Accident Disabled 41 Year Old Woman Seeks Grant For Nursing School
by Laryssa L. Estes
(Newport, Tennessee, USA)
I am a 41-year-old woman. Thirteen years ago, I became unable to work a full time job, and do other things in life that other people can do.
I was struck by a car in August of 1997, and it totally changed my life. My left leg was broken and almost torn off, and to this day I still have trouble walking.
In fact, the majority of my on-going issues are related to the injuries received to my leg, such as how long I can sit or stand without the pain becoming unbearable. Not to mention the problems I have with balance and equilibrium now.
The other injuries I received were as a result of head trauma that has caused me severe headaches, double vision and memory problems, both short-term and long-term.
I deal with mental issues as a result of this accident that cause mood swings and depression because it has not been easy to accept that I am viewed as "different" or incapable of doing what use to be normal.
I have back problems as a result as well and have been limited to lifting nothing heavier than a milk jug (per doctor’s orders).
With these injuries and restrictions, getting or holding down a job has become almost impossible, as most jobs require physical labor and usually do not want the burden of making special accommodations just to have another employee.
I was living in Tampa, Florida, at the time, and getting a job there had never been an issue prior to my accident. I moved to Newport, Tennessee, a few years back. But to no avail, I have had no luck.
I am currently taking care of a 67-year-old man who has Muscular Dystrophy. Aubrey is my friend and companion so I do all that I can to help him. He's unable to take care of himself, or do daily activities.
I am thankful my son and his fiancé live with me, as lifting Aubrey is not something I am able to do. While my disabilities limit my capabilities, it does not change my desire to help others.
Taking care of Aubrey has sparked my long time dream of being a nurse. I feel that there has got to be something I can do to make my dreams happen.
I want to go to college and establish an academic background so that potential employers will see my determination and may be more likely to give me the chance I need to make this happen.
If I were to receive a grant, I feel that this would help give me the advantage I so need to move forward, as I do not have any income that could otherwise help me accomplish my goals and dreams.