Grant Money To Help Brain Injured Single Woman Rise Above Poverty Level
by Kataryna Joy
(Littleton, Colorado, USA)
I'm 43 years old and single and I consider myself to be a very strong, courageous gal always striving to better myself.
I have always wanted to be a wife and mother, but that has not yet been part of my journey in this life.
Now I'm seeking help after some unfortunate situations occurred in my life.
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When I was 13 years old and in middle school, a bully hit me in the head. Years later she apologized and 27 years later her father apologized. This helped emotionally but did not heal the physical damage that I suffered in that school incident and then a few years afterwards.
When I was 21, a 16-year-old girl crashed her car into mine. It was her second accident. As a result, I had a major lower back injury. I lost three discs and part of my backbone. I am lucky to be walking, as I was partially paralyzed before surgery.
To date, I have no hardware in my back and doctors do not know how I am able to walk. I am grateful to be walking and cherish each step I take.
After being asked to get off a low dose of thyroid, my body went into heart attack symptoms. At the local ER, I was asked if I was allergic to morphine. I told them I was and the doctors attended to my heart issues.
I had no clue that a doctor would not "believe" when you say you are allergic to something. There were even notes showing that I had had this allergy since the lower back surgery.
To make a long story short, the medical people decided to give me medications I was allergic to and more than once. Once they realized what they did, they put me by my car to die. I woke to my life being shattered and my brain damaged.Financial Hardship
I continually have to tend to my lower back as I have been told I can only maintain the situation. I need neurotherapy, chiropractic treatments and exercise machines.
I have only received limited care and I need care that insurance does not cover.
I cannot take medications as it will cause more brain damage and poison my body more.
I also have cervical dystonia from when my brain was damaged. My appendix ruptured in 2012. When I had abdominal surgery in 2013, they could not identify my organs. Now I have an even greater need for medical care that insurance does not cover.
With what I live on, I strive to eat and do things to create health and healing within my body as best I can.Income Efforts
Since the brain injury, I have not been able to even contemplate working, as I am too busy with day-to-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute living. I am not as bad as I was when this first occurred but I still have a ways to go.
Some say a brain stops healing after the first two years. I find this is not the case. I have a list of symptoms I deal with from the brain injury that include: comprehension, speech, verbalizing, memory, math, colors, lines, lights.
I do keep trying to do daily tasks as a kind of rehab to help myself regain what was lost and or damaged. This is working as when I go back to my list of symptoms, I have seen improvement and will continue to try to the best of my ability.Specific Needs
Since the back injury, I have lived below the poverty level for over 20 years. I try to make the best decisions possible with what I have.
I am looking for grants to help with medical expenses not covered by insurance, like chiropractic treatments, neurotherapy, emotional help and functional medical care.
For my brain, I would be looking for grants/help to go back to my doctor for functional neurological care. This would help restore my ability to read, walk through a crowd, have less swelling of my brain, see better and function better all without drugs. This place is out of state.
I also am interested if there is anything out there to help pay down my small mortgage. I have lived under the poverty level but have managed to have a small place to call home. This is a total blessing after being homeless for a season.
Love and support and someone hearing my story is wonderful. Thank you.Business Idea
On day I want to be able to give back when I am able to do something to help make this kind of process easier on a person who has been through challenging journeys as mine.