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Rheumatoid Arthritis Disabled Mom Will Use Government Grant For Scooter

by Rhea Cutler
(Panama City, Florida, USA)

I am a 35-year-old native of Panama City, Florida. I'm looking for a government grant to get an electric scooter for greater mobility.

My sweet husband of six years, Christopher, and I are struggling to raise his three sons from his first marriage. They are absolutely wonderful boys, ages 15, 10, and 9.

I have been disabled for two years. I was diagnosed with blood clots, depression, anxiety, severe obesity, and advanced Rheumatoid arthritis.

We have been scraping by barely. I get to see my doctor, but my husband's insurance from his work refuses to pay for any more than six doctor visits a year.

And with these issues I have to see my doctors regularly at a minimum of one to two times a month.

Also I am under doctor-supervised dieting trying to lose weight. I beat myself up every day that I am so fat. But I know I do not want to die now!

I have finally met my white knight and was given the chance to be a mother, stepmother, but mother no less.

I sit in my room and cry a lot when the boys are asleep because I am very afraid I won't live to see them develop into men.

My family has a history of severe obesity, diabetes, heart problems, and stroke. My biological father is extremely obese. I grew up with really off-core beliefs regarding food and how to handle it. I don't want this to continue!

Chris and I have really been working hard to change how I eat, what I eat, and making certain to stick to the doctor's orders.

There are days and weeks I do not go anywhere because I cannot stand or sit for more then a few minutes here and there.

My legs, feet, and fingers swell and turn blue. Or the swelling comes and I lose feeling in my arms and fingers. It's embarrassing!

I am trying with the assistance of my doctors, Dr. Bernier, Dr. Brelin, Dr. Rameriez, and Dr. Fernandez to get better.

It's slow going but I have met the prerequisites for the gastric bypass surgery three times, and either by the facility or doctor refusing me or by my husband's insurance refusing me I have never managed to get there.

I am not giving up. I will continue to diet. But I know I have to have some sort of assistance.

Please if there is anyway someone could help me to get an electric scooter it would increase my mobility enormously.

I would be able to take my children to ride their bikes, and go with my family grocery shopping.

It would be a breath of fresh air and help me to increase my strength to be able to stand longer and work up to where I can function. Please consider me.

I was recently diagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea. I am on the breathing machine when I sleep and I am finally able to get a night's rest. Usually I toss and turn because I cannot breath. It had gotten to the point where I was trying to sleep sitting up.

If there is any way you can possibly see how I might get a personal grant so I can get a scooter and a ramp? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you and God bless you! Rhea Cutler.

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Jun 29, 2010
Resource Links added
by: Katina

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

Family Service Agency
(850) 785-1721
114 E 9th St, Panama City, FL

Salvation Army Emergency Service
(850) 872-9991
1378 W 15th St, Panama City, FL

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more.

In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Good luck!


Jun 18, 2010
Try this. It works.
by: Anonymous

Hello, Rhea. Sounds like you're trying to make your life better, so I will do what I can to help you. A friend of mine and I seek people or places to get scooters, power chairs, wheelchairs, ramps, etc. from. If we see anything just sitting out, we stop and ask if we can have it. Then, we clean them up, repair them if necessary, and give them to needy people who cannot afford one. You might check with all the churches in your area (and I realize that might mean quite a few), and ask if they have or know someone who has, what you need or if they know anyone like my friend and me. We are both handicapped, so we know where you're coming from. Also, look in your local papers and in pawnshops for chairs, lifts and ramps. Some people, especially in the papers, ask too much for their stuff, because it usually had belonged to a deceased family member and carries a lot of memories for them. Just keep watching the paper, and as their pain eases, the price will come down, or a lot of people will donate the equipment to someone in need in memory of their loved one. I don't say this as preying on the mourners. I've just found it to be true, when I was looking for my first chair and ramp, way before I met this friend I now have. We, even tell doctor's offices that we have this equipment, so check there, too. Another place to look is at grocery and department store bulletin boards. I hope this has been of some help to you. Our supply is low now and you are too far away, or I would be glad to help you. I'm sure if you ask Him, God will help you find something.

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