Grant Money To Help Accident Disabled Woman Amputee Regain Independence
by Elsie Barrett
(Washington, DC, USA)
My two daughters are young "ladies." When I observe them, I realize that I reared them well.
My two grandchildren are prospering by their mother's rearing as well. One is in college; the other is in the military.
I have five sisters, four parental, one that adopted us as her play sister. Our relationship with her goes beyond play sister; she is our "sister."Disability Issues
Let me just say, I was having a wonderful time in life, early retiree, and enjoying every aspect of it.
I am a 62-year-old woman who was struck by a car in 2006 and rendered disabled.
I am now an amputee, right leg above the knee. I have rods and screws in my right arm and left leg.
I depend on Social Security Disability for my income. This has really been a blow to my self-esteem and I no longer feel independent.
I've had nearly 10 surgeries on my body since 2006.
It seems every time I have something go wrong with my body, it's always linked to that car hitting me.
And I have no memory of the incident. None. My doctors say, "It's good you do not remember; the impact had to be extremely painful. The driver had to be going an excess of 42 miles an hour; you more than likely were thrown into the air."
And, because I could not remember, I wasn't able to get any lawyer to take my case. No one, and I contacted the best.
So I've never been compensated for the loss of my limb. At this point in my life, any grant or other funds I can receive would be a much needed funding for me.Financial Hardship
I would use the money to purchase a vehicle that could be customized with a wheelchair lift so I can get around without having to depend on transportation that can be costly to a low-income person like myself.
I'd also like to purchase or get a rent to own a one-level house, or condo, specially designed for a person who is disabled.Income Efforts
I was blessed when applying for SSDI, because I have: an amputated right leg above the knee, hardware in my right arm, hardware in my left leg. The in-take representative approved my application right then and there.
I was able to retire from my job early; so I have that income as well. However, that is taxed to the max, so to speak.Specific Needs
I am seeking grants to help me:
- finish school
- cover my medical expenses (which are out the roof)
- pay for an in-house program to assist with my depression, anxiety, lack of self-esteem
- drive again
- pay for an inexpensive personal trainer
- find a stylist to help with a wardrobe for an amputee