Disabled Foundry Worker With CMT Seeks Government Disability Grant
by Jeff Meyer
(Greendale, IN, USA)
I am 47 years old and have worked since I was 15. But then after a bad accident at a foundry where I worked in 1999, I was told I had CMT (Charcot-Marie-Tooth) disease.
CMT is a neurological disorder that renders me unable to walk (or even stand) very well. It is now moving into my hands causing loss of dexterity and grip.
Even though I had this disease I continued to work till 2005 when it got so bad I was a danger to coworkers and myself.
I then tried to go to college for two years but that became too much.
Not wanting to give up I tried to reenter the workforce in February of 2008, but was let go after two weeks because I was a health risk to myself and coworkers.
This was a job I really liked and I liked the people I worked for and with. My boss told me I was a good worker and if I ever got better to come back.
But there is no cure for CMT and little to no treatment.
In 2009 I had no other option but to go on disability. The very small check I receive barely covers my living costs.
I got engaged in 2004 but my dream of getting married and getting a place of our own is all but gone. My fiancé is still with me and is a Godsend to me. She is my heart and soul. I think it's only because of her that I continue to have a positive outlook.
I had to move in with parents to make ends meet, but expenses keep piling up anyway.
My vehicle has broken down and is going to cost over $4000 to repair. And a few weeks ago, I had to go to the hospital's ER, and am probably looking at another big bill there.
My whole life I've always been the type of guy that would help my friends and neighbors and accept nothing in return. Now I am the one that needs help and I'm sinking fast.
Asking for help is something I hoped I would never have to do. I'm trying to keep a positive outlook on things but it's getting very hard to do.
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