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Depression Disabled Single Mom Seeks Grant Money To Make Herself Proud

by Donna McCarty
(Merryville, Louisiana, USA)

My name is Donna. I'm 53 years old. I've been on disability for two years. I'm not able to work because of health issues. I don't have an education.

As for my childhood, it wasn't a good one. I didn't like to go to school because my sister and I were always made fun of, not only by our classmates, but also by teachers. I learned that adults could be very hateful.

My father and mother divorced when I was seven years old. My mother left my dad for a woman. My dad had full custody of us three kids. He is the best. He raised us on his own.

My mother passed away when I was 11 years old. It was said she overdosed, but my dad and a lot of others say that her own mother killed her.

I truly hated going to school. I would try anything not to go. I even went as far as trying to take my own life more then once, the first time when I was only nine or ten years old.

I ended up dropping out of school very early. I guess you could say that I had a breakdown. I never got on drugs or anything like that.

I got pregnant at 20 years old the first time I was with a man, but about two weeks later I was raped so I became a single mom.

My son's father has never been in his life but I always told him that his father was a good man.

I have always worked hard but didn't have any skills or education. A few years ago I moved to Corpus Christi, Texas to stay with my brother.

I tried to get my GED but didn't finish because of health issues. I've been married more then once and have always been made fun for not having an education. I always tried to hide that, but adults can be hateful.

It seems like I've been depressed my whole life. But when I had my son he gave me reason to wake up each morning. He is my everything and I'm so proud of him. At times though, I feel that I've failed him as a mother.

I would love to make him proud of me. I have always had a dream of being a photographer. I want to be proud of myself.

I would love to prove to myself that I could do this, that maybe I do have something in myself.

I've felt I have always been a nothing to others and to myself. I am getting help for my depression, and I'm requesting a grant to make a dream come true.

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