Epilepsy Disabled Single Father Seeks Grant Money For Independence
by William Spearrin, Jr.
(Auburn, ME, USA)
My personal situation is that I have 2-10 temporal lobe epileptic seizures a day, which affect every aspect of my every day life.
There have been years when I was seizure free and got to drive for four years. There were times when I had 300 seizures a day and couldn't leave my house.
I can't drive obviously so I have to pay somebody to give me a ride everywhere I go, or have somebody accompany me wherever I go so that I am safe (and/or get medical attention) in the event of a seizure in public. That is my transportation life issue.
Also as a result of a lack of independence I suffer from newfound mental issues at the age of 31. I can't cope with several things about my life that I would like to change, and I guess that is what I am working on with this.
I would like to give my son the childhood that I had, but I had two working parents my entire childhood, and my son only has me when he is here, and I can't do much for him.
Basically I wish I could be a better parent than I can afford to be working with what I make on disability, and it is starting to affect me mentally.
That is aggravated by the fact that I need company when I have my son sometimes if it is a "bad weekend" with active aura activity or seizure activity, whichever.
On that same note I am also unable to provide for a family like I would like to be able to. I would love to be the workingman for a family.
I'd love to have a housewife if I could find such a woman, but I am doomed to be the housewife for as long as I can see into the future.
So I can't drive, and I can't be a proper male authority figure for my son. It stinks, and I do as well as I can. I truly come unglued sometimes though.
I hurt everywhere all the time from top to bottom, but don't take painkillers to avoid addiction. I'm at the end of my line and need help with something somehow.