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Amputee Julian Seeks Disability Grants To Realize Health And Business Dreams

by Julian Morrow
(Buffalo, NY, USA)

My name is Julian Morrow. I'm a 27-year-old male living in Buffalo, NY. I have a home with my girlfriend who is currently attending Buffalo State College for psychology and a beautiful five-month-old daughter.

Disability Issues

In Physical Therapy

I've been an amputee since October 2011. My right leg was amputated above the knee as a passenger in a tragic car accident.

I also suffered a shattered right forearm and lower leg, both now having metal rods in them to support the bone structure.

Along with the loss of my leg I also lost two of my best friends in the accident.

My memory seems to block out the exact timeline of how it happened. I remember getting in the backseat of my friend's car and the next thing I can remember is waking up days later in the Intensive Care Unit.

My family had tried to tell me but I didn't believe my friends had passed away until I had seen their obituaries. Still being in the hospital attempting to recover from my situation I wasn't even able to attend their funerals.

My disability results in me having reoccurring phantom pain, back pains, depression and stress.

Financial Hardship

I receive $813 a month from SSDI. Due to my condition I'm forced to accept minimal work opportunities.

Although I have Medicaid it doesn't cover certain medical procedures or prosthetic parts that I need to allow me to function with my prosthesis properly.

I'm overwhelmed by medical bills on what seems to be a daily basis. Having to deal with baby expenses, bills, food expenses and transportation costs with one income, it becomes difficult at times to keep my head above water.

Income Efforts

I've been working a part-time job in an attempt to take care of my family and responsibilities; however, I only have a nine-month trial period to work the job. I'm quickly realizing that I may need to find an alternative.

My disability makes it very difficult to stand on my feet for extended periods of time. I also have occurrences of night terrors that prevent me from sleeping many nights.

I was told this stems from the suppressed memories of the accident. When it happens, it leaves me feeling drained of energy the next day.

Specific Needs

I would like info on business grants, school grants, prosthesis grants, legal advice, possible work-from-home opportunities and mental health options in an attempt to assist with my depression and night terrors.

Business Idea

Owning and renovating a fixer upper home has allowed me to appreciate and develop a growing interest for the real estate field. I would like to eventually get into the real estate market.

I've also inherited an old "UPS style" step van that I would like to convert into a food truck for which I have developed a business plan.

I am a knowledgeable young male who is capable of reaching my goals with help financially. I'm simply looking for the support and guidance that will enable me to achieve my plans for the future.

Thank you for your time.

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Nov 14, 2015
Thank you
by: Julian

Hi Sheila,

Thanks for taking the time out to read my story. Your empathy and insight is greatly appreciated. I will most certainly check out the Disability Digest and Small Business Administration sites you've referred me to. Once again, I truly thank you.

Nov 13, 2015
by: SheilaKay

Hi Julian,

My my, you have sure been through the trials of a tragic accident that leaves me dumbfounded. I can understand the night terrors.

Have you had a chance to get into Don's Workbook yet? He also recommends Disability Digest, an online organization that focuses on getting Disability (for free) for the applicant, but if you already have it, they help you in other ways.

All your ideas sound quite reasonable and doable. You just need help, money-wise, other muscle-wise, and maybe even the Small Business Administration (free help there too).

I admire your spirit and resolve. Keep at it, keep up your faith, you have the intelligence, and with help you'll succeed.

Come back here, keep us posted.



Nov 13, 2015
Next step... the Workbook
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hey Julian,

Congrats on your story! Now you can access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story to get the help you need.

Don Coggan

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