Congressman Barry Loudermilk
238 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
135 West Cherokee Street
Cartersville, GA 30120
Dear Congressman Loudermilk:
REQUEST FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY CLAIM for Mary Ann Bryant SS#: xxx-xx-xxxx
I am writing you about my situation which is in dire straits right now. I am from a large family and normally I am the one who is reaching out a helping hand but this time I am the one who is hurting and needs assistance. I am writing for your assistance. Most members of my family are life-long residents of Bartow County, Georgia, and we grew up in Cartersville. I have worked mostly in the healthcare industry in one form or another since I was eighteen years old. My late father retired from the US Military after years of service. My older brother is a minister and is currently also working as a surveyor for Bartow County. My younger brother has spent many years working as an assistant manager for Subway. My oldest sister is a high school principal in North Carolina. My second oldest sister works for the city of Atlanta. My point is that most everyone in my family, including my teenage children as well as adult nieces, nephews, and cousins, aunts and uncles are hard-working upstanding individuals. I was, too, however, I am now disabled with so many health problems that I have been unable to work for quite some time.
My name is Mary Ann. Listed below are a few statistics about me:
• Address: , ## Street, City, St 00000
• Telephone: 123-456-7890
• Social Security No.: xxx-xx-xxxx
• Date of Birth: xx/xx/xx
• Marital Status: Separated and no children together (Husband lives in Cartersville but I left because of domestic violence).
• Children: One 18 year old daughter who is currently a junior at Cass High School (she gets survivors benefits-father is deceased); one son who is 19 years old and works menial jobs through temp agencies; and one 11 year old daughter who is a 6th grade student at Cass Middle School.
• Work History: I worked as a CNA from age 18 up until age 26, after that a Customer Service Representative for electronic medical records retrieval company, a Wal-Mart Cashier, a Wal-Mart Pharmacy Technician, and a Home Health Care Aide.
Other personal information:
• My son has a hard time holding down a job because he often has to stay at home and help take care of me since I cannot afford to have a home health aide. My son also assists with some of my “not-too-personal” grooming needs when I’m hurting too bad (putting on I shoes, etc.), does the grocery shopping (while I rides in a motorized cart if the store has one, if not then I use my Rollator Walker), gets the mail in, does light housework (such as dusting, vacuuming, taking out trash, etc.), helps with cooking, laundry, and goes with me to almost all of my doctor appointments.
• I have not had a source of income except for the $619/month from the Survivors Benefit that I use to get from Social Security. My daughter turned 18 and the check now goes directly to her and her needs take the majority of the check and the rest goes to my cousin who we are living with, to help with her bills. I cannot pay my own bills and raise my children on that.
• We are living with my cousin, her husband, and their son. We stay in the lower quarters by the garage sleeping with three of us on one mattress and one on another set of mattresses. I do not own a vehicle anymore and complete dependant on borrowing others’ cars so that my son can take me to my doctor appointments. But I have no money to pay my family back for letting us use their cars.
•Other relatives sometimes helps pay my co-pays and medication costs and helping me out on an as-needed monthly basis, when there might be a little bit of extra money. Some churches have helped with school supplies, clothing, and food over the past few years that I haven’t been able to work.
- Just a thought between all of this info: We stay with relatives but it’s very stressful and the tension is enough that we really need to get out as soon as possible. I don’t have a car of my own and how am I supposed to be able to afford to put gas in any car just to get to the grocery store and to my doctor’s appointments? What about shoes and clothes for my growing 11 year daughter? It would be nice if I were to be able to save a couple dollars a month just in case I had an emergency and needed a few dollars?
• I previously applied for social security disability (SSDI) two times and have been denied. The first application was around November 2013. Then, with my attorney, Matthew Queen’s help I appealed and was denied and finally was able to request a hearing and I’ve been waiting for my hearing ever since.
During all this time I completed all of the required forms, and had an appointment with a social security psychologist which got cancelled, but I did see one of their medical doctors to no avail.
My list of medical problems/symptoms include:
• Trigeminal Neuralgia which is also known as the suicide disease and is one of the most painful afflictions known to the medical practice.
• Shortness of Breath due to pulmonary hypertension.
• Fibromyalgia (which I’ve been told not to call it that because the disability judges frown on that diagnosis) causing me severe pain. Affected areas are neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers, lower back, hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. Pain is excruciating and incapacitating.
• Joint Pain and Stiffness from the “fibromyalgia” that causes great stiffness and soreness in addition to the pain.
• Muscle Pain. This burning, gnawing, aching pain affects every muscle in my body.
• Sleep Apnea and Inability to Sleep. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, trouble breathing while lying in bed; Pain wakes me up when she does finally fall asleep and must toss and turn to find a position not painful. Hard to stay awake and concentrate the following day due to not enough quality sleep. My sleep apnea (stops breathing periodically when asleep) makes it difficult to get restful but I don’t have a CPAP breathing machine and oxygen because Wellcare of Georgia Medicaid determined that I don’t have enough stop breathing episodes to qualify for a machine.
• Inability to Walk and Stand for extended periods of time so I use a Rollator Walker 90% of the time. Can only walk a few steps at a time and cannot stand more than 5 minutes at a time due to lower back problems and sciatica that makes my back, thighs, legs and feet burn.
• Cognitive Dysfunction, inability to concentrate, trouble with short-term and long-term memory, head feels so fuzzy all of the time that I do not drive much times-my brain feels as fatigued as my body.
• Occasional Urinary Incontinence (I’ve had bladder surgery but I still have trouble sometimes with urinary urgency and incontinence.
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constant diarrhea and constipation.
• Headaches, experiences migraine and tension headaches, which includes vomiting
• Morbid Obesity.
• Acid Reflux, constant heartburn, stomach burning, and nausea.
• I take lots of medications including: Gabapentin, Baclofen, Tramadol, Lyrica, Losartan, Metoprolol, Lidocaine cream, Vistaril, Ventolin, Ranitidine,
- My surgical history includes: (1) Hysterectomy and bladder tack (2013), (2) ;Bilateral Carpal Tunnel Repair (2015), (3) two caudal epidural spinal injections for pain block in 03/15 and 04/15; (4) Right Inguinal Hernia Repair (early 2000s), and I have shoulder surgery coming up on May 13 this year.
As you can see from the list of my ailments above, Congressman Loudermilk, I am sick and unable to work. I am only 38 years old and I have worked all of my life, until my health started failing me a few years ago.
I am desperate. I NEED HELP NOW!!!!
I don’t receive much in food stamps and there isn’t much in the way of income to help take care of youngest daughter. Our family isn’t able to help much as many of them are just barely making ends meet to take care of their own families. Soon my kids and I will be looking for room in a homeless shelter because our living conditions are making my asthmatic children very sick. I didn’t ask for this but I am truly disabled, and am deserving of social security disability benefits.
CAN YOU CONTACT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AND EXPEDITE MY DISABILITY CLAIM? My claim number is #______________.
Once I am approved by SSDI, will I be able to keep getting food stamps and Medicaid – since I probably would not be eligible for Medicare? As ill as I am, and as many doctors that I must see on a continuing basis, I desperately needs the Medicaid and cannot afford to pay for private insurance.
I have become so depressed. It pains me for my children to see me this way and to not be able to afford for them even the simple basic necessities sometimes. My church and a few of our family members, pray for me daily. We do not know where else to turn. Please help us with this problem. I am sending a copy of this letter to Representative Paul Battle, since he is also from Bartow County, as well as Governor Nathan Deal. Maybe they, too, will see the importance of the Social Security Administration expediting their claims and what a bind a lot of former hard-working Georgians end up in when they are legitimately not able to work due to their health.
I apologize for the length of this letter, but I felt it was important for you to know all of the information you could about my case in order that you may be able to better help me.
Mary A. Bryant
Representative Paul Battle
208 Rd. #2, S.W., Cartersville, GA 30120
Office of the Governor, Nathan Deal
06 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334