Header for Ability Mission

Disability Grant To Help MS Disabled Stacey Hire CNA To Ease Daily Personal Hygiene

by Stacey Shortley
(Acworth, Georgia, USA)

My name is Stacey Shortley. At the young age of 36, I am a female on disability.

MS Disabled Stacey Seeking Grant For CNA Help
MS Disabled Stacey Seeking Grant For CNA Help

I've lived in Acworth Georgia since 1992. I was 12 when I moved here with my family.

I bought my first home in 2001. Unfortunately due to my disability I had to move back with my family in 2004.

To be honest, I've had a hard and challenging life ever since the day I was born, three months early, weighing only 2 lb 12 oz.

I had to fight for my life for several months in the hospital. I believe this rough start in life made me the strong woman I am today!

It turns out I was really going to need that "never give up" attitude! Ever since the beginning, I pushed on, overcame challenges and persevered!

As a child, I had terrible asthma that made it very hard to breathe on a daily basis! I was always getting treatments and had to go to the hospital several times.

I also had terrible allergies. I was allergic to everything. I had to get shots at least three times a week to try to help with my breathing and to stop all the attacks to my body.

As a child and young women I knew I wanted to help people. I've always had a place in my heart for special needs children and adults, especially those with Down Syndrome.

I also have an affinity to the elderly! I always felt the desire to encourage anyone, at any age to never give up and to believe that they are amazing and perfect just the way they are.

Turns out I was going to need to pull strength from my own thoughts and take my own advice.

Disability Issues

At the young age of 17, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

The MS society defines MS as an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body.

There are a few different forms of MS and I got a bad one. When I have a flare-up, I don't recover to the pre-flare-up condition. This has led to terrible symptoms that have overtaken my life.

Over the course of 20 years I've lost the ability to use my legs and I have a very weak core. I'm in a wheelchair full-time now.

My other terrible symptoms are brain fog, major fatigue, trembling hands (making daily tasks very difficult), extreme digestive issues, bladder control, depression and more.

Financial Hardship

For the past two decades, I spent a great deal of energy and lots of money doing anything and everything in my power to fight the progression of this disease and to maintain a normal life.

I've done everything that medical, naturopathic and chiropractic doctors have suggested. This is and has been extremely expensive. My small income does not support all of the doctors, procedures, prescriptions, supplements and more.

My monthly payments include: rent, utilities, groceries, medical, prescriptions, dental, credit cards and more

Income Efforts

I've not been able to work since my disease has progressed to this disabling level.

I've tried working with Goodwill Career Centers to get tested on my ability to work. These many attempts have not been successful.

I've spent a lot of time learning a great deal about alternative and natural techniques, in the past, as well.

When I was still walking, I even became a certified massage therapist, so that I could help and improve the lives of others. Unfortunately, on graduation day I had a major MS attack and lost my ability to walk.

Specific Needs

I would like to go to school to become a model with a disability. I want to be an example that, disabled or not, people can do what they set their mind to do. Even a girl in a wheelchair can be an influential person!

With all of that being said, I desperately need financial help to hire a CNA. I am not married and don't have a partner to help me in any way!

Daily dressing and hygiene are a huge challenge and quite frightening because I tend to fall at times. I need a CNA to help me with all of these tasks that are difficult to do on my own.

I need help with daily living like preparing meals three times a day; healthy, gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, to be able to continue my healthy eating.

I need to get to doctor appointments three times a week or more! I need help getting to school. I need and want to continue a better and healthy lifestyle!

I also need help getting a handicapped vehicle, one that I can get a wheelchair in and out of!

Business Idea

Now, since learning so much about healing, trying to live a healthy lifestyle, eating clean, working on positive thinking and doing so much more, I want to continue to embrace life.

I want to continue to learn and improve peoples' well being. I would like to take everything I've learned, everything I've been through and share it with others and change lives.

Comments for Disability Grant To Help MS Disabled Stacey Hire CNA To Ease Daily Personal Hygiene

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 10, 2017
You'll get it.
by: Ricardo Ching

Hello Stacy. I am Ricardo. You have something that a lot of other people wished they had. In addition to your beautiful smile, your attitude about looking at things in a positive way and your ambitions are ten times bigger than your problem. And having Ability Mission as your partner, I believe you will get the resources you need to bring you to a level of happiness, convenience, comfort and interdependence, among others, that we all would want. Best Wishes For You

Mar 08, 2017
Now you can access the Workbook!
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Stacey,

Congrats on getting your story published! In doing so, you've acquired valuable hands-on experience in responding to precise instructions, the very kind that you will encounter when applying for help of any kind.

You've now earned the right to access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

Click here to add your own comments

Return to US Georgia.