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Ryan's Needs

Organized by: Michelle Palmer

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In 2004, when my youngest was 4, her father died from an accidental overdose of prescribed medication. 2 of her 3 sisters were still living at home, so I had my hands full. Over the years, Ryan's sisters graduated High School, and one went on to college. But Ryan was always high maintenance. She had so much anger, and the elementary school in Austin, Tx helped her deal with that. But once she started Middle school, things became harder. In 2012 Ryan, I , and one of her sisters moved to North Carolina, so that her sister could take advantage of a scholarship at Wake Forest. Ryan's ability to deal and adapt was severely challenged. We tried homebound, we tried everything, but eventually I had to pull her out to homeschool. In the Fall of 2015 I enrolled Ryan in public HS. It wasn't long before the school's IEP team went to work to try to find a way for Ryan to continue in HS. She was having severe sensory issues, along with vertigo, IBS, and migraines. By December, they had diagnosed her with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The combinations of disorders are still causing her to miss a lot of school. I had discovered in June 2015 that my Survivor benefits would end when Ryan turned 16 in December. I immediately began job hunting, and thought this week I had finally found one, but the temp agency didn't get my background check done in time. I am still applying for jobs, and still going through interviews - but at 52, I am having trouble finding a company willing to take me on. I am doing everything I can to help my child succeed while keeping a roof over our heads. I will sell whatever I have to. But I have a good deal of debt from trying to finally complete my college degree - I thought I had more time, but I don't. I am not giving up on my job search - but I could really use some time to get there. Ryan is the most important person in the world to me right now - giving her the security she needs is vital to her progress. I hate asking for help, but for her sake, I will. Anything would help. I just need to keep the bills paid and creditors off my back until I secure a position. It would mean the world to us. I'm not saying we deserve this. Were it not for Ryan's issues, I would have started job hunting much sooner. Now I have no choice. But it's taking a lot longer than I expected. Forsyth County has had her Medicaid application since December, and they won't even let me see a case worker because it was filed electronically by Healthcare,gov. Meanwhile her medical bills are increasing monthly. We just need to get by for a couple of months. I hate to ask, but we don't have family to help, and things are getting pretty desperate. Thank you, Michelle Palmer


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