Disability Grant For Bipolar Disabled Single Mom Amy To Raise Daughter Ava
by Amy Lott
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
My name is Amy Lott and I'm the mother of a beautiful daughter named Ava. She actually turned 15 months old today. I can't believe she is growing up on me.
I live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with my two wonderful parents who allowed me to move back home when I found out about Ava.
I honestly wouldn't know what I would do without them, they are a tremendous help and so wonderful with my daughter.
I am a single mom, and I enjoy every moment of it. Nothing is better than being a Mama. I certainly would not change it for the world.
I graduated High School in 2008 and did about three years at a couple of different Universities. Then I decided to work full-time until just recently when I enrolled in a Medical Assistant program.
Ever since I could remember back in my childhood I always had really bad anxiety. You know, one of those children that anything that went wrong it was the end of the world.
Now, as I got older (high school years) I talked to my Primary Care Physician about my concerns and he diagnosed me with anxiety and also depression. So I was treated for both.
Dealing with Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder
As years went by and I was entering college I started to hit, oh I would say, my experimental party era. At this point I had stopped taking my medicines for mood stabilizer for the depression and I was really a rollercoaster ride every day.
I then entered a program for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse, where I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and bipolar. The bipolar became the main concern and was put on medication for the disease.Financial Hardship
I have a really hard time managing my money and finances. I am in debt that sometimes I don't see a way out of.
Since I am full time student, I am not working and so I am not able to provide for my daughter and myself the way that I would like to be. (Hopefully that changes after I finish school establish a good career).
I do have transportation; however gas is something that is not affordable to me.
I am blessed to be living with my parents, but I would like to be able to become financially independent and stable so that my daughter and I could get our own place and be just fine.Income Efforts
I am unemployed; however, my parents give me $80 a week. I also get the GI bill for school along with a Pell grant that I was eligible for. That is all my source of income.
I do receive WIC for my daughter and SoonerCare for her Insurance.
I am so thankful for all I receive, since I am not working.Specific Needs
I need SSI, food stamps or some sort of assistance with food.
Also, I am very interested in Section 8 housing as a startup home for my daughter and me while we save and get on our feet.
I am in desperate need of a grant for assistance with school needs, childcare and clothing, and everyday living expenses.
I would hope that this would also be able to start a nice savings for me as well as I continue with my school program.