AIDS Disabled Man Seeks Government Grant To Help With Divorce And Taxes
(Miami, FL, USA)
I am 42 years old and have been separated for almost two years from my wife of 21 years.
Before my wife left me we had been happily married. My stepdaughter still lives with me. I felt and still feel like after my wife left me, that she is still my child.
My wife had three kids when I met her, and I had two of my own. I live in a home that is paid for. However, the taxes are behind, because I cannot afford to pay for them.
My wife is not in a rush to get a divorce; she is dodging it so as not to help me in any way.
I receive a disability check from the government and it is mostly spent on utilities and food. There is very little left for home repairs.
I have Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
In the year 1994, I was at work and was not feeling well. My supervisor told me I should go home and do not come back until I had proof that I had been to see a doctor.
They were very caring people that I had worked for. I went to the doctor and they began a regimen of tests.
Results showed that I had tuberculosis, something that you get only if your immune system is compromised.
I had contracted AIDS; I do not know how long I had been in contact with the disease before it reared its ugly head.
I spent a month in the hospital back in 1994. It has been a battle to walk and maintain life for 21 years now.
I cannot work and I lead a very boring life. When I can, I garden and maintain my yard for exercise.
Life is difficult at home, besides combating the loneliness. I do not have many friends. When people find out that you have AIDS, they treat you differently.
I tried to work a couple of times since I became disabled. I work at a dry ink cartridge refill factory.
I put myself in the hospital because of my disease.
I tried to do what I love which is landscaping, but the sun and dizziness ended that.
I have no transportation which is probably good because of sudden dizzy spells.
I have to take several pills every day, most of which government insurance pays for.
As far as equipment goes, I own a pair of crutches, a walker and several canes. I use all of them at different times.
Sometimes after leaving the hospital I have to have an antibiotic pump attached to me for weeks at a time.
I write my story because I am in need of a grant or grants if you will. I feel like if I were to borrow money that I will never be able to pay it back.
I ask for money because I need to be able to hire a lawyer, so that I may dispense with my wayward wife.
I need money to pay my behind taxes on my house. I feel that if I could get the taxes up to par, I would be able to keep them that way.