Disabled Single Mother and Grandmother Seeks Grant Money For Debt Relief
by Terri Otes
(Essex, Maryland, USA)
I am a 49-year-old single mother and grandmother. I'm struggling financially and looking for grant money or anything really for debt relief.
I live in Baltimore MD and have two children and one grandchild who live with me. I have several health problems that have had me walking with a cane since 2003.
Last year I was approved for a motorized scooter to help me get around my home. However I cannot leave my home with the chair because I do not have a ramp from my deck to the ground.
I also cannot afford to purchase a trailer for the chair to attach to my daughters car. My health is getting progressively worse without any real hope of improving.
I would like to be able to leave my home to attend functions at my son's school. He is only 13 and I feel like I am not a good mother to him because I have been disabled since he was seven and have not been able to participate in activities with him like I did with my 21-year-old daughter.
I also have a two-year-old granddaughter who lives with me and I want to be an active participant in her life outside of our house.
My daughter is attending college full-time. She wants to be able to make enough money to help me out in the future, but for now things are tough.
I have to make a choice each month whether to pay bills such as electricity and medicine or buy food for the household. I usually neglect to get my medicine and do not pay my electric bill.
Right now I have a $2660 electric bill with a turn-off notice on its way. I do not know how I am going to pay it. I just applied for energy assistance. I hope it comes through for me.
My co-payments for my medicine can run as high as $300 a month. When I do not fill my prescriptions I obviously get worse.
I can't afford to get my eyeglasses, which I lost in November of 2009, and I cannot come up with the $356 payment to get new ones. That is going through the insurance. They do not pay for the progressive bifocals that I wear.
I would just like to get enough money to get myself out of debt and be mobile. I want to feel like a productive mother and grandmother instead of feeling like they would be better off without me around.
It is very depressing to have these worries every day. I sometimes have a hard time getting out of bed because I know all the problems I am going to face.
I am not asking anyone to pity me. I am only asking for help to get on my feet financially and to be able to access the outside world.
I can walk to the car with my cane if I take several pain pills but it is still difficult. Then I have to worry about how I am going to get around the store I am going to; if they do not have a scooter available for me I have to leave.
My daughter is forced to do most of my shopping for me now, which I wouldn't mind so much but I like to be able to do things for myself. My daughter has a very busy schedule attending college full-time, working part-time and raising a two year old.
I care for my granddaughter while my daughter goes to work and school with the help of my son after school and in evenings.
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