Disability Grant For RA Disabled Neiko To Get New Car And Ease Financial Burden
by Neiko Lawrence
(Toulon, IL, USA)
My name is Neiko Lawrence. I'm a 43-year-old female. I lived in Bradford, Illinois for 42 years and then I moved to Toulon in August 2015. Both towns are in the same county.
I live in a one-bedroom apartment with my Chihuahua, Mokie. I adopted Mokie in March of this year, 2016.
I volunteer actively in my church as much as my health permits. I like to read books and play video games as well as board games of all kinds.
I like doing crafts such as latch hook and plastic canvas items. I enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles.Disability Issues
On December 6, 2014 I started with pain and swelling in my right foot. It was difficult to walk on.
My podiatrist sent me to a Rheumatologist. This was due to my third flare up on the same foot in five-month duration.
During the night of December 18, 2014, I began to have pain in my right knee. In the early morning of December 17, 2014 my neighbor took me to the ER.
On December 20, 2014, I was getting ready to leave for labs and x-rays. My left knee made a loud pop and instant pain. It made it difficult to walk.
I went to the ER that day and the ER did not know what to do with me.
The next day on December 21, 2014, I started having muscle tightness in legs from knees down. I was in a great deal of pain. I went to two different ERs that day.
The next two days December 22 and 23, 2014, I was in the ER both days. By this time I could not walk.
On the 23rd I was there for over 12 hours and released on Christmas Eve day. I returned to the ER on December 26, 2014 and they admitted me for almost two weeks.
I was released. The hospital had no idea what was wrong with me.
I visited the Rheumatologist. They did the labs and x-rays. I was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis.
In February of this year, 2016, I went to get a second opinion from another Rheumatologist. This doctor compared labs and x-rays from the other Rheumatologist and the hospital.
This doctor then ordered his own labs and x-rays. It was determined that I have Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis with Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease and Planter Fasciitis.
I also battle chronic depression and anxiety.
In May of this year, 2016, I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
I am not able to stand or walk for long periods of time due to Planter Fasciitis and pain.
My diagnoses will not get better but taking my medications will limit flare-ups and pain.
I may have to have surgery on both knees in the future if I lose the recommended amount of weight.
Losing weight is difficult when several of my medications cause weight gain. My disability benefits will be reevaluated in June 2017.
I receive $1016 month on disability. I receive $16 a month of food stamps. I use local food pantries.
My bills per month:
Rent (HUD) $295
Cable $30 plus additional $10 for cable card and other channels
Credit Cards $170
Student Loans $126
Car & Renters Insurance $44.42
Groceries (Not including Food Stamps) $150+
I am lucky to have $1-$6, sometimes more, after some bills are paid and food is paid for.
I have difficulties paying all my bills every month.
I have a 2004 Kia Rio. I have been having problems with my car this year. I need a newer used car or new car. It is difficult to get in out of this car because it sits so low.
I have the State's Medical Card but I do have to buy the over-the-counter mediation that I take. This amount is around a $100 a year.
I take Zyrtec (generic does not work for me), Zantac, Melatonin, Multi-Vitamin, Fiber Conn and Meclizine.Income Efforts
I have three Associates of Applied Science Degrees, three Certification Certificates and BBA.
I am not able to work a normal job because I am not able to stand for very long or walk very far without pain.
I need to keep feet and legs elevated off and on during the day to keep the feet and legs from swelling.
I dog sit for different people. I walk these dogs and my dog to keep from having stiff muscles. The distance that I walk is about 1/8th of a mile around the apartment building.
I have gotten help with paying for things from Community Resources such as Good Samaritan Fund, Salvation Army, Resource House and Tri-County Opportunities. My mother helps when she can to buy food or pay for car repairs.Specific Needs
This is what I need:
1. Newer used car or new care
2. Money to pay off bills
I am seeking enough to get a better car. I am seeking enough to pay bills. I do not like not paying bills in order to pay for food.
So … in a nutshell:
1. Better car
2. Enough monetary help to pay off some bills and keep up with them.
I'm just a 43-year-old female who does not like living from paycheck to paycheck. It makes it very hard to get ahead.