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Disability Grants To Help Bipolar Disabled Shaun Restore Debt Free Life With Home Business

by Shaun Bracewell
(Huntsville, Texas, USA)

My name is Shaun Patrick Bracewell. I'm a 35-year-old man on Disability. I have a nine-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son.

I was born in Houston, Texas and currently live in an apartment in Huntsville.

Bipolar Disabled Shaun With Mom Looking To Better Things With Home Business
Bipolar Disabled Shaun With Mom Looking To Better Things With Home Business

I moved here when my mother's health started to go downhill so I could be closer to her. She is 74 years old and suffers from three slipped discs in her back.

Disability Issues

My disability began in 1997, when I was 16. I was diagnosed with major depression and prescribed anti-depressants.

I fought through my mental problems long enough to receive my GED and go four years to the local community college.

I dropped out of College in 2003 and pursued work as a Direct Care assistant, which lasted two years.

By 2006, my mental state had progressed to manic depression at which point I was unable to hold any jobs. And carrying out everyday tasks proved to be very difficult.

I filed for Disability, was awarded it the second time I applied for it and started receiving monthly payments of $807 around 2009.

Within the last year my mental state has only worsened. I now suffer from severe anxiety, migraines and panic attacks.

I'm still getting $807 a month Social Security Disability for Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression.

Financial Hardship

I receive $807 monthly on Disability. This qualifies me for $185 in food stamps. My bills per month are as follows:

1. Rent - $400 per month
2. Cable - $125 per month
3. Computer - $135 per month
4. Payday Loan - $70 per month

Total bills = $730 for current month

Total left = $77

This remainder is what I have left to pay prescription bills, buy groceries, toiletries and clothes and make repairs on my bicycle.

I don't have a vehicle because I don't have good enough credit for a car loan.

The Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center where I need to go for counseling and to see the doctor about my prescriptions is too far out of town to ride my bike to. My Medicaid QMB (Qualified Medicare Beneficiary) will not provide medical transportation for me to this Center, so I have to pay for a taxi to see my doctor, which is very expensive.

Some helpful things I'd like but can't afford are: a new bed, a shower chair and a service dog (for panic disorder).

Income Efforts

Despite having very low points where sometimes I feel very helpless, sometimes I feel the exact opposite and feel like I'm Superman, able to take on the world.

On those days I have actually scoured the entire town going door-to-door looking for any type of work whatsoever.

Maybe I reek of desperation, maybe my hair's too short, maybe it's too long, maybe I have bad breath... If none of those were the cause of me not getting the job, the "Theft By Check" or "Driving While Intoxicated" charges on my criminal record always seem to do me in.

I've tried very hard to get a job, even though I know it's going to be very difficult for me with my conditions, but I just can't seem to win for losing when it comes to trying to find work.

It really leaves me with a defeated feeling.

Specific Needs

My specific needs include:

- a better means of transportation than my Schwinn bicycle
- a bigger place to do woodwork and expand my online resale business
- a computer course in Linux
- financial help paying off some bills and buying better healthier food

Business Idea

I was somewhat of a pack rat in High School and College. I had everything put into storage, but I am slowly moving things into my apartment and putting them up for sale on sites like eBay, Amazon, Etsy etc.

I'm also looking into residual side-projects such as homemade candles and soap making. Bead jewelry, such as bracelets and necklaces, are options that are appealing to me.

Right now I don't have the space (I live in an efficiency apartment) or capital to start any kind of projects like that.

Also I think if I knew a little more about open source computer programming, namely Linux, I might be able to create apps and such for smartphones or laptops, but I need someone to teach me.

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Mar 09, 2017
Thanks Don
by: Shaun Bracewell

I will get started on the Workbook right away.

Feb 21, 2017
The Workbook is key
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hello Shaun,

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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