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Grant To Help Bipolar Disabled Woman Improve Home And Start Business

by Teresa Coffey
(Campti, Louisiana, USA)

I am a 53-year-old woman with two sons and two wonderful granddaughters. I currently live with my most wonderful sister who is helping me as much as possible.

I am a three-time divorcee. I was a pipe welder for 28 years and thought I was a productive citizen who just worked hard, believed in God and paid taxes.


I was truly a woman in a man's world and have paid the high price for that in many avenues of my life.

My relationship with others is always on high alert and if not for my family, I really don't know where I would be at this time.

Despite my mental and now physical challenges, I feel as a disabled person I am still quite able to inspire and touch the lives of others.

Disability Issues

I was a pipe welder many working construction jobs most of my adult life. I have always been fair and pulled my weight on and off the job.

I have suffered much ridicule and harassing from many co-workers. Being usually the only woman in the field on the job, I had very little support.

In 2007 I was sexually assaulted on the job in front on my co-workers. I reacted in a most violent way and was terminated.

With no support from co-workers that were eyewitnesses, I had no recourse and was devastated. This action is something I seem to not be able to recover from.

I cried for many months and suffered severe depression. My family insisted on sending me for a mental health evaluation.

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. I was put on medication for anxiety and sleeplessness.

I gained 50 lbs immediately.

My financial situation became desperate. I had no vehicle, no home and no money.

I was a mental wreck. I slept on my mother's couch for two years.

After many tries, I was finally able to receive Disability.

The diagnosis of bipolar disorder explained a lot in my life and I am sure it was the root of my failed attempts at marriage.

The clinical depression and PTSD is something I will live with and deal with forever.

I am currently unable to work in a public forum and my training as welder is useless.

Financial Hardship

Due to this disability I am unable to financially support myself. I am off medication due to the inability to pay for them.

I am currently living with my sister, homeless. Fortunately, someone gave me a vehicle, an older model truck not really dependable but accessible for emergency travel.

Due to the lack of work, my bills incurred in the past still remain and just day-to-day life is a struggle.

I am a fighter and refuse to give up.

I am paying what I can and will always try to pull my weight as much as possible.

I have graduated college with a degree in business but the public workplace is really not an option at this time

Income Efforts

I did obtain financial help to attend college in attempts to start new job skills for the future.

My family has been a Godsend, providing me with shelter, food and support even when it meant hardship for them.

My church has helped with donations and support.

I have been searching for a job that could give me back the independence I feel was stolen from me, but options in the job market are small with my special disabilities.

Specific Needs

I am seeking a government grant or loan that does not have to be paid back, something that could help me to find a better home, to help pay expenses I have incurred, and to help me start my own business.

Paying off my debts and starting my business would help me live with dignity and not as a burden to my family.

I feel that if I were able to have a chance at being a business owner I could excel at whatever God has planned for my future.

I am desperate to escape the physical, mental, and financial pain I am suffering because of my disability.

Business Idea

I have always wanted to start my own business and I feel that the doors of opportunity are open now.

I want to start an auto upholstery business that is much needed in my area. I could work alone and at my own pace. The auto repair business is a growing industry here with no auto upholstery shops in this local area.

This business is something that would give me independence and I could once again be a productive citizen.

I am a fighter and not ready to give up on being able to live through my disability. I have already had customers asking for business but am unable to finance the start up of my business on my own.

The auto upholstery is something I am really excited about and have the ability I believe to make it work.

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Dec 08, 2013
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Your story literally made my cry
by: Cowgirl

Your story literally made me cry. I, too suffer from mental illness and I, too have been raped. I have been lucky in that the men I work with on the rare occasions when I can work, have been mostly men of God, who respect women and are protective of me. However, I never really feel safe unless I'm home with my parents and dog and I always have a weapon of some sort nearby. I hope with all my heart that you get the help you need and that you can have a peaceful life. Your story and many others have made me see that I am not alone. It helps, just knowing that. Thank you for sharing your story.

Sep 26, 2013
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Stick with it...
by: Don from Ability-Mission.org

Teresa,

Stick with your quest. You're determined and that will see you through.

Don from Ability-Mission.org

Sep 10, 2013
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Thank you
by: Teresa Coffey

Thank you so much for publishing my story. Although hard to read, this seems to be the first time in a long time I feel I can get the much needed help. Again thanks so much.

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