get going I will employ people with disabilities. There is something that I will be able to do and help others in the process.

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Oct 14, 2016
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Glimmers of hope...
by: Jason

Thank you for the help and for publishing my story. Now the work begins. Thanks again.

Oct 14, 2016
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The Workbook is next...
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Jason,

Now that your story is published, you've earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Cheers!
Don Coggan

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