It's scary how your life can change in a blink of an eye!
Organized by: Angelica Frances
Angelica Frances via Crowdrise
July 17, 2014
My time in this world is limited for medical reasons. Do to genetic autoimmune disorder many of the women in my family die young. I am the first woman in my family to live past the age of 42.I am 48 now. The first to see my children grown and meet my grandchildren. I am exceedingly blessed.
I made a promise to God that if I was able to live to see my children grown. I would spend all that remains of my live dedicated in his service and changing the lives of others. This is a promise I wholeheartedly intend to keep.
I have experienced a lot of opposition in keeping this promise I made to me and God.
On 8 -6 2007 we were T'd by vehicle on the highway. I was in the front passenger’s seat the closest point of impact. My right shoulder was (internally) severed a few muscles and skin stayed intact. I lost about 60% of my hearing in my right ear. My lungs and face were severely burned leaving me with about 75% lung capacity. 5 discs in my back were damaged one disk S1 lower back was torn/ruptured. I could barely walk or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. I was having multiple seizures. I had very little feeling and very limited use of my right arm and I also had limited use of my upper RT torso. One of my sons and daughter were also in the car accident and sustained several injuries.
I needed to move to disability specialized housing. Until then I had never had any knowledge of the abuse, neglect and discrimination people with disabilities are faced with, almost daily. I have live at this facility for 5 years under appalling conditions. I could not leave because of the nature of the surgeries and medical care I needed was time sensitive. It was Now or Never! So I endured through 21 surgical procedures and three major surgeries for me. Also two cancer scars and four surgeries for my son as well. The final surgery (I pray) was last November 2013. Incurring at least $500,000 in medical bills and expenses only part of which has been paid by insurance. The 16yr old who hit us only had $50,000 in insurance.
It has been a very long and extremely painful journey. All though I have come a long way we still have a long way to go in my recovery. I have at least 42 staples, screws and pins holding the right side of my body together.
Despite everything, I have not wavered much. I continued my work, WYDK TV. http://wydktv.com/ sometimes it seemed it was the only thing that fueled me. It never failed on my darkest days I'd get a letter or email from someone say how much something we did or taught helped them and it would reignite my fire and passion. Because the work requires so much focus I would often forget the pain while I was working.
Because I have stood up for what is right and reported the abuse and conditions to the proper authorities. In behalf of myself and the thousands of others with disabilities that are housed in facilities that are managed by the same corporation that manages our facility I am being targeted. Approximately 85% of the combined tenants are developmentally disabled or otherwise incapable addressing the legal matters. I had to speak out they were putting people's health and safety in serious danger! There has been a never ending bombardment of very intense retaliation against me and my family.
I need to be able to move from here to a new place that accommodates my disabilities. I've need adaptive equipment to continue my work, specialized medical care and prosthetics that are not covered by my medical insurance.
God says "Ask and it shall be given". I am asking. No words can begin to encompass how hard this is for me