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Disability Grants And Help For Marissa To Live More Comfortably With Multiple Sclerosis

by Marissa Farnes
(Mount Pleasant, Utah, USA)

I am a 33-year-old female currently residing in Mount Pleasant, Utah.

I have an amazing 11-year-old son, named Phoenix, who is the apple of my eye.

Marissa and Son Phoenix.
Marissa and Son Phoenix

I am currently separated and going through a divorce with my husband of 14 years.

I come from a rather large family. I have four older sisters, three older brothers and three younger brothers.

Disability Issues

In 2005 I gave birth to my son. A week later I started to get electrical shock sensations down my right leg.

Over the next two years I would lose function of various places on my right side. They would go back to normal within a week or two so I never worried about it too much.

In February 2007 the whole right side of my body lost all function and I was admitted to the hospital. After a series of tests I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Treatment was going well until about two years ago when my right leg stopped responding to me.

Financial Hardship

I was awarded Supplemental Security Income, which pays $733 monthly. SSI allows me minimal work opportunities due to my disability.

I am about to lose my insurance once my divorce is final. I am really worried about being able to afford my medical care, so I need to get on Medicaid.

I also live two hours away from my doctor and don't always have gas to get to appointments.

Income Efforts

I have applied for low-income housing and I am currently on the waiting list. Thankfully I have an amazing sister who recently let me move into her home with her two kids.

I have tried selling products online with no luck.

A grant to go back to school would help me get a good-paying career.

Specific Needs

I'd like to get:

- Info on school grants so I can go to college

- Medicaid so I do not have to stop treatment when I lose insurance

- Physical therapy so I can try to remind my leg it is part of my body

- Advice from others who have gone through similar situations

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Sep 19, 2016
Thank you!
by: Marissa Farnes

Thank you so much for assisting me with my story! It was so difficult to get it all out there but I am excited to make it work for me!! Thank you for the assistance on that!!

Sep 18, 2016
The Workbook is key
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Marissa,

Now that your story is published, you can access the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story as a springboard to getting the help you need.

Don Coggan

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