Amy's replacement braces/medical

Hi, my name is Amy.  The reason I created this page is because I need your help.I was born with a birth defect (handicap).  My right leg didn’t grow along with the rest of my body so it’s 2” shorter than my left leg.   Also doesn’t heal normally like the rest of my body.  Doctors couldn’t figure out the cause.   When I was 17 I sprained my ankle and was on crutches for 4 years until by ankle was ok to walk on.  I’ve had several surgeries when I was young to help with my leg causing my heart to be enlarged.  My heart also had a hole in it which, fortunately, healed itself.   I’m also prone to leg ulcers, similar to diabetic ulcers.   The last ulcer I had took over 10 years to heal, after 2 apligraf’s and a skin graft.   During that time I had MRSA several times.  I wear a custom Jobst stocking to keep my leg from swelling.   I’ve had to wear it since before I was one.  

I’ve not seen my leg as a disability or handicap and have pushed forward with my life.  I started working as soon as I was able.   To prove to myself I could do it on my own.  I have been able to do that.  For 14 years I worked 2 jobs to take care of myself because I didn’t want any help.   I haven’t needed it until now.    I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to get disability.    As I’ve gotten older, my leg has gotten worse.  I have constant pain.    Going to the grocery store is even a huge effort these days.  Social Security is dragging their feet.   Part of the issue is my age…too young to get help even though I need it.

I’ve decided and bills have decided for me that I can’t wait any longer.   I’m currently looking for work.

The reason I’m asking for your help is for my braces.   I have a custom ankle brace and knee brace.  My kneecap likes to slide out when it feels like it.   My knee brace keeps my kneecap from doing that & causing me intense pain.  I have trouble walking & doing day to day chores. 

To be able to function as normally as I can I need my braces.  My ankle brace is falling apart & my knee brace is a few years old.   I’m waiting on healthcare from the state but  I need to work.    Their issue is “pre-existing” condition and I’m doing what I can to get what I need.  I am the only one supporting myself.   Luckily, my family has helped me lately.  I’m stuck between a rock & a hard place right now.  I need to get my braces to be able to walk & so I can work.   I’d rather be able to work & stay mobile for as long as I can & not have to be in a wheelchair.   I just need help to replace my braces & my custom Jobst support stocking so that I can get back on my feet.

I will happily pay it forward as soon as I am able to.

Thank you for taking the time to read this & God bless.

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Amy Dye
Elgin, IL

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