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Disability Grants For Christie With Multiple Disabilities To Build Work At Home Business

by Christie Brown
(Plumerville, Arkansas, USA)

I'm a 50-year-old woman with major depressive disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, fibromyalgia, feet deformities, neuropathy, chronic insomnia, low vision and back problems.

Christie With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Grants For Home Business
Christie With Multiple Disabilities Seeks Grants For Home Business

I have one son and a granddaughter who do not live near me. I don't get to see them as much as I would like.

I was divorced in 2001 and had older parents who became sick shortly after. First was my father whom I cared for until he died in 2003 and then my mother who died in 2007. I worked in outside sales during these years as well.

I was homeless from 2008, when I lost my home, until last fall. I received a personal loan to purchase a HUD repo house in October of 2016, with the terms that I would get financing in two years to pay back the personal loan.

I am currently living in the house that I purchased north of Plumerville, Arkansas with my two dogs. I was born and raised in Plumerville and it is good to be back.

Disability Issues

I have been diagnosed with eight different disabling issues for which I take nine different prescription medications. I have refused to take the stronger narcotic pain medications over the years and try very hard to endure the pain.

I fear the effects of medications realizing that while they may help one issue they also create other issues.

My father was diagnosed with Alzheimers at the age of 65 but had taken very strong medications for a broken back for 10 years prior to his Alzheimers diagnosis and I feel like they were the trigger.

Last year I began seeing a rheumatologist who has prescribed Lyrica and Tylox which are helping a great deal. Through my refusal to take anything stronger than Ibuprofen for several years, I ended up with gastrointestinal problems.

Financial Hardship

I was awarded $819 SSDI which is not enough to pay my basic bills and a house payment, taxes, and insurance.

I need safe entrances such as decks, porches, and parking on the outside of my home, on top of the utilities.

I also need help with payments for food, house, taxes, insurance, food, clothes, medications and personal care items.

I have severe dental problems that need to be addressed and am experiencing blurred vision from the Lyrica. I may need eye surgery, if I am a candidate, to try to correct the low vision as much as possible.

I have three years of college and would go back to get a degree if it would allow me to work from home (maybe as an online teacher). I feel this would give me the capabilities of working a longer amount of time in life.

My credit was ruined when I became disabled, and about half of my credit issues were student loans for which I have gotten forgiveness, but are still on my credit file.

I have been told by Arkansas Vocational Rehabilitation that I have too much education and experience for them to pay for any further education but I have not been able to find a job that I can perform with my disabilities.

There are two things that I have experience with from many years ago which helped me earn a part-time income. These are raising pedigree dogs and buying used furniture and accessories for re-sale.

Income Efforts

I have trained for two different work-from-home positions with the help of AVRC. The first one was with National Telecommute Institute (NTI) who placed me in a seasonal position with the IRS.

When it came time to train with the IRS, I was told that my AVRC counsellor did not send in the requested paperwork and that I could not attend the IRS training.

This setback came after I had already spent a lot of money on a computer and office equipment. To make matters worse, I had to pay too much for through QVC because they let me make monthly payments.

They also told me that I needed to move my Ticket To Work over to their program so that they could “better” serve me. My AVRC, Amanda, and her boss (the head of AVRC) determined that we should avoid NTI from that point forward.

I have applied for countless jobs at this point and either don’t have the right skills or the right Internet speeds to do the work.

In August of 2015 I had saved enough money to pay for classes at Career Step to become a certified medical transcription editor.

I finished the first half of the program three months early with an A in my classes. The pain in my hands hindered me from typing fast and from typing for a long period of time so I was not interested in the transcribing because I knew I could not do it.

I was told by the Career Step recruiter that editing work would not require a lot of typing. He told me that there was voice recognition software that would allow me to only have to edit the transcription.

He was correct; however, he did not mention that the second half of the program did require constant sitting and typing. It is called the practicum part of the program. I believe it is designed to show the companies they place their students with that the students have had lengthy experience in transcribing. This was something I was NOT interested in attempting.

I have now paid for two extensions and cannot pay for another and am not finished with the practicum.

Since I initially started the program I have been prescribed medications that are affecting my low vision and have become exasperated with the idea of even being able to edit.

My last appointment with AVRC in January, my counsellor referred me to disability.org and is checking to see if they can help me with software that might assist me with finishing the transcribing program.

I have yet to hear from her and I now only have two and a half months left to finish the program before having to purchase another extension at $70 a month.

I have already spent an estimated $2,400 with this company and now that I am living alone and responsible for the costs of utilities, food, clothing, etc. I cannot afford any other extra costs.

Specific Needs

I am seeking information and help with:

- Grants
- Loans
- Dental Assistance
- Improvements on my home for safety reasons
- Help to own my own business
- House insurance
- Taxes

Business Idea

I would like to buy and sell used furniture and décor that I would refurbish and sell through flea markets. I will need a truck, trailer, storage building, and money to buy inventory.

I would also like to buy three German Shepard pedigree dogs to breed and sell. I have chosen this breed to provide protection for myself as well as to sell to others for protection. I have NO desire to be a puppy mill.

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Dec 20, 2017
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by: YourIrena Real Name

Hi Christie, Thank you for your story. I too am considering a business and need some financial backing for start-up. I also have a number of things that affect my taking the route that most people take. I have brain tumors, 2 back injuries, am loosing my sight, the use of my hands and legs at times is extremely painful yet, we seem to both have the souls of artist. Keep up the good work, know you aren't alone and God loves those who don't give up. Your tenacity will bring you to your hearts desire. Remember to BELIEVE in yourself and others will believe in you to. Irene

Mar 12, 2017
Thank you
by: Christie

Thank you for publishing my story. It is a great relief to be able to tell it and see it published. I am excited to be on this journey with ability-mission.

Mar 11, 2017
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by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Christie,

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

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