My name is Antonia. I am 22 years old and live by myself with me and my newborn daughter. If you researched my name you would find links about my car accident and paralyzation. I became paralyzed from the chest down [ T7 down] in 2008 when i turned 17 years old. I was in a tragic car accident that flipped 6 times 15feet high in the air and slammed against trees and fell to the ground. I was mercy flighted to ECMC in Buffalo and they had told me that i broke 9 ribs, i broke my chest[sternum] in half, both of my lungs were punctured and i crushed my spine, resulting in paralyzation. The driver got scared and ran off and the other person in the vehicle was unconcious. He woke up and ended up going to get me help, i am lucky to be alive today, if it wasn't for him i would have never made it, it was in the back winding roads in the country with little traffic and it was late AM dark and rainy. I lived in ECMC for 4 months, all summer. I graduated on time the next year with my classmates after being homeschooled for more than half the year. I had a benefit 5 years ago for my medical bills, but only made enough for my medical bills and everything has been gone for years now.
I became preganant last year in 2012 and just had my baby a few months ago, she was 2 months early and one of the most beautiful babies you would ever meet. Problem is, I live on SSi and live month by month. I cannot get a job [only an at home job] due to my injury, the excessive pain does not allow me to be in an office or anything else for over 3 hours a day no matter how much pain medication i take. I have a baby now so my expenses are extremely limited, my rent each month takes up more than half my SSi check so i was barely holding on when she was born and now i am deep and down under. I have not even a cent left in my name at the end of every month.
I need a vehicle, a handicapped vehicle or a vehicle that can be modified. Which these types of vehicles are in the thousands of thousands range. If i get a vehicle that can be modified it has to be higher than a 2008 and under 60,000 miles in order for this company i can work with to put in the controls for me and make it wheelchair accessable so i can drive it myself. I need a vehicle so i can get my daughter to her appointments, go grocery shopping for ourselves and go to the store to get her neccessities instead of having to rely on family to do so. My dream is to be able to drive myself and my daughter places and become independant. If i raise more than enough money for a vehicle my next goal is to make my own candles, clothing items, craft items ect. and open up an online shop. But i of course need to buy all of the tools to do so.
Any help whatsoever would be deeply and forever appreciated!