Grants Advice And Resources For Cancer Disabled Father Of Four
by Anthony Jennings
(Memphis, TN, USA)
My name is Anthony Jennings. I am a 29-year-old father of four beautiful children.
I graduated from the University of Memphis in 2006. I earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business.
I have always tried to lead a healthy lifestyle. I exercised regularly.
I am not sure of the origin of my cancer.
I noticed during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday that I was suffering from a lack of energy and shortness of breath.
I was loading furniture onto a U-haul during my relocation from Florida to Tennessee.
I was working a lot of overtime at my job during this period and I assumed that maybe I had been overworking myself.
However, I went to a minor medical facility to get checked out. I was told I was simply suffering from a sinus infection.
The following week, I returned to work and my fatigue continued. I was unable to walk from my desk to the copy machine without sweating and being out of breath.
On December 5, 2012, I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia.
I suffered further complications as a result of the chemotherapy associated with my condition. I developed a pulmonary embolism and I now have to take self-injected shots twice daily.
I was admitted to the hospital for the entire month of December following my diagnosis. I initially lost a month's worth of income and my financial issues started from there.
I was bombarded with a long list of prescription medications and antibiotics I would need to take daily in order to survive my cancer.
I applied for short-term disability through my employer and also through Social Security.
I was making $40,000 a year before I fell ill. My short-term disability would only cover 40% of my pay.
Social Security has granted me $710 monthly.
During this time period, I was going through an increasingly expensive divorce. I had just lost 60% of my income.
I applied for a modification of my child support and was denied. Therefore what I had gained in an SSI payment I would not see because my children came first.
My child support payment was $1000 a month.
In order to stay current on child support, I stopped paying my car note and credit cards.
I moved my family into a relative's rental property.
The home we moved into had no heat. I took out all of my savings to repair the heating and to purchase space heaters to make our home bearable.
I also had to use the remainder of my savings to prevent my vehicle from being repossessed so I was able to make my outpatient visits.
As time passed, complications with my illness caused me to have to purchase more medications and also equipment.
I have applied for work-at-home jobs because my cancer is one of the blood.
My immune system is severely suppressed so I am unable to be around the general public, as I may become severely ill from an infection.
I applied for SSI and SSDI. I asked for help from family members, however they are not in the financial position to be able to provide any assistance.
I am seeking any possible benefits, grants, and any legal assistance that can be provided. I need to get back on my feet and continue to be able to support my family.
I need any possible assistance that may be available to someone in my situation. Any guidance and or support would be greatly appreciated.
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