Spinal Disabled Woman Seeks Disability Grant For Transportation
(Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA)
Hi! I am Jennifer. I am 56 years old. I have lived alone for the past 20 years since my divorce.
I enjoyed working, camping, gardening, 4 wheeling and horseback riding. Taking care of stray and abandoned animals was a great passion of mine.
I was always very active and full of life. I truly enjoyed my free time!!
My leg started to hurt one day. Each day afterwards it got worse. By the 10th day, I was in so much pain that I went to see my doctor who performed tests on me.
April 4, 2011. That was the last time that I went to my work place. I am 100% disabled. Several of the disks in my back crumbled. Parts of them went into the nerve in my leg.
The surgery that needs to be performed in order to remove the fragments from my nerve is very risky and out of the question. It wouldn’t help my back even if it could be performed.
I am confined to a wheelchair now.
My daughter and two grandchildren had to move in with me. I can no longer take care of myself. My daughter can’t work because she has to take care of me.
I get social security disability in the amount of $921 a month. That is all I receive to support the four of us. It leaves no room for anything other than the bills and land rent.
My grandchildren don’t understand why they can’t get anything new anymore.
I wouldn’t be eligible for Medicare until the end of 2013. I don’t think I can survive that long without an electric wheelchair. Trying to move in my manual wheelchair is very difficult, painful, and extremely frustrating!
I do receive a small amount of social security disability benefits which doesn’t go far.
I am an artist. I was trying to get a small business going but because of my back I can no longer do any of the artwork I used to do. Bending and reaching is impossible for me now. All I can do is sit or lie down when someone helps me.
I need an electric wheelchair. I also need a van that I can drive with hand controls and a ramp where I can drive the wheelchair into it.
I can’t afford these things. If I had them, I would have some of my freedom back. I would also have some of my self-respect and some feeling of self-worth and dignity.
These things would give me the mobility to go check my mail and perform other things on my own!