Job Working With Hands Would Help Single Mom With Facial Arthritis Pain
by Hanan Yamini
(Atlanta, GA, USA)
I am 29. I am an African American female and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a single mother, raising a daughter who is seven and a daughter who is nine.
I love my daughter more than anything in the world, and I would do anything in my power to provide for them and myself.
I love providing for my daughters and making them happy. I know that to become the best provider, I need to receive the right education.
That is why I entered the University of Phoenix online college to receive my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have my Associates degree in Psychology, and I will be finished with my Bachelor's degree in psychology by December 2014.
I will be extremely proud of myself.
Doctors diagnosed me with facial arthritis. Many have heard of other forms of the arthritis but not facial.
Another doctor said that my nerves are extremely sensitive. I have had facial arthritis since 2006. I have been disabled since 2006.
All I know is that I was in a stressful situation with my fiancé and something popped on the right side of my head, and my face has not been the same since.
I experience chronic excruciating pain. The pain is all around and through my head. I developed a chronic facial tick, and my face is crooked.
It feels like some muscles or tissues in my face are pulling from the front of my face to the back of my face, and the pain hurts very bad.
From this chronic pain my mood goes up and down, so I have also been diagnosed with mild schizophrenia, major depression, and severe anxiety disorder.
I took Prozac, Seroquel, Zoloft and many other psychiatric medications, but none of them have stopped the painful pull of muscles in my face nor stopped the chronic pain.
I was hospitalized in a psychiatric ward five times since 2006. I received electroconvulsive therapy, a CT scan, an MRI and other medical techniques to solve my disability.
After trying all of that I still have the facial arthritis and still experience chronic pain. Loud noises also cause me pain.
When my neighbor in the apartment above me throws thing down on the floor above my ceiling, I feel excruciating pain throughout my whole body.
I'm in so much pain that I cannot even move. I just lie there.
Neurologists told me that there is permanent damage to my face, and said there was nothing they could do to fix my facial arthritis.
They gave me pain medication, but it makes me feel so sleepy that it is hard to be aware when I am doing daily activity.
It is hard to cross the street with my daughter, because I feel so sleepy.
I had to stop taking the pain medication because I need to be aware when I am doing daily activities or taking my children places.
I receive a disability check every month for $756, and I receive an electricity check for $56 every month. That is not enough money for me to live off of.
Though the Atlanta Housing Authority pays our rent, I still have to pay my water bill, Georgia power bill, phone bill, cable bill and Internet bill (for school). And I need to get my carpet cleaned monthly, buy my children clothes and shoes, and get all the other things that we need.
I am also paying off three credit card bills every month, which takes more away from my disability income.
I also need dental care that my medical insurance does not pay for.
Because of my chronic severe facial pain, chronic facial twitch, mood swings, and severe anxiety disorder I am not able to work around people who do not meet my specific working needs. People will not understand.
I am however able to earn an additional $1000 a month and still keep my disability checks if I take advantage the "Ticket to Work" program."
I sent my application, but the jobs that they offer require that I answer the phone. It is extremely hard for me to stay on the phone for longs periods of times because it causes severe pain to my face.
Recently, I applied for a job referral for people with disabilities to do work with my hands. I am on the waiting list for that. The work that I can do is type, and do anything with my hands, such as stack up boxes etc.
I would ultimately like a job that allows me to work by myself or with a small group of people. I would like to work as an online chat operator or typist.
I would also like a job that allows me to work with my hands, such as organizing, stacking boxes, stuffing envelopes etc. These are the only jobs I can do.
I just need more income to provide for myself and my two daughters. I would like a grant.
I would also like to make jewelry. I would like to make necklaces, earring, bracelets, that cater to women, teenage girls, and little girls.
I love making jewelry, and I have a creative fashionable sense about what women like in designs and textures.
As a child, I loved to design women's clothing, and I still love designing anything that makes women feel fashionable, beautiful and contemporary.
In college I took fashion classes and I really enjoyed them. I love creativity, and that is why I would like to start my own Jewelry line.
I love making difference shapes, sizes and designs from scratch. I love making original designs. My jewelry would be priced from $6 to $20.