Disability Grant To Help COPD Disabled Woman Rejoin Ohio Support Group
by Pam Hess
(Toledo, Ohio, USA)
I'm 52 years old and currently live in Massachusetts, although I will be moving back home to Ohio. I'm looking for a grant or other assistance to help me do this.
I moved here two and a half years ago with my daughter and seven-year-old grandson. We're very close.
I grew up in Ohio, and never lived more than 15 miles from where I grew up. They were all small towns.
My daughter was in college going to school to be an artist and teacher. She got a scholarship to go to a huge Art college here and told me she was going to go.
I was very upset because I would miss them so much. She said come with us. I didn't know what to do. I talked to my friends and they said I'd be crazy not to see somewhere else so I agreed.
I found a job at a small grocery store just down the street from where I live. It was nice for the first year but then I started getting sick.
I was diagnosed with chronic asthma and COPD. I also have scoliosis. I had a spinal fusion in 1972 but since then my spine has curved back to where it was.
This past year I've been in the hospital three times and have missed a lot of work. I've fallen so far behind in my rent that I'm going to be evicted.
It's just too expensive to live here. I need to go back home to Ohio. Unfortunately, I have no one to stay with there as most of my family has passed away.
Although I can count on the old friendships, I can't impose my financial needs on anyone there.
Everyone thinks I should apply for disability, as it has become such a strain on me to work. Unfortunately so do I.
I like working. Everywhere I work I make it a point to get to know my customers. I would miss that but it's just getting to be too much.
More and more I have to use my inhaler or breathing machine and every night when I get home I usually spend the night with the heating pad on my back because of the pain.
I need enough money to get home, get an apartment, buy a cheap car, and live on for about six months until my disability comes through.
I will be able to get food stamps while I'm waiting. When I get my disability I will have insurance. This is very important, because it will allow me to get the medicine that will keep me out of the hospital. One of my prescriptions is $300 a month.
I need to go home as soon as possible. I have a support system there of friends that can give me the morale boost that I need. They can't give me money or housing but I really need them.
My daughter is planning on going home too. Please help me get home so I can get the care I need. Please consider me. I thank you for your time. Pam Hess.