In 2005, three days after my 17th birthday I was in a rollover motor vehicle accident and ended up paralyzed from T4 down.
Since then I have graduated high school, went to college – which was difficult with my injury being so new and only being 18 years old at the time of going to college. I was not able to keep up and then I spent a couple years trying to just survive, than I got into dispatching for a little bit and I loved helping people but I had no vehicle to get to and from work consistently, that plus all the medical things I was dealing with made it difficult to keep the job.
I then continued to try and live until 2015 when I got a job dispatching in eastern Oklahoma for a year. After that year I wanted more for myself so I decided to go back to school online and I spent the next four years completing two bachelors degrees.
I graduated the same year COVID hit and have been job searching since with no luck. I would prefer remote but I will take what I can get. I have been trying everything I can to get on my feet and make a life but I keep getting knocked down at every turn and getting no help and I do not know what to do anymore.
I need help in every way, everything I look up either requires that I would need to have a developmental disability, be a veteran or I would need to be way more disabled than being just paralyzed from my pecks down.
I want to be a productive member of society and have a job and have my own things, but where I live right now will not let me do that and I have no way to get out of here. I want to show people that someone in a chair is just as capable as they are and to show kids and other people with disabilities that anything is possible.
I am looking for a vehicle that is reliable and has air conditioning so I don’t almost die every time I need to go somewhere, and finances. If I could get to where I want to live and get a place, that would allow me to get set up so I can actually have an opportunity to have a life, career, and future.
If I stay where I am my life is going to be staring at the same four walls for as long as I am alive. I am drowning and I am trying to grab for anything I can to stay afloat. I need as much help as possible and I do not know where to turn.