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Government Grant To Give Crohn Disabled Man Better Life Prospects

by Tino Smith
(Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

My name is Tino Smith, and I am looking for help in the form of a government grant or similar to help me build the life my disability took from me.

When I was in high school I had plans of going to college and pursuing an education along with possibly a career in baseball.

Since I was going to college on a baseball scholarship, this seemed to be a distinct possibility. I also loved boxing and had been training in all sorts of fighting disciplines since I was six.

But my favorite fighting style was boxing, and I thought I had a shot at becoming a professional boxer.

But before I even finished high school I was stricken with a genetic disease that affected my immune system and subsequently began destroying me internally and emotionally.

The disease that turned my life upside down is Crohn's Disease; and most people that are afflicted with this disease have it in a mild fashion compared to how acute and chronic my condition is.

Doctors, family, and friends have never understood how terrible my disease is. I was in severe pain 24/7 and experiencing diarrhea 10-20 times a day.

I still made it to college at the University of Pittsburgh. In my final semester, though I became so ill I had to leave school to undergo an ileostomy.

This procedure was supposed to fix everything for up to seven years, but the ulcers started growing on a new section of my intestine before I was discharged from the hospital.

Since then I have been too sick to go back to school and have had to apply for disability. It is very hard to live off of $400 a month.

I am not a lazy drunk drug addict who doesn't want to work and so applied for disability (like some of the "disabled").

I want to have a life and a career, but I am unable to function normally due to this disease I have. Living with a terrible disease is stressful enough, but on top of that I have to survive on less than $5,000 a year.

If there is grant money available, I am certainly in need. I am a good person who still wants to become something in life, but the odds are stacked against me.

I got on disability as a last resort, not because I am lazy. So any monetary help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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Apr 06, 2010
All in Good Faith
by: Chivonda Clinton


I just read your story. I posted my story because I am in need of a grant as well. It is very hard to survive off of social security (I've suffered from this disease since 1992 when I was only 14 years old nowI am 32). I just want you to know that I understand your pain and fustration and know all too well that we deserve some help.

God Bless

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