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Disability Grants To Help Disabled Single Mom Get Motorized Scooter

by Teri Swalley
(Springfield, Illinois, USA)

I am a 50-year-old disabled female who has been divorced for 16 years. Amidst all the upheaval the last eight years, I also was raising my daughter. She is now 22 years old and still resides with me.

Disability Issues

Eight years ago I had a very traumatic fall that resulted in two spinal surgeries.

In one, I got three discs got removed and replaced with hardware. In the other, I had three fusions. Both were failed surgeries.

The end result diagnosis is that I have is severe nerve damage, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, hiatal hernia, severe (entire) left side neuropathy and severe depression.

My life changed drastically after this and I am fully and totally disabled. I am on six different medications two of which are actual narcotics for pain (Morphine and Norco).

Financial Hardship

I was awarded Social Security Disability (SSDI), which pays $1713 per month. I also receive disability through my State Retirement System of $301 per month.

I am only receiving 50% of my actual annual income until I am able to switch over to my retirement, which is still two years away.

I've struggled for eight years financially and have had to sell my house, car and many various household items to be able to buy groceries, pay outstanding bills and to have extra money for prescriptions.

Income Efforts

Since I am diagnosed as totally disabled, I will never go back to my job of 33 years with the State of Illinois. With that being said, I have many outstanding bills totaling $15,000 that I cannot pay and have been turned into the credit bureau.

I have been declined SSI even though I receive SSDI.

I have applied for SNAP benefits and been denied three times.

Funds are never available through churches, family or friends to help me.

I'm at a loss as to where to turn for financial help.

Specific Needs

I would like info on:
- free financial help grants
- disabled single parent help grants
- grant for motorized scooter equipment;

Business Idea

I have been in contact with a company that will work with me putting my idea into reality for a household item that would beneficial for individuals with spinal problems.

I cannot go further with this due to the amount of money needed upfront to start and finish the entire process.

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