Diabetic Single Mom Seeks Disability Grant For Home And Medical Costs
by Emily Hall
(Hamilton, Mississippi, USA)
I'm a 37-year-old diabetic woman currently living in Hamilton, Mississippi. I am African American and a single mom.
I have three daughters: a 22-year-old, a 20-year-old and a 13-year-old that has had major brain surgery and has a hard time remembering things.
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I've been diagnosed with diabetes, for which I take five different prescribed medications a day.
I have difficulty walking and driving for a long period of time. I suffer foot pain and my vision has got worse due to my diabetes.
I also have sleep apnea. I sleep on a CPAP machine.Financial Hardship
I receive Social Security Disability, which pays $1,210 a month. SSD allows me NO work opportunities due to my illnesses.
I'm struggling with housing, bills and money issues. I'm living in a mobile home that needs LOTS of work.
I live on family property, which is becoming very difficult. I am not able to send me kids through college.Income Efforts
Thank God my Medicare pays for my basic prescriptions and diabetic supplies. But my Medicare only covers 80 percent and that's a big problem. I do not have close to the payments they want to charge me for my visits.
I have tried assistance for housing, but was told I received too much a month for assistance. I receive food stamps at $131 a month, which doesn't last from one month to the other.
I have tried to do things to earn extra money but due to my disabilities I'm not able.
I have contacted the Social Security office to see could I do some type of type of work while being on SSD but I was told I couldn't.
I have reached out to family members that I receive help from when they have extra money, which is not all the time.
Churches in my area are very small and are not able to help very much.Specific Needs
I do not know much about grants but I need help. It's hard to make it on SSD alone, while being a single parent.
I would like grants for:
- dental work
- housing programs
- single parent programs
- vision assistance
- full coverage doctor visit programs