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Fish And Wildlife Grant Equivalent To Help Habitat For Accident Disabled Woman

by Joyce Tolbert
(Pottsboro, Texas, USA)

I am a 64-year-old woman, divorced with 12 children, including blood, stepchildren, adopted and fosters.

I have over 20 grandchildren, but can't see them because of a crime by my ex-husband.

As a youngster, on up to now, I have loved to be outside, playing sports, gardening, and just enjoying nature.

Over the years, I've been in several car accidents, was thrown over the head of a 24-hands-high horse, and suffered several injuries.

In March 1980, I had to go on disability retirement from my federal government job. My health has just gotten worse since then.

My cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas are all, now, in a jumbled mess. I have degenerative joint disease up and down my spine; and, probably, am looking at neck surgery in the not-too-distant future.

In 1987, I ruptured a tendon in my left ankle and had to get a brace on that leg from the knee down. Just a few months later, I got a matching brace on the right leg. At least it's a matching set.

Most of the time, I use a power chair to get around in. I will walk inside my house some, just to keep the muscles toned, while I can. But I can walk entirely through my house only about once a day.

My computer is sitting in front of a window that looks out into my backyard. The only thing I have back there is a shed and a little oak tree, that was planted just last year, as I bought this house in August, 2008.

I have a lift on the back of my car, but really only use it for going to doctors and occasionally the grocery store and pharmacy.

I really miss being able to go outside to nature trails or wherever wildlife is. I have an occasional raccoon or coyote come through here.

What I would really like to get, and they used to be available, is a grant for someone to make my backyard into a wildlife habitat.

I would like to have some concrete paths too, where I could have access to it in my chair, in case something needed taken care of in there.

I have a privacy fence around my backyard, but it could be adapted for the wildlife to get in there, and birds can always get in.

I could look out my bedroom windows at the wildlife any time I wanted, and it would be almost like being out there, like I always used to enjoy.

I have bipolar disease, too, and I would have that peaceful calming effect, any time I wanted to look out at it. If I could have this in back, I would also be able to see out if I'm ever bedridden again.

I also can't be outside very much because of having so many allergies. I do go out to water my flowerbeds and the house foundation, but come back in as soon as possible.

Three weeks ago, I had to have my dog euthanized. This is my farewell picture with her. I don't have a pic of my yard.

There you have it - my dream. Fish and Wildlife Commission used to have these grants.

Due to the problems with my neck, I can't be on my computer as much as I would like, either. That's why I'm asking for your help. Thank you.

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Jun 09, 2010
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by: Katina from Accessible.org

As a disabled person myself, I can sympathize with your situation and I definitely understand your need for help.

I've done a bit of research and found these resources for you:

The Pepsi Refresh Project

Do Something Great Grant

Others reading your story may be able to contribute more. In any case, please let us know if they've been helpful to you.

Thank you for sharing your story.

Katina from Accessible.org

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