Disability Benefits Will Help Accident Disabled Woman Buy Greater Mobility
by Colombe Perreault
(Barrie, Ontario, Canada)
I'm 57 years old, and mother of a son that doesn't live at home.
When I was younger we used to own our store. We worked hard at it for 18 years.
When I got pregnant with my son, I bled internally! I moved to Toronto. While taking care of my son I babysat for extra income.
Once he went to school, I worked in offices and I moved to the County of Simcoe.
Today I live with someone with Alzheimer's, and we try to help each other!
I'm French Canadian, and when I was young I struggled all my life due to a disability.
When I was 14, I broke my back falling between two beams. When I did hurt myself, being in a strict family, I never told my parents about it and after a couple of months I couldn't walk anymore.
Since then I've had four back surgeries. I was always a hard worker even when I broke my back.
I've also had a couple of vehicle accidents, which made my back worse!
At this moment the pain level is getting so bad I have a hard time getting around.
Today I also have osteoporosis, degeneration of the bones, arthritis, high blood pressure, and fast heart beats.
I go to the pain clinic to have a needle that has a slow-acting freezing. It lasts a couple of days and can help me deal with my pain! So I'm able to walk with less pain.
All my life I struggled. Because of my disability, nothing came easy. I got on CPP disability, and ODSP, which took months for me to be accepted.
Until today I never depended on anyone to help me, because I figured some people needed more than me!
I've been trying to get food bands to help me with my friend.
I really wish I could work, but have to accept my disability.
I've been trying very hard to catch up to my bills but nothing seems work! I have a hard time to get ahead.
I'm looking for any possible help: grants, advice, sympathy. I really feel lots of stress through this.
I need a means to get around, an electric bed, a wheelchair and a walker!
It's hard to help someone with Alzheimer's and help myself deal with my pain level, when I'm in stress.