Grants To Help Bipolar Young Man Get Needed Medication and Own Home
by Aaron McCollum
(Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA)
My name is Aaron McCollum. I am a 24-year-old young man. I stay with my mom and my two sisters.
Although I have no kids at the time I look forward to having some in the future.
After I graduated from high school I went to aviation school; however, after about six months in I dropped out due to financial issues.
I plan to go back to school in the future for something that doesn't cost as much as aviation school.
I just want to start by saying I am bipolar. I was first diagnosed at the age of 21 years. I am now 24 years old so I have been bipolar for three years going on four now.
In the beginning I would have racing thoughts. I would think about multiple things at one time and couldn't distinguish between them as they were changing very fast.
Then other times I would start to feel very weak. After a slit second it would just hit me out of nowhere very quick.
Then I started to hear voices in my head that were not mine, sometimes more than one. It would get so bad that I started to lose my touch with reality. I didn't know what to think because it was so real.
It really is a bad experience that will scar you for life. It was very terrible. As of today I am in a stable condition and I hope it stays that way.
Financially I am doing very poorly. Sometimes I don't have the money to get my medication from the doctor.
Other times I am having trouble getting to and from my doctor appointments because I don't have a car.
I tried and tried over and over again to get a job and I'm still trying but so far haven't had any luck.
Since I don't have any income I get food stamps but that's barely enough to get by throughout the month as I also share with my family and buy food for them too.
I have made several attempts at getting a job and I'm still trying to this day. Even though I've had a few interviews I have had no luck so far.
I have also attempted work-from-home programs but had no luck in making a profit from it.
I have also tried a couple times to get SSI but was denied both times. I won't give up I'm going to keep trying.
Sometimes to pay for my meds I donate plasma at the plasma center just to get about $20 to have meds for the month. This is like my main source of income since I am unemployed as of right now.
I think that any type of benefits or grants will help me.
I could use help getting SSI.
I just need some type of income to help me pay for my medication and also for my medical bills from my hospital visits.
If I had Medicare it would also help me to pay for my medication.
I also need a car to get to my appointments throughout the month.
I also need to have my own place because I am currently staying with my mom and two sisters in a two-bedroom apartment and there is not enough room for us all.