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Disability Grant To Help Aster With Guillain-Barré Syndrome Be Less Dependent

by Aster Kassa
(Clarkston, GA, USA)

My name is Aster Kassa. I am a 38-year-old mother of one-year-old twin boys.

Aster And Her Twin Boys
Aster And Her Twin Boys

I was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to America in October of 2007.

I was a full-time employee and was able to support myself before December 2014. Currently, I live in Clarkston, GA, in my cousin's house.

Disability Issues

At eight months of pregnancy, I rushed myself to the Emergency Room due to my legs being extremely swollen.

The doctors decided that I needed to have an emergency C-section since they stated that one of my twins' heartbeats was low.

The following morning I woke up with tingling over my entire body and loss of muscle control. I was paralyzed from the waist down and in my arms.

I was diagnosed with a Guillain-Barré Syndrome due to which I have been wheelchair-bound for the last 15 months. I am grateful to be alive since this syndrome is life threatening.
Financial Hardship

Just last month, in February of 2016, I was awarded Social Security Disability, which pays $770 a month.

It goes without saying that it is very hard to survive on just $770 a month.

I also receive $358 worth of food stamp benefits.

I could no longer keep Obama Care insurance since I could not afford the monthly premium of $141.

Due to my insurance cancellation, I no longer get a physical therapy treatment. This treatment is highly crucial for me to make any progress in my physical ability to move and be able to care for my children and myself.

Income Efforts

Currently, I am not in a position to be able to care for my children physically as well as financially.

Specific Needs

At this point, I would like to be able to be self-sufficient especially to my children.

Any handicap equipment that can help me to move around the house and be able to do my daily chores as a mother will be a dream come true for me.

Business Idea

Due to my limited physical movement ability, I am not sure what I can do for business. But I am willing to try anything if you have any idea.

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May 11, 2016
Workbook is the next step!
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hey Aster,

With your story now published you can get the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to get the help you need.

Don Coggan

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