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Disabled Mother And Deaf Daughter Seek Money For Home And Hearing Aids

by B. Helen McGregor
(Holt, Michigan, USA)

My name is Helen and I am a 66-year-old woman.

I have a beautiful daughter who will be 42. She is a sweet young woman who is hearing impaired. My daughter is one of my best friends.

We both like to read (mainly mysteries) and to try our hands at cooking new things.

Disability Issues

As I previously mentioned my daughter is hearing impaired. Currently, we are trying to get the state to help her get new hearing aids.

As for me, I broke my hip about 10 years ago. Unfortunately, numerous surgeries left me disabled and unable to work.

I was diagnosed with:

- degenerative joint disease,
- sacroiliac pain,
- degenerative lumbar facet pain
- generalized osteopenia
- electro diagnostic abnormalities of the left lower extremity
- left obturator nerve mononeuropathy
- lateral femoral cutaneous plexopathy
- lumbosacral plexopathy.
- arthritis of the hands, knees and back.

I take pain medication every day. I usually have more bad days than good.

Financial Hardship

Just as my Unemployment Benefits were running out, I broke my hip.

After much fighting, I finally got SSD, which I received until just recently when it switched over to SS. However, by the time I received SSD I had already lost my house.

In 2011, I had to have emergency surgery. Medicare just pays 80% and I was not able to receive extra help as now I have medical bills that I am not able to pay.

I no longer have a car, so I must rely on my daughter or my friends to get me places.

What hurts the most though (aside from being in chronic pain) is that I no longer have my own place.

Income Efforts

My daughter works very hard and only gets minimal income ($200 a month plus food stamps).

My unemployment was running out when I broke my hip.

After a long process of hiring a lawyer, I finally received SSD, but was too late as I lost my home.

To pay the bills, we depend on the $1100 I get with SS. This makes it very difficult.

Specific Needs

I would like my daughter to receive new hearing aids and a better part-time job.

I would like to move to a warmer state (no snow) and own my home (mobile) again.

I have been told if I fall, I could be left in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. This is why I would like to move into a mobile home.

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Oct 07, 2013
Thank You
by: Anonymous

Thank you so very much for printing my letter. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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