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Disability Grant Money For Arthritis Disabled Woman To Get Independence

by Marie
(Niagara Falls, NY, USA)

I am a 34-year-old woman disabled with severe psoriatic arthritis. I've had it my whole life and as I get older, the worse it has become.

I have been on many different medications including a chemo pill called methotrexate for four years.

This chemo pill made me throw up daily and I had become almost completely bald while in my mid-20s.

I went off the chemo because it wasn't killing the psoriatic arthritis just my immune system.

This arthritic disease I have is turning me into a crippled up old woman and I'm not that at all. So now I take a weekly shot of Enbrel in my leg. This shot had worked for a little while but now not really working anymore.

Being on the Enbrel shot has lowered my immune system. I have to be very careful of germs and illnesses that are transferable from human to human. Now I am waiting to see a new rheumatologist to get my medicine changed once again.

My current doctor believes I should be on a Remicade IV weekly. I don't mind having to do this IV procedure weekly for sessions of 3-4 hours if it will help me to be able to walk better and with less pain!

I am currently on SSD and SSI and I do not get enough money to pay all my current bills, including my rent. My landlord has been very patient with me, but now he wants the rent I owe. I want to pay him but don't have it.

I want to go back to school to get a better income. I had gone for an orientation to try to get WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Grant for schooling. After the orientation I found out that if I were to get the WIA grant I would lose my Food Stamps.

So I called my caseworker at DSS and found out the only way not to lose my Food Stamps is to work 20 or more hours while going back to school. Now this is fine for someone that is not disabled, but not for me.

I am unable to go back to work yet until I get on the Remicade IV sessions and the medicine works in my system for a while so I can walk better and be able to hold down a normal job.

Basically I am a hard worker when I am physically able to. I have been on my own without any help from family since I was 14 years old.

I want to continue to better myself and get my degree in a field I am able to maintain for the rest of my life, disabled or not! So I am writing asking for help to go back to school to better myself, and get my bills caught up so I don't end up on the street.

I am a very intelligent hard-working, self-motivated disabled woman that just needs some assistance to get back on her feet! Any help to save my home and to get a degree would be appreciated!

Thank you so much for the time you have spent reading about me and how I am disabled but not giving up!

I know in my heart that somewhere there is a beautiful soul God has sent to help me get on my feet!!! God Bless and I hope to hear from some help real soon!!!

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Mar 12, 2010
Critical Difference for Women Scholarship
by: Katina

Thank you for posting your story!

There are "a lot" of scholarship opportunities for woman who is entering college. If you are over the age of 25, the number of available scholarships is doubled.

One scholarship I know of (in Ohio) is the Critical Difference for Women Scholarship. It is an extraordinary scholarship program that is designed to help non-traditional (woman over a certain age) have the opportunities to enter a degree program.

Please check back from time to time to see the comments posted about your story.

You can also go to the Google search engine and type "Critical Difference Woman" and do your own search.

Another tip?

Contact the school that you are interested in attending. The first place I would start is online. Most schools have a website that you can visit for information on student financial aid, scholarships and courses offered.

For a scholarship to enter college, you'll need to write an essay. You can actually draft some essays before you find the scholarship opportunity. The type of essay generally required for "most" scholarships is about the student's goals, challenges and aspirations for the future.

A scholarship committee focuses on:
1. The student?s ability.
2. Students Challenges.
3. Goals for enrolling in school.

The best essays are ones that are honest, heartfelt, and of course with proper spelling and grammar.

Always ask for feedback on "ALL" essays before submitting them for a scholarship or for a grant.

Yet another tip?

Be sure to link to the story you posted here from your MySpace, Facebook, or other social networking websites to bring more readers to your page. The more readers there are the greater chance you'll find the information needed.

Good luck in your search!

On a personal note: I didn't believe that I could return to college after thirty. Once I earned my first (B), I knew that it was for me.

Talk to an academic advisor before making a long-term commitment on the type of schooling you enroll in. For some, taking classes online is better fitting, while others need that one on one interaction in a classroom setting.

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