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I am trying to find someone or organization to help me with any free items to help me. My husband passed 3 years ago. I am disabled and my medication costs me 100%. Medicare pays 80% for dr. care (thank God). I just don't have enough to meet my common needs. I know there are others worst off.

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I can't afford to keep the yard up. A lot happened during his passing. My mom passed 5 months later. it is a long story but I don't know where to go for some help so I am depressed all the time.

I have diabeties, diabetic neuropathy, fibromagia, arthritis, poor circulation, extreme pain, and back problems. My home is nice but I don't want to sell it. My husband built it. I am not lazy. I get up and try to do all I can. My medication takes a lot of my medicare as well as home taxes, food, and etc. I am not begging. I worked all my life, still the illness has put a hardship on me. I know there is something or an organization that can help me but, I don't know where to go.. I only need a little help. I have searched the internet.

-Brenda

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February 17, 20040 found this helpful

I have a few links to sites where you can find help. you can also discuss this with your Dr., although many times they are not very helpful. You needs to ask the Dr. about "drug assistance programs"

The links that will be most helpful to your will depend on what drugs you are using. But here is where to start:

https://www.pparx.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">https://www.pparx.org

http://www.needymeds.com/" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.needymeds.com/

If you are on medicare, Pfizer has a low cost Share card. You can find information here:

http://www.pfizerforliving.com/pfl/welcome.jsp" rel="nofollow" target="new"> http://www.pfizerforliving.com/pfl/welcome.jsp

http://www.lillyanswers.com/" rel="nofollow" target="new"> http://www.lillyanswers.com/

I hope this will be of help for many low income seniors that need help with medications. It has been a lifesaver for me.

Harlean

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February 17, 20040 found this helpful

The lady who needs help with her living expenses might be able to get a

reverse mortgage on her house. A local bank should be able to answer her

questions.

Nancy Wall <><

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February 17, 20040 found this helpful

This is for Brenda.. I do this, alot by finding resources for a lot of people. I would like to help her, but I would need to know what state, county etc. Please have her contact me personally, I have alot of resources for needy, medications, seniors. etc, what I pass on to alot of friends and people, I can do this for yor site as well if you wish.

Editor's Note: If any of you need help with a situation like this, let us know and we will put you in touch with DeNovi.

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February 17, 20040 found this helpful

http://diabetestrustfoundation.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://diabetestrustfoundation.org

diabetes trust foundation

http://www.health.gov/nhic/Pubs/tollfree.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.health.gov/nhic/Pubs/tollfree.htm

2004 toll free phone numbers for health information

http://www.orgsites.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.orgsites.com

free websites, news bars, and directory listings

http://www.knowx.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.knowx.com

public records resource

http://inter800.com/800info.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://inter800.com/800info.htm

800/888 free phone numbers information

http://www.empirehealthstore.com/links.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.empirehealthstore.com/links.htm

http://www.seniorlaw.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.seniorlaw.org

http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/Disabilities/Physical/facts.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/Disabilities/Physical/facts.htm

http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/Disabilities/index.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/Disabilities/index.htm

http://seniors.gov/retirementplanner/housing/govt_assisted_housing.html" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://seniors.gov/retirementplanner/housing/govt_assisted_housing.html

http://www.independentliving.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.independentliving.org

http://covertheuninsuredweek.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://covertheuninsuredweek.org

http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/programs.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.dhfs.state.wi.us/programs.htm

http://www.utexas.edu/disability" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.utexas.edu/disability

http://www.nichcy.org/stateshe/tx.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.nichcy.org/stateshe/tx.htm

You can also write to your congressman of your state, and tell them about the problems you are having in trying to find help or call them and see if they a an 800 phone number and search the web for 800 phone numbers

and check out those also, If I find it I will send it to you.

http://www.sawebs.com/advocates/links.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.sawebs.com/advocates/links.htm

advoacy places for you to try also

http://www.geocities.com/queenesperfect" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.geocities.com/queenesperfect

Resources by state

http://www.feedingchildrenbetter.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.feedingchildrenbetter.org

Feeding children better

Govt assistance for low income individuals and families

http://www.geocities.com/spetite_oh/assistance.html" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.geocities.com/spetite_oh/assistance.html

Heatland Share

http://www.heartlandshare.com" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.heartlandshare.com

Human Service Charities of America

http://www.hsca.org/Charity2.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.hsca.org/Charity2.htm

Knights of Kindness resources for all situations

http://www.baddteddy.com/medical/free.htm" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.baddteddy.com/medical/free.htm

List of local food banks

http://secondharvest.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://secondharvest.org

Meals on Wheels Association of America

http://www.mowaa.org/index.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.mowaa.org/index.shtml

http://www.warmingfamilies.org" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.warmingfamilies.org

Are you a crafter who enjoys making blankets, quilts and clothes? Warming Families helps to keep homeless people warm by suppling them with these necessities.

The donation of your hand-created craft may mean a few hours for you - but it might save the life of a cold, elderly person!

These are just a few I have!

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February 18, 20040 found this helpful

Brenda should talk to her dr. and see if he can't contact the medicine companies and get her the medicine for free. They have programs where if her dr. orders it for her the co. will send a 6 mo supply to her dr. office and she will pick it up there and the medicines will be free. Don't know much more about the program but it's worth a try.

Jackie

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February 18, 20040 found this helpful

Brenda Live each day......one day at a time. Plan ahead for what you can. But try not to plan too much on one day so that you become overwhelmed. It is easy to do when you don't feel well.

1. Good site for fibromyalgia suffers http://www.fibrohugs.com/" rel="nofollow" target="new">http://www.fibrohugs.com/ they offer a lot of support for many causes.

2. Ask your doctor for free samples of your medicines or ask him to switch you to a comparable one that he has free samples for.

A) Contact the manufacturers of your medicine sometimes they have programs to help people get their medicine.

B) My aunt gets her drugs from Canada and she lives in Florida. The pharmacist is in touch with a pharmacy in Canada and they mail her drugs to her door. She saves a lot of money. But you have to ask yourself if this is really safe, or is it worth risking your health for.

3. As far as it goes for the yard work, hire a teenager looking for some extra cash. Sometimes you can find a good worker at a good price.

A) Contact a guidance counselor at your local school and post a help wanted sign.

B) Or maybe you can go to an area church and see if any youth groups or teens are looking for community service projects.

C) Contact the scouting organizations in your area to see if any scouts can help you.

D) Contact your area Agency on Aging to see if anyone has offered to help elderly people with yard work.

5. Learn how to barter. You do something for someone they do something of equal value for you. I wish you the best. IF you need any further help.... keep posting.

-Linda

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February 25, 20040 found this helpful

Brenda... I am a RX TEch in CA if you want to contact me I might be able to help get you set up with some plans to help. email me at Cissy219 (at sign) msn.com . JCHoyle

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April 6, 20040 found this helpful

Brenda,

Ask your dr. for samples. I do this all the time for my husbands medicine that is not covered by insurance. I have got his medicine this way for about a year and a half. I just call when he is almost out and they tell me to come over and pick it up! Try it.

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May 7, 20040 found this helpful

Brenda-

My mother also suffers from fibromyalgia and lupus. It is a tiring illness and you never know from one day to the next if you can make it out of bed, much less get your things done around the house.

Check with your utility companies to see if they have programs available to assist you. Some have an estimated cost program to avoid varrying costs throughout the year. Many phone companies have a program for elderly and disabled that limits them to local calls for sometimes as little as $1 a month (depending on where you live) and if you need to make long distance calls you can use a phone card.

If you are a memeber of a church, some churches help take on some of these burdens because they feel it is the churches responsibility to care for the widows as the Bible teaches.

Many churches and other organizations hold food banks. Some you can go to once a week and some are Government ran and you can go to once or twice a month. If you are disabled there are some that will even deliver it to your home. Although the Red Cross or Salvation Army in your area may not offer these services, chances are they have a list of places in your area that do offer them.

Also, if you are disabled you may qualify for someone to come in to your home several times a week just to clean or take you shopping, etc. There are a few places that charge you a minimal fee, but most are covered by your Midicare/Medicaid with a letter from your Dr. Depending on your disability, you may qualify for someone to come in once a day to fix your evening meal, throw laundry in for you, do your dishes, etc. Basic things that are difficult for you to do for yourself.

On your medications, there are what most refer to as an "indigent" program. Talk to your Dr. to see if he/she would be willing to work on this for you. My mother used to sit down once a month and write up her letters to the medication manufacturers and through her Dr., he would add his notes and sign the letters. They would be sent to the Dr.'s office and doled out as needed. Some Dr.'s may have stopped doing this because there were several cases of Dr.'s writing letters on behalf of patients without their knowledge and either abusing the drugs themselves or selling them for their own profit. So if you are denied this route, you can try writing to the manufacturers themselves with a note from your Dr.

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

If God brings you to it, he will certainly bring you through it. I just want you to know that God loves you and all you have to do is talk with the lord about what you are going through. i know that you are a special person and that God is ordering your steps. Just hold on and he will carry you through. I will be praying for you. I don't have any money to give but I will contact you, when the funds are available. P.s. I love you

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