Hey everybody, I'm Justin. I was born with a brain tumor diagnosed later in life as DNET. Most people with this diagnosis receive surgery during single digit age. My symptoms were not as severe, but I lived with migraine/seizure, gaps in memory until a diagnosis at age 35. My surgery was a week later, and it involved removal of part of my brain. The healing process was different for me compared to kids because they're still developing, and that process gets slower and slower after childhood. It has become clear that I still suffer to the seizure diagnosis and lapses in memory... mainly people's names, being able to quote things I've been told, and keeping up with conversations. While I do feel great progress, and know that I've got it in me to get further, the past few years have hurt my household finances. Personally, I have no banking or investment, and currently fully rely on my fiancee and government programs. I have two sons, 13 and 10. My progress will soon take me back to some form of income, but it is in writing by Social Security that I am not able to continue what I have experience with. I applied for social security disabilities, and it was decided that I have regained enough ability to find work, but there's a chance I've just missed the mark for receiving disability for the year following the surgery. It was suggested after just 49 weeks that I start driving when I am symptom free, and you need 52 weeks of total disability to be approved. Just so it's part of this, as I'm writing this, it is a little more than 14 months since the surgery. I'm only looking for enough assistance to replace what I may have gotten from specific government assistance. $800 a month for 11 months. Obviously, more would be appreciated until I have figured out how to get back to normal income, but every little bit will help us.
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