Back Pain Disabled 47 Year Old Man Seeks Grant Money For Debt Relief
by Jim Pennington
(Delaware, Ohio, USA)
I am a 47-year-old man that is happily married with two sons. My wife is wonderful and my boys are grown up and moved out.
In the year 2000 I started to notice that my back was hurting during work and then it got to the point where I couldn't stand up straight and I was missing work.
I went to the doctor and got x-rays and found that two cushions in my back were dead and pinching my spinal cord in half.
So I had a laminectomy done on L4 and L5 of my spine. The pain didn't go away and two years later I had a spinal fusion with rods and screws.
Still didn't help the pain and finally went for a spinal stimulator implant in 2004. That was the last procedure I had done and I am still in pain and it's now 2011.
I have waited three years for SSDI and just received it in February of this year.
In 2005 I was laid off from a job that I really liked. This was during the time of our most recent depression and after all my back surgeries.
And during this same time my wife was laid off too.
I tried to find work but everyone was down sizing or laying off people. I had put out over 150 applications.
During this time I was using my 401K to pay bills and then I got my job back with my company only to lose my job a year later due to my chronic back pain.
My back pain was keeping me from doing any type of work and my doctors were giving me so much medication that it was too risky to drive my car.
Now my bills are pilling up and I am on the verge of losing my home.
Since 2008 I have been trying to get SSDI and I also went to job and family services to get assistance for food.
My family and friends have been helping us with utilities. I have been looking for a job on the Internet but most of them are scams.
I'm looking for a grant so I can pay down my bills and help me to keep my home long enough to sell it.