Hi everyone! My name is Amanda Dodson. I am 34 years old and I am disabled. I was born with a very rare genetic disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Type 4. It is the 6th rarest genetic disease on earth. I have lived my entire life in a wheelchair, having others take care of my needs. As a child I broke hundreds of bones and was in pain daily. When my body hit maturity, the breaking slowed down and my bones strengthened more.
In 2009, I was faced with the decision that resulted in facing my fears and learned how to begin to live independently. Before, I was unable to do anything for myself. Now, I am able to transfer by myself, bathe, cook, clean, and care for my pets. I was able to keep my house and I achieved a dream I NEVER thought I would achieve! I even have my Driver's Permit now!
Now, I have ONLY one more goal that I have been unable to achieve, due to financial hurdles. I wish to get off disability and go to college and become a tax paying citizen. I've been offered a college degree, and driving lessons through Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation, but I am unable to afford to pay for a handicap accessible van. This van is the last hurdle I need in order to achieve TOTAL independence. Right now, I have to depend on flaky people for rides. I don't go out with friends, or many family functions because I am stuck at home.
I want nothing more than the freedom that everyone else has on a daily basis. Even going to the store for a loaf of bread would be the best feeling ever! Any money I receive will go strictly to my purchase of a brand new van. Any left over money will go into an account to help me pay my auto insurance and tag costs.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my quest for independence. I appreciate your time! Best wishes!
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