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Disability Grants To Help Tamera With Spider Bite Acute Transverse Myelitis

by Tamera Moultrie
(North Charleston, SC, USA)

My name is Tamera Moultrie. I am a 29 year old female from South Carolina.

I am married with a daughter who is four and son who is five months. We love living in the low country as it is really beautiful here.

Disability Issues

I was bitten by a spider in 2002 at the age of 16. I went to the doctor and was given medicine. Nine months later I started having sharp pains on the left side of my back.

After about a week the pain went away. About a week after that I started having sharp pains on the right side. I shrugged it off a little since it went away on the other side.

But this time around the pain was getting worse and worse. It was getting harder and harder to turn my neck, bend down, and get dressed.

One night the pain was so intense that I finally decided it was time to go to the ER.

They took x-rays, urine, blood and determined that I must have pulled a muscle at work and prescribed medicine and sent me home.

Not even 24 hours later I was paralyzed from the chest down, incontinent, and scared out of my mind.

The venom from the spider bite went to the base of my spine and caused the tissues around my spinal cord to swell and press my nerves and there is scar tissue on my spinal cord.

My diagnosis is officially called Acute Transverse Myelitis. I was confined to a wheelchair for five years and now walk with a walker.

Financial Hardship

Most of my disability benefits go towards my mortgage. There is little to nothing left to do anything else with.

I would love to do things with my children because they do not deserve to have a less than exciting life because their mom is disabled.

I've burned through a few wheelchairs, a couple walkers, medicine, protective underwear and they add up.

Income Efforts

I was very young when I became disabled, but I have always been hardworking. I was hired on my first job on my 16th birthday.

So I have no problem getting out there and earning and working for the things that I need.

I am just limited in the kind of jobs that I can get to provide for my family. I can't lift or carry anything. I can't stand or sit for extended amounts of time.

I have tried to go to work. Sometimes ignoring my physical pain just so I can have the basic essentials to survive on a day to day basis.

I receive some food stamps to help us eat but it only helps out a little because they do not give much for the size of my household.

My family isn't too much help being that most of them need help themselves.

I am currently going to school to get my Associates Degree in Accounting so that I may be able to make a decent income in spite of my condition.

Specific Needs

Right now if I could get some assistance in obtaining a vehicle to get me and my family around that would be the best thing that could happen to us right now.

My four year old is getting older and would like to do things like tee-ball and dance class and it's hard getting her to and from when I have to rely on other people for transportation.

Both of my children have doctor's appointments to get to and we are constantly on other people's schedule for a ride.

Every move I make has to be calculated and I can only request rides for appointments. No quick runs to the store to browse. No quick outing to a park. No spontaneous anything.

I want a better opportunity to do more for my children as we deserve better. We don't bother anyone. We just want to live decently.

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Jul 04, 2015
Life and Disabilities
by: Sheila Paris

Hi Tamera,

You certainly have your hands full with family and such a devastating disability. Have you had a chance to get into Don's Workbook yet? He has an amazing list of resources there that I know will be of help to you.

His associate, Brian Therrien, also has a passion for the disabled, and you can reach him at:

The Disability Digest

Many blessings and I hope you find something to improve your life situation.

Sheila Paris

Jun 05, 2015
Workbook and a question...
by: Don from Ability Mission

Hi Tamera,

Congratulations on getting your story done! Now you can move on to the Workbook, which shows you how to use your story to get the help you need.

A question that will come up is this. You say that you are married, so what role does your partner play in your story? Just a question... people will want to know.

All the best,
Don Coggan

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