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Disability Grant To Help Sciatica And Graves Disabled Woman With School

by Mary Ann Logan
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

I am a 51-year-old woman with a 28-year-old daughter and a six-year-old grandson.

I live in Los Angeles and this has been my home for my whole life.

My daughter is a chef and she had to go back to school at 27. She has become an inspiration to me showing me it's never too late to go back to school.

Disability Issues

My disability began in 2009 when my back went out completely. I was unable to walk so when I finally went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with sciatica caused by a bulging disc.

I also have Frozen Shoulder (left), which causes limited mobility and constant pain.

In addition, I have Grave's Disease, which causes constant fatigue so I have to rest and not over-exert myself.

Standing too long or sitting too long is not good for me. I must be able to sit when I need to or stand when necessary.

My disability status at this time is I cannot work outside the home at this time because of my sciatica.

Financial Hardship

My only source of income is SSI and SSDI and it barely covers my basic needs, so some months I have to do without just to make sure I can pay my rent.

I live in a single apartment. It is enough space for me and I do not have any issues with my apartment. If I needed any repairs the landlord would take care of it.

I am not working at this time because of my disability.

My transportation consists of friends taking my to doctor appointments and the Cityride van that also picks me up and takes me to doctor appointments and other errands.

I take seven medications every day. Two of them cause drowsiness. After taking them, within an hour I must lie down.

Income Efforts

I have not worked since 2009, which means I received General Relief for about one year and food stamps for two years.

I was awarded my SSI and SSDI in 2012. That only covers my rent, electric and gas bill. I am in the hole every month.

I have looked at some online work-from-home jobs but they all need money upfront, which I do not have. So that won't work for me.

I have applied for FASFA and have been approved but it will not be enough to cover all my needs so I can go to back to school online.

My friends don't have a lot of money so I rarely go to them when I need something. I just wait until I get another check.

Specific Needs

I am looking for a grant to further my education to help me get a laptop and books so I can take a medical coding course at Westwood College online.

I need to take a course so that if my disability improves I may be able to go back to work so I want to take advantage of this time.

It's really hard for me to ask for help sometimes but this is something I really want to do and I know I need some help to go back to school.

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