Grant For Accident Disabled Man To Restore Normal Life And Set Example
by James Gurney
(Youngstown, Ohio, USA)
I am a 48-year-old male looking to better the life I spent many years wasting. I drank too much, played too much and basically never grew up.
I did not take responsibility for my actions. As a result I have nothing to show for it.
Today I am a recovering alcoholic. I have ten months sober and have a sponsor who holds me accountable for my actions.
I am entirely grateful to AA for giving me my life back. They are showing me a new way of life.
I had an accident about five years ago. Someone dropped a whole bundle of shingles off a roof. It hit me in the head, breaking my leg on one side and my ankle on the other leg.
About a month after the casts came off, I got out of bed to go to work and I had no feeling in my legs. I was not able to walk.
The doctors performed all kinds of tests. Eventually I started regaining the use of my legs; however, it caused numerous injuries to my back.
I had back surgery a year ago but still suffer severe burning in my left leg. This is a daily thing. The doctors tell me it is permanent nerve damage.
I cannot stand or sit for prolonged periods of time without immense pain.
I have filed for Disability but that is a very long process. I live in a room for which I am very grateful, but I would like to be able to afford an apartment.
That being said, right now I can't even afford basic cable or my own computer.
I don't drive so I rely on public transportation. This limits me as to where I can go because I can't afford a monthly bus pass.
I have to take blood thinners because of a blood clot I had in my lungs and I have to visit my doctor once a month to have my blood checked.
I only get $115 a month to live off of. By the time I buy basic necessities I don't have anything left.
I have applied for Social Security Disability but like I said that is a long drawn out process.
I have worked for a few temp services but they always let me go. They say I am not able to perform the basic tasks continuously for an eight-hour day, whether it be a stand-up job or a sit-down job.
I am 48 years old and I am not used to not being able to provide for myself.
I am seeking a grant to supplement my income until I find out if I am eligible for Social Security Disability.
I just want to a have the basic things in my life. I am trying to better myself. I want to be a better person to myself and to my family.
With no income right now, it's kind of hard to keep my morale up, but the God of my understanding assures me that he will provide for me.
I would like to be out in public more so that I can show my experience, strength and hope to the youth of today so they don't have to choose the way of life that I did.
I want to be a living example to them that they don't need to use drugs or alcohol in their lives, and that the world has so much to offer if they would only stay on the right path.
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